Land Rover Defends until 2010
15 May 2006

Land Rover has announced it will freshen its classic Defender for 2007.

Changes will include a new diesel engine, improvements to heating and ventilation and an upgraded interior.

The iconic car is to be produced until at least 2010. At that point emissions legislation gets tougher, though Land Rover says it is investigating ways of extending the Defender's production beyond that date.

Crash protection and pedestrian impact legislation has no effect on the Defender as it is classified as a light commercial vehicle.

750 Solihull jobs depend on the Defender; Land Rover sells around 25,000 of them a year. It estimates that two thirds of the 1.8 million examples of the Defender and its predecessors that it has sold are still in use.

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