It’s official: the new Land Rover Defender will be built in Slovakia, and not Solihull. 

That won’t really be much of a surprise to Autocar readers: it’s long been expected that the revived rugged off-roader would be produced alongside the Discovery at Jaguar Land Rover’s recently opened £1 billion Slovakian plant. But the confirmation still sparked headlines in the national media.

Let’s leave aside the politics of that decision for now (I’m sure the word ‘Brexit’ may have appeared in wider news coverage of the story). Because the news prompted someone to ask me an interesting question: will the new Defender still be seen as a British car?