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Last Land Rover Defender rolls off Solihull line

More than 700 current and former Solihull employees involved in the production of Series Land Rover and Defender vehicles attended the event, which also marked the announcement of a new Heritage Restoration Programme.

Over two million Defenders have been built over the years and used by a wide number of British fleets, as well as by the Queen and even in a number of films, including James Bond.

Jaguar Land Rover has previously said it’s stopping production as the Defender won't meet future European laws on fuel emissions. A replacement vehicle is currently being developed.

The last model, a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top, will be housed in the Jaguar Land Rover Collection.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Today we celebrate what generations of men and women have done since the outline for the Land Rover was originally drawn in the sand. The Series Land Rover, now Defender, is the origin of our legendary capability, a vehicle that makes the world a better place, often in some of the most extreme circumstances. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Defender, among all our employees, but this is not the end. We have a glorious past to champion, and a wonderful future to look forward to.”

The new Heritage Restoration Programme programme will be based on the existing site of the existing Solihull production line and will see a team of experts oversee the restoration of a number of Series Land Rovers sourced from across the globe.

For an indepth feature on the Defender and its success among British fleets, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.