Production of the Current Land Rover Defender Has Ended

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Land Rover is celebrating 68 years of history as the last of the current Defenders rolls off the assembly line.

To mark the special occasion, the British automaker invited over 700 current and former Solihull plant employees involved in the production of Series Land Rover and Defender vehicles to the event. Some of the most important vehicles from the plant’s history were also on hand including the first pre-production “Huey” Series I. Of course the last vehicle off the production line was present, a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top.

Land Rover also used the event to announce a new Heritage Restoration Program that will be based on the site of the existing Solihull production line. A team of experts will oversee the restoration of a number of Series Land Rovers sourced from around the world. The first of the restored vehicles will go on sale in July 2016.

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The automaker is now looking towards the future and is currently designing and engineering a new Defender model. Rumor has it that it will debut in 2018 and the next-generation model is expected to make a return to the U.S. The current Defender hasn’t been sold stateside since 1997.

“Today we celebrate what generations of men and women have done since the outline for the Land Rover was originally drawn in the sand,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth. “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.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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