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History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

Our man Stuart Collins has been busy scanning the pictures he’s taken over the years while working at Longbridge. These photographs of Rover’s Company Protection Services (CPS) vehicles are absolutely fascinating. These CPS vehicles had been known to turn out to incidents and accident on the public roads around the factory as their response time was […]

Best of British : Land Rover’s Autobiography programme – Part 2

Best of British : Land Rover’s Autobiography programme – Part 2

In his final article looking at Land Rover’s Autobiography personalisation programme, David Morgan finds the Autobiography name being extended to the Range Rover Sport and Evoque, as well as the most exclusive version of the Land Rover Defender to be built. Perfecting the brilliant or gilding the lily? Since its launch at the 1993 London […]

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News : 2,000,000th ‘utility’ Land Rover marks production milestone

News : 2,000,000th ‘utility’ Land Rover marks production milestone

The two-millionth ‘utility’ Land Rover will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, after Land Rover reached the manufacturing milestone in the model’s final year of production. The one-off 90 commemorates 2,000,000 Land Rover Defender and Series models, produced at Lode Lane, Solihull, since 1948. Unique touches include a map of Red Wharf Bay – […]

News : Land Rover Defender reaches the end of the line

News : Land Rover Defender reaches the end of the line

The Land Rover Defender – one of the few genuinely classic cars you can still buy new – is to go out of production in 2015. The iconic off-roader, which has been on sale since 1948 in one form or another, gets the chop in the face of escalating safety regulations and a changing market […]

News : Electric Defender trials underway in Cornwall

News : Electric Defender trials underway in Cornwall

Land Rover’s Electric Defender prototype has begun trials at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. It will be performing general duties, as well as towing a four-carriage, 12-tonne road train in order to ascertain its usefulness as a working vehicle. The innovative 4×4 is a rolling laboratory to develop new ideas and investigate […]

First Drive : Land Rover Defender Electric prototype

First Drive : Land Rover Defender Electric prototype

First thing’s first… After reading this, don’t head over to your local Land Rover dealer and expect to be able to hand over a deposit for a new Defender Electric. Land Rover will tell you it’s an engineering programme evaluating whether battery power is suited to the most arduous of terrain and conditions – and, […]

Geneva Motor Show 2013 : Land Rover Defender Electric

Geneva Motor Show 2013 : Land Rover Defender Electric

Keith Adams, photography Andrew Elphick Land Rover unveiled its electric Defender at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It’s currently a research project, but Land Rover says it could enter production if there’s sufficient demand. It’s a full-electric vehicle that sees its standard 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine and gearbox replaced by a 70kW (94bhp), 243lb ft electric […]

News : Land Rover unveils electric Defender for Geneva

News : Land Rover unveils electric Defender for Geneva

Keith Adams Land Rover is unveiling seven new electric Defender models at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The research vehicle’s standard diesel engine and gearbox have been replaced by a 70kW (94bhp), 330Nm electric motor twinned with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 27kWh, giving a claimed range of more than 50 miles. […]

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News : Defender spruced up for 2013

News : Defender spruced up for 2013

Land Rover has revealed some minor changes to the Defender for the 2013 model year. Are we looking at the final spruce-up for the European market? The refresh includes a new colour pallet, with Barolo Black and Havana being added to the range. But also several options have been added for contrasting roofincluding Fuji White, […]

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News : Land Rover XTech arrives

News : Land Rover XTech arrives

Land Rover has unveiled a new special edition Defender called the XTech. On sale now and priced from £27,995, the new model stands out thanks to a choice of either Orkney Grey or Nara Bronze paint with contrasting Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and black chequer plates along the bumpers and sills. Available as a […]

In-house designs : Land Rover LCV⅔

In-house designs : Land Rover LCV⅔

Defending the 1990s The Lightweight Concept Vehicle programme was initiated by Land Rover in the early 1990s, and was a serious investigation into the production of lighter, cleaner and greener off-roaders. The idea was to test-bed new technologies, harking back to the days of the British Leyland Technology ECV programme, and one of the targets […]

News : Land Rover DC100 unveiled at Frankfurt

News : Land Rover DC100 unveiled at Frankfurt

Matthew Hayward Land Rover pulled the covers off a Sport version of its ‘New Defender’ concept, in addition to the DC100 previewed in the lead up to Frankfurt, supporting the announcement that it plans to replace the current Defender in 2015. The launch of a new off-roader will coincide with the incoming Euro 6 regulations, […]

News : Land Rover DC100 for Frankfurt

News : Land Rover DC100 for Frankfurt

Keith Adams Land Rover’s exciting DC100 Concept will be unveiled to the public at the IAA in Frankfurt and clearly signals the company’s intent to replace the Defender with a brand new car. The new concept is a long way away from being a production-ready vehicle, but shows that Land Rover is ready to shun […]

News : Land Rover Defender to be scrapped?

News : Land Rover Defender to be scrapped?

Keith Adams The Defender is probably the most recognisable new car you can buy today, and like the Mini and the Jaguar E-type has become a British icon. That it’s actually still for sale at all given how useless it is as a road car is a genuine miracle – but that’s because it’s still […]

Drive Story : Land Rover Defender // Stonehenge to London

Drive Story : Land Rover Defender // Stonehenge to London

Recently refreshed and confirmed for production for a few years yet, the Land Rover Defender is a British institution, and the closest thing to a brand new classic you can buy in the UK. To celebrate, we take one from Stonehenge in Wiltshire to the heart of London, and photograph it with something rather modern. […]

In-house designs : Rover SD5

In-house designs : Rover SD5

New age Landie FOR all those who thought that the only Specialist Division prototypes produced were the SD1 and SD2, here’s something of a treat for you. During the early 1970s, BL management investigated the possibility of replacing its long-lived Land Rover, and tasked the Specialist Division to come up with a low-cost, easy to […]

Review: A weekend with the Land Rover Defender

Review: A weekend with the Land Rover Defender

They say love is blind – and for the hoards of fans of the Land Rover Defender, it jolly well needs to be considering the car’s throwback dynamics, minimal safety equipment and near total lack of anything resembling comfort. Drawing its ancestry to 1948 in just three easy moves, the Defender has remained largely unchanged […]