Another Legend Dies

land rover defender

Last week it was announced that the VW Camper will die at the end of the year. Now it has been announced that the definitive off-roader the Land Rover Defender will die at the end of 2015.  What is it will all the legends dying lately its horrible. However the Land Rover has lasted longer than most, land rover began in the same year as TVR and the Citroen 2CV.

Land Rover

Its said that 75% of the 2 million Landy’s made are still on the road today. The Defender has been a legend around the world, and legendary in England particularly, it goes along with the Jaguar E-Type and the Original Mini, true British legends. Although the Defender has evolved over the years it has still kept the original style and look.

DC1001

The Land Rover Defender name will live on a new car but it will never be the same. The Land Rover DC100 won’t ever have the same following as the original. It has an uprated version of the current Discovery 4 chassis, and will bring all new 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to the party. Land Rover have said that we are unlikely to see the new Defender until 2016 at the earliest this would follow the death of the Defender.

DC100

The problem with the new Defender is that it makes a turn to the newer electronic 4×4 terrain response system used in all the current Land Rovers, and Range Rovers. This means one of the few companies who use the mechanical system is gone and now we are stuck with little lights telling us we’re in 4×4 mode rather than a big clunk from underneath the car, which is annoying.

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One thought on “Another Legend Dies

  1. mud4fun October 10, 2013 / 11:47 AM

    There will still be Series Land Rovers and current model Defenders on the roads long after the first generation of Discovery, Freelander and Evoque have all been scrapped as long as diesel is still available and classic cars haven’t been legislated off the roads.

    It is not that the modern vehicles aren’t good or capable but simply that they are not built to last, not built to be easily DIY fixable and they have far too many expensive systems that once broken often mean the vehicle is scrapped rather than repaired, especially once they get old enough for manufacturer parts supply to dry up.

    The main issue with these modern vehicles is that they are mostly purchased by a different type of person than the original Land Rovers. This new customer type tends to be fashion conscious and will change their car as easily as they change their clothes. They simply do not have the brand loyalty that Land Rovers customers did in the past and unless LR constantly refresh their model range they will go out of fashion. A rapid turn over of models means that parts supplies will be drastically curtailed for existing models after a few short years just as we find with the japanese manufacturers. It is partly due to the previous very long periods and good backward compatability of parts coverage that allowed old Land Rovers to be kept running.

    These days the Series Land Rovers have excellent after market parts supply but that is because they are a large enough enthusiast market to make it worthwhile. I simply don’t see such a future demand for say Evoque or Freelander parts and despite the Discovery 1 having a good following in off road circles its numbers are dwindling fast.

    However the old thing about 75% of LR’s still being on the road is surely a gross exageration. True, there will be lots of Series trucks tucked away in garages, sheds, barns and fields in either rotten or semi-rotten states that could in theory be brought back to life but they can’t really be counted as ‘on the road’. Last time I looked the number of Series trucks with current VED on the DVLA database was less than 10% of the vehicles originally sold and registered in the UK.

    Regards,

    Ian

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