Frankfurt Motor Show: A Defender, but not as we knew it – The Times

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Frankfurt Motor Show: A Defender, but not as we knew it – The Times

The long-awaited relaunch of the Land Rover Defender has left potential customers wondering whether the carmaker has abandoned its traditional fan base.

Three years after the Solihull-built Defender was axed after nearly 70 years in production, Jaguar Land Rover launched its successor, with a price tag from £40,000 and a range of luxury gizmos on board, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Gerry McGovern, Jaguar Land Rover’s designer more used to creating luxury Range Rovers, said that the new Defender had kept its integrity as the sort of “vehicle that gets passed down from one generation to another”.

The last old model Land Rover Defender coming off the production line at Solihull in 2016PA

However, the internet was immediately alive with comments from traditional owners of the Defender, which when the model was withdrawn in 2016 could be bought from £23,000. One…

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