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Last Land Rover Defender Rolls off Assembly Line

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On this momentous day, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth stood before a crowd of 700 current and former Solihull plant employees and 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 Land Rover Defender has been with us for 67 years and has made a wide and lasting impact in the automotive world. When the last production vehicle rolled off the assembly line, 700 current and former plant employees stood by to give it a proper send off. However, fret no longer as the next generation Defender is already on the horizon with a successor to step into place in 2018.


New Defender to Debut in 2018

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The Land Rover Defender has been with us for 67 years and has made a wide and lasting impact in the automotive world. Land Rover has announced that this year will be the last year of production for the rugged bodied Defender. However, fret no longer as the next generation Defender is already on the horizon with a successor to step into place in 2018.

Talks of the replacement has been going on for some time at the British marquee. The release of the new vehicle has been pushed back a number of times as a result of development issues such as improving fuel economy and improving crash-safety standards to modern day safety criteria.

Defender fans can expect to see an all new vehicle in 2019 with the option of five different body configurations, citing Automotive News. Land Rover’s approach is to provide a variety of options to appeal to a wider market. Expect the line up to include hard and soft-top of a two door version, a long wheel base 4 door, and a couple of pick up version.

So will it look like the DC100 concept vehicle we’ve seen? We doubt it. But if it blends the rugged features of the existing model with hints of the concept vehicle, you can sign me right up for one.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, tells Automotive News, “When this vehicle comes out, people will know it’s a Defender — it’s a modern Defender,”. “But it will bear no resemblance to those Defender concepts.”


Driving Impressions. Michelin Defender LTX M/S

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Michelin invited beyond.ca to the beautiful New England State of Vermont. We were hosted by the awesome team from Michelin Canada and Michelin USA. They brought their tire engineers, product managers, regional managers and public relations folks to introduce us to Michelin’s newest truck tire offering, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S.

In a previous article, I explained the rationale behind the new Michelin Defender LTX M/S. It’s now time to talk about what it is like to drive with these fine tires from Michelin.

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Michelin Introduces the Defender LTX M/S

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Albertans love to haul stuff, whether it’s dirt, furniture or people. 80% of all vehicles sold in Alberta during 2012 were trucks, SUVs and minivans. This just so happens to be the target market for the latest truck tire offering from Michelin. The new tire is called the Defender LTX M/S. It’s an evolution of the LTX M/S2 that has enjoyed immense success for Michelin. The LTX M/S2 is the best selling truck tire they offer and it doesn’t even appear on any vehicles straight from the factory. The LTX M/S2 has sold on reputation alone. It comes with a 115,000 km warranty and many owners far exceed that distance, but that wasn’t good enough for Michelin or its consumers. The Defender LTX M/S has the same warranty and is expected to outlast the long lasting LTX M/S2.

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