Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

The U.S. auto industry have given us some of the most incredible automobiles over the last 100 hundred years. Starting with the Ford Model T , the first vehicle mass-produced on moving assembly lines, and ending with the aluminum-bodied, 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, America has made a name for itself as one of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers. Before the Great Depression, the U.S. produced over 90 percent of the vehicles sold globally, and after World War II it was responsible for 75 percent of the world’s production. That’s no longer the case in 2014, when China manufactures nearly 20 million vehicle a year, more than both the U.S. and Japan.

Sure, these numbers don’t mean U.S. manufacturers have lost their touch. Just look at the new Mustang and Corvette Z06 , and you’ll notice the brilliant engineering and the passion are still there. However, it’s common knowledge that global production works on different standards which restrict the availability of certain models in certain markets. It works both ways. Europe, for instance, can’t have many of the vehicles sold in the U.S., while Americans can’t buy cars made by a variety of European brands. Ironically, North American manufacturers have launched a bevy of nameplates that can’t be had in the U.S. And while most of them wouldn’t stir any interest on these shores, some vehicles have caused great frustration to the American enthusiast.

I’m going to talk about the latter. The cool cars we can’t buy and drive over various production or import issues, or even the manufacturer’s lack of interest in the U.S. market. Take a look at my choices below and tell me what you guys think. I narrowed the list down to 10 vehicles, so feel free to let me know which ones you think I should have included in the comments box.

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The Land Rover Defender , one of the most coveted off-road vehicles ever built, will get the axe in 2015, 22 years after its introduction and 66 years after its ancestor, the Land Rover Series, was launched. An icon will cease to exist, although the Brits are working on a successor that will arrive sometime in 2017. While the disappearing of the original Defender is sad news for all off-road enthusiasts, Land Rover is bidding fairwell to its potent SUV by releasing several special-edition models. The most recent to come out of the company’s Solihull plant is the Africa Edition, of which only 50 units will be built.

As the name suggests, this extremely limited SUV pays tribute to the vehicle’s go-anywhere capabilities and its countless encounters with the African continent, and its harsh climate and landscape. Be it military , humanitarian aid missions or rally raids, the Defender remains one of the few vehicles to conquer Africa on land, and the Africa edition emphasizes on these achievements once more. Sure, we don’t need a special-edition SUV to remember the greatness of the Defender, but every iteration is welcome as the iconic vehicle is preparing its exit from the market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Africa Edition

British design firm Kahn Design is one of the best Land Rover modifiers in the business. That’s not an opinion as it is a fact. Time and again, Kahn releases new programs for Land Rover SUVs , sometimes to the point of even saturating its portfolio with the amount of projects it builds. It’s latest work, though, is a real treat, especially for fans of the Defender .

The program is called the Chelsea Defender and as you can expect, Kahn Design put in serious work to refine it. The end result really speaks for itself. The Defender looks absolutely gorgeous, a far departure from its traditional utilitarian look that doesn’t really do much to excite our senses.

This work brings out the eyes of the Defender, so to speak. It’s a comprehensive project, too, which is a bit surprising considering that Kahn usually reserves its modifications for the interior. So imagine our surprise when we saw a modified exterior look on the Defender, highlighted by a Nara Bronze paint finish with LED diamond bright lights.

It’s another impressive project by Kahn Design. At this point, you really expect nothing less from Kahn.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender By Kahn Design.

The Land Rover Defender has soldiered on decade after decade escaping any major update from its humble roots as a utilitarian military vehicle built to weather extreme environments, incoming artillery, and any off-road challenge Mother Nature could throw at it.

Through the years though, the Defender has softened up around the edges, with most changes happening within the cabin. While the changes have been enough to keep it afloat, safety regulations and dwindling sales have ushered in the Defender’s demise. Its last year in production is scheduled for 2015.

Before the Defender ’s last stand, Land Rover is dolling it up for a few last hurrahs. Two all-new special edition packages will be offered for 2015: the ‘Black Pack’ and ‘Silver Pack.’ By selecting either pack, the roof, front grille surround, wheels, and interior trim are turned either a Santorini black finish or bright Indus silver finish. The exterior body color is then painted black or silver to highly contrast the other parts.

Other bits include a color-matching ‘Defender’ script on the hood, tented privacy windows, and a black Alston headliner. Contrasting wheels are also present.

The packs will make their official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Both packs will be available on the short (90-inches) wheelbase, two-door and the (110-inch) long wheelbase, four-door Defender. Pricing has yet to be released, but unless you live outside the U.S., it won’t matter. The Defender doesn’t meet Federal regulations and hasn’t been available stateside for many years.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Defender Black And Silver Packs.

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Land Rover Defender

WhatCar? reports that Land Rover could launch a pickup version based on the next-generation Defender. The news broke after Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern explained that the pickup can only be launched when more conventional models of the Defender hit the market.

Now, Land Rover is planning to introduce the new Defender in the year 2016, this according to reports, which will be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, and permanent all-wheel drive. The WhatCar? report goes on to say that the upcoming Defender pickup would be a premium offering with all-wheel drive as standard. It is touted to rival the Volkswagen Amarok

The pickup version will only come in a five-seat, crew-cab configuration with permanent all-wheel drive. Traditionally, the Land Rover Defender has been available in various body styles, including hard top, soft top, wagon, utility wagon, chassis cab, double cab, etc. The rugged Defender platform has proven to be versatile, which can be tailored for specific applications.

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The Land Rover Defender has lived a long and glorious life that began back in 1948. The Defender is set to retire in 2015, following 67 years of production. Seen as an example of highly rugged British engineering, the Defender went on to conquer the world, thanks to its go-anywhere ability.

Land Rover plans to replace the Defender with a new model, based on the DC100 Concept . That said, the legacy of the original Defender has rendered it with "classic" status.

A. Kahn Design specializes in the customization of Land Rovers and its latest creation is based on a Defender 2.2 TDCi. Kahn likes to call it the Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCi SW 90 Chelsea Wide Track.

Kahn retained the classic shape of the Defender, but the subtle detailing make this Kahn Design Defender rather special.

Click past the jump to read in detail about the Land Rover Defender by Kahn Design

Land Rover Defender

It is indeed a sad day as we learn of Land Rover’s plans to end production of the iconic but barely road-worthy Defender .

Automotive News reported that recent sales stats of this lovable truck are in a tailspin during its last years on the market before saying ‘bye bye’ for 2015.

U.S. federal safety, emissions and import duties on small trucks keep the go-anywhere vehicle from roaming our shores with its lack of compliance to such thing as crumple zones and airbags. The one Defender we did get is long gone even in England: the V-8 automatic convertible two-door. Almost all green and very charming, these were the rich-guy Wrangler Jeep of the 1990s.

In the markets where it is sold outside the UK, like continental Europe, 50 years of history is almost a negative feature versus ultramodern crossovers. The Defender’s main problem is that it drives like a ’lorrie’ and is more uncomfortable and thirsty with diesel than one too.

Europeans have simply lost interest in the Defender, with Land Rover selling a mere 561 units in the first eight months of 2013, according to JATO Dynamics.

The historic SUV first saw production in 1983 and was sold within the US in very limited numbers. It was built on both a 90-inch or 110-inch wheelbase and featured a variety of different powerplants - both gasoline and diesel – and body configurations.

The Defender ’s extreme prowess off road and its rarity have earned it a cult following among enthusiasts. Such conditions have kept values for Defenders rather elevated for those in the US – even causing some to enter the country via the black market and away from Uncle Sam’s watchful regulatory eye.

However, there may be a silver lining in losing the Defender . A replacement for the hard-hitting rover is likely in the works and would be built well within the safety standards of governments world-wide and feature amenities buyers no longer consider optional. Power steering, a suspension that absorbs bumps and strong A/C are all features the Defender lacks.

Much of JLR’s cash is tied up trying to resuscitate Jaguar, so the Defender is taking a back seat in the new world of Euro6 and Cafe fuel standards.

"The Defender replacement remains far from ready due to a lack of volume and weak business case," analyst Max Warburton with Bernstein Research wrote in a recent report on Jaguar Land Rover.

Land Rover did show the DC100 concept at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show , but according to Warburton, the project has since been scrubbed.

He says Land Rover is currently mulling over an aluminum-bodied vehicle that would employ the current Range Rover’s underpinnings as a possible Defender replacement.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Defender.

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AS each week closes out, Mo and the folks at KAhn design roll out another fine example of the designer’s customization skills. This time, Kahn based its upgrade on the Land Rover Defender , and Kahn describes it as "a unique interpretation of an iconic vehicle." We couldn’t agree more.

As per usual with Kahn, the new Chelsea Wide Track package includes only exterior and interior updates, and the Defender is a good canvas for this, since it has never been about speed or power. Kahn took to task updating the look of the rugged Defender , and to enhancing its notorious off-road capabilities.

For this, Kahn added in a new aerodynamic kit with new front and rear wings, hood and side vents with mesh stainless steel, stainless-steel mesh for the front grilles,military-style headlights, and Kahn badges on the wing and tailgate.IT’s subtle, but it manages to give the rugged defender a refined look; kind of like putting an unshaven Clint Eastwood in a Armani suit.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Defender Chelsea Wide Track by Kahn Design.

It’s hard to confuse the Land Rover defender for a modern-day all-road utility vehicle.

The aesthetics pretty much give it away off the bat. But even with the utilitarian façade, the Defender is still capable of getting a luxury treatment. German tuner, Startech, proved that with its latest program for the Defender , which is headed to the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show .

The official details have yet to be revealed, but judging by the photos we’re seeing, the Defender definitely looks like its ready to dance at Frankfurt, packed with aesthetic and aero modifications, including a redesigned grille, a new set of LED headlamps and plenty of aluminum accents.

The interior is where the Defender looks to have leveled-up to become a true wonder of luxury. The wooden floors on the rear are a nice touch, as are the premium trims that seem to have been appropriately placed inside the Defender’s cabin.

Plenty of leather and Alcantara were also used inside the Defender, highlighting the contrast in personality the exterior and the interior of this utility vehicle.

More details are set to arrive once the Frankfurt Auto Show opens its doors. But we gotta say, this Startech program really captures our imaginations.

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Kahn Design has revealed the styling of their latest Land Rover Defender 90 up-fit, which includes a comprehensive exterior and interior makeover and the Chelsea Wide Track name. The Kahn personalization options list is immense, with near limitless combinations of paints, tweeds and leathers to camouflage this classic off-road machine in urban war paint.

Ever the victim of aggressive personalization, the Defender is still trendy because of how impractical and hilariously uncomfortable it is to drive. The mechanicals for Kahn ’s extreme makeover stay the same as the stock model, aside from some light engine enhancements to the 2.2-liter turbo diesel and of course the giant wheel/tire/spring package.

These vehicles are part of a new co-branding effort between Kahn Design and the Chelsea Truck Company. Forming what must be the most absurdly wordy name in history, the truck is best referred to as the Chelsea Defender. Offered in the 90 or 110-inch body styles, the Chelsea Defender offers some tasteful and some not-so-tasteful ways for customers to part with their cash.

Cynicism about modified Defenders is possible only from afar. Driving a Defender is still a strange treat off road, but its rude manners on pavement mean that owners have little choice: they must try to engineer improvements themselves via the aftermarket.

Kahn’s custom Land Rover will not be joining the official U.S. price lists any time soon. A fun competitor might be the Nissan Murano CrossCarbiolet ] - but sadly, the convertible Defender is not one of the five body styles offered for this legendary truck’s designer up-fit.

Click past the jump to read the full review of the new 2013 Land Rover Defender 90 - Chelsea Wide Track By Kahn Design, with a mega gallery of images of the various personalization options.


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