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The first official Freelander 2 TD4_e was produced at the joint Jaguar/Land Rover assembly facility at Halewood.

Finished in Porcelain White, the 'Job One' vehicle, which is destined for a customer in Spain. Those members of the Halewood workforce who have been instrumental in ensuring a successful launch were present to celebrate.

The programme, initiated in October last year, will balance emissions from the first 72 000km of customer use on vehicles sold in the Gulf region and the CO2 generated by Land Rover’s manufacturing operations in the UK. Very noble.

Freelander 2 TD4_e, equipped with intelligent stop-start technology (no, it’s not a euphemism for reliability problems) is now Land Rover's most fuel efficient vehicle to date.

Offsetting CO2 emissions and the development of sustainable technologies are just two strands of Land Rover's integrated approach to tackling climate change. Land Rover is jointly investing £800m in sustainable technologies with Jaguar.

Efficient small SUV

The Freelander 2 TD4_e is the first production vehicle to incorporate technologies from the company’s programme of sustainable engineering initiatives, collectively named 'e TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES'.

It delivers improved fuel consumption of 0.7l/100km from 7.5l/100km to 6.8./100km and an 8% reduction in CO2 emissions over standard EU4 drive cycle. Savings in heavy urban traffic are tabulated to be as much as 20%.

Prototypes of the TD4_e have already received excellent feedback from European journalists and dealers, according to Land Rover.

Phil Popham, Land Rover’s MD, said: “The Stop-Start Freelander 2 is the first production vehicle to benefit from the massive £800 million investment in sustainable technologies by Jaguar and Land Rover. The Stop-Start feature will be included as standard on all Freelander 2 TD4 manual models, with no associated increase in list prices."


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