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Reader: Why not keep the Defender?

2014-03-25 07:14

END OF AN ICON: Due to government and safety regulations, the venerable Defender line will be chopped. Land Rover announced it will cease production of its iconic 4x4 in 2015. Image: LAND ROVER:


Land Rover is in the midst of a major brand shake-up. Some will love it - off-roading diehards will probably hate it.

The automaker is set to replace its Freelander and Defender.

According to the automaker: "Defender production in its current format will stop at the end of 2015. A replacement will join the Land Rover model range but we have  announced neither the name nor details of the new product.

"The Defender in its current format is coming to an end and we are looking at options."


Wheels24 reader STEPHAN DE BEER shares his thoughts on Land Rover's Defender:

"Not all drivers want the most advanced fancy gadgets and technology. I am a Defender driver and will be a Defender driver for as long as there are gravel roads and border posts I can cross.

"I like plain and capable. I like its suspension, looks, gears and its smell. I like the feeling I get when I’m behind the wheel of my Defender 130.

"Land Rover became icon for their rugged, no frills utility off-road vehicles. Why not keep the Defender? Why change it? Why fiddle with the best?

"I guess those in charge at Land Rover probably don’t know the feeling of driving a Defender on a gravel road in Africa. Maybe they should ditch their ties and white collar shirts in favour of a T-shirt and hit the open road...like real people do.

"Maybe they will come to their senses. Idiots!"

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