Land Rover Defender could continue until 2017 - report

2012 Land Rover Defender - 12.8.2011
2012 Land Rover Defender - 12.8.2011

Could be given a safety exemption

Land Rover has already previewed the Defender replacement, but a new report is indicating the current model could stick around until 2017 - or later.

Citing an unidentified source, AutoCar says a pedestrian impact exemption could enable the Defender 110 and 130 to stay in production. Furthermore, the new 2.2-liter diesel engine was designed to be Euro 6 compliant so the company shouldn't have any problems when those regulations go into effect.

Despite the potential for the Defender to survive in its current form, Land Rover is still preparing to introduce an all-new model in 2015.

Source: AutoCar

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sensei sensei
The idea that cars need to be pedestrian safe in a crash is just a mindnumbing insult to my intelligence. The human body cannot withstand the crash or ANY vehicle given head trauma. How the people of Europe just acquiesce to this stupid regulation explains how the Euro is crashing.
Oct 25th, 2011 4:29pm
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coopergt coopergt
What about the Defender 90. Hope that also sticks around
Oct 24th, 2011 10:28pm
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Jaakkoe Jaakkoe
Surely they would need an exemption for more than the pedestrian safety regulations? How is it possible that the Defender - even in it's latest incarnation - doesn't have a driver's airbag? Also, I think stability control is becoming mandatory in all car models sold new in the EU. Can't think of a reason why they haven't added those safety features in yet, especially with all those powertrain and interior modifications in the past few years. It can be done even in an old bodyshell, as Merc has shown with their G.
Oct 23rd, 2011 12:36pm
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bone91 bone91
they should give it a safety exemption and should stick around forever! as for the defender concept, change the name and add it in your model lineup!
Oct 22nd, 2011 3:27am
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