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6,000,000th Land Rover gets one-off puddle lamp

A Yulong White 2015 Range Rover LWB Vogue SE became the 6,000,000th Land Rover to be produced at Solihull and was fitted with a one-off puddle lamp celebrating the fact.

LAND ROVER HAS unveiled a one-off Range Rover LWB Vogue SE at the Shanghai Motor Show. The 6,000,000th Land Rover to come off the production line at Solihull had its standard puddle lamp, displaying a Range Rover silhouette, replaced by one displaying a Land Rover logo and the landmark figure.

6,000,000th Land Rover rolls off the production line

Land Rover said, “The illuminated graphic, which is the width of a grain of rice, is projected through a magnifying lens onto the ground every time the vehicle is unlocked in an image which is 80cm in diameter. This same graphic was projected on to the wall of the Solihull manufacturing facility to mark the moment when the 6,000,000th vehicle rolled off the production line”.

Andy Goss, Director, Group Sales Operations, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “For 67 years Land Rover has been building the world’s most capable all-purpose vehicles.  Over this period, a range of ground-breaking innovations and technologies have blended great design, refinement and unmatched all-terrain capability.

“It’s fitting that the 6,000,000th Land Rover to be produced is a Range Rover, since this year marks the 45th anniversary of the original Range Rover’s launch and even today, the vehicle remains peerless. With the growth of sales in China since the latest version of the Range Rover was introduced in 2012, it is entirely appropriate that this landmark vehicle is destined for a Chinese customer.”

Of the 6,000,000 Land Rovers produced, more than 900,000 are Range Rover vehicles and the Rangie is the first car to have been displayed at the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris, where it was cited as an ‘exemplary work of industrial design’.

LAND ROVER HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1947: Original Land Rover project approved

1948: The Land Rover is launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show on 30th April 

1948: First Station Wagon introduced

1949  : British Army orders its first Land Rovers

1950: Freewheel 4×4 system replaced by selectable two or four-wheel-drive

1953: Long-wheelbase Land Rover introduced

1957: Diesel engine introduced

1958: Series II Land Rover unveiled with more refined styling

1959 : 250,000th vehicle produced

1961  : Series IIA with 2.25 diesel introduced

1966: 500,000th vehicle produced

1970 : Original two-door Range Rover (the Classic) goes on sale

1971: Land Rover Series III launched; 750,000th Land Rover produced

1972: Range Rover crosses the Darien Gap on the 18,000-mile British Army Trans-America expedition, taking 99 days to cover 250 miles of dense jungle

1976: 1,000,000th Land Rover built

1977: Range Rover wins 4×4 class in the 30,000km (18,750-mile) London-Sydney Marathon – the longest ever speed-based car rally

1978: A Range Rover wins the inaugural Paris-Dakar rally (and again in 1981)

1981: First production four-door Range Rover debuts along with the first factory-produced limited edition – the ‘In Vogue’

1982: Automatic transmission introduced on Range Rover for first time

1983 : Land Rover adopts coil sprung suspension with introduction of One Ten

1984: Land Rover Ninety introduced

1985: Diesel-powered ‘Bullet’ Range Rover breaks 27 speed records

1987: Range Rover launched in North America

1989: Range Rover is world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with anti-lock brakes; Land Rover Discovery is introduced as a three-door model only

1990: Land Rovers are re-launched and renamed Defender 90, 110 and 130 with new 2.5-litre turbo-charged direct injection diesel engine; Five-door Discovery arrives

1992: Land Rover North America is founded with a limited run of 500 Defender 110 vehicles powered by the 3.9-litre V8 engine; Range Rover is world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with electronic traction control and automatic electronic air suspension

1993: Land Rover North America follows up the success of the launch of the Defender 110 with the Defender 90 soft top

1994 : Second-generation (P38A) Range Rover introduced; Discovery launched in USA

1997: Land Rover Freelander launched

1998  : Discovery II launched

2001: 3,000,000th Land Rover produced is a Freelander

2001 : Third-generation Range Rover introduced

2002 : 500,000th Range Rover is produced at the Solihull plant

2004: Discovery 3 introduced at New York Auto Show

2005: Range Rover Sport launched

2006 : All-new Freelander 2 introduced

2007: 4,000,000th Land Rover produced is a Discovery

2009: Discovery 4/LR4 launched; Freelander TD4e (Stop/Start) introduced delivering 10% improvement in fuel consumption over previous model

2010 : Range Rover Evoque introduced

2012: Fourth-generation Range Rover introduced – the world’s first all-aluminium SUV

2013: Second-generation Range Rover Sport introduced before establishing record for production standard SUV at Pikes Peak; Land Rover Discoverys complete record-breaking London-Cape Town expedition, making 10,000- mile journey in 10 days

2014 : 500,000th Range Rover Sport sold

2014: Land Rover Discovery Sport introduced

2015: Exclusive Range Rover SV Autobiography Black edition launched at New York; 6,000,000th Land Rover produced is a Range Rover LWB SE Vogue


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