Gaydon, Warwickshire, 17th May 2010 – Land Rover is today celebrating another milestone achievement – the 200,000th Freelander 2 has rolled off the line, just over three years after it was introduced in 2006.
The vehicle, a Freelander 2 TD4_e in Biscay Blue, is destined for a customer in the UK, Land Rover’s largest market. Freelander 2 became the first SUV vehicle in the world to use intelligent Stop/Start technology in early 2009. Since then, Stop/Start has been fitted as standard to all diesel manual Freelander 2 vehicles and accounts for almost 50% of Freelander 2 sales globally.
Halewood Operations Director Michael Straughan said, “This achievement is thanks to the Halewood workforce, who have continuously driven improvements since the launch of Freelander 2 to maximise customer satisfaction. I’d like to congratulate the Halewood workforce on this team achievement.”
The positive sales trend continues for Land Rover globally with sales up 29.7% for April and 35.2% year to date. The UK remains the largest market for Freelander 2 with sales up 79.3% year to date.
About the Freelander 2 TD4_e
- World’s first SUV with an intelligent Stop/Start system
- Delivers improved fuel consumption of 0.8 litres per 100km (4.5mpg) and an 8% reduction in CO2 emissions over standard EU4 drive cycle
- New gearshift indicator light signals when a higher gear will allow the vehicle to operate more fuel-efficiently
- Characteristic Land Rover durability and all-terrain performance uncompromised by Stop/Start technology
- The first Land Rover model to achieve full End of Life Vehicle Certification
About Land Rover
- Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the world’s 4×4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries. Land Rover employs 9,500 people and supports a further 40,000 jobs supported in the supply chain.
- Land Rover is committed to addressing the challenges of climate change and since September 2006 carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover manufacturing activities and UK customer vehicle use has been balanced through an industry leading offset programme run by Climate Care.