Jaguar Land Rover employees at Halewood Operations in Merseyside have celebrated an important milestone achievement following the production of the 300,000th Land Rover Freelander 2.
Production of the Freelander 2 at Halewood Operations commenced in October 2006 and earlier this week the plant's 300,000th Freelander 2 was driven off the line. The vehicle is a 2.2 litre Diesel in Barolo Black and is destined for a customer in Brazil – one of the brand's fastest growing markets. Land Rover is the leading SUV brand in the country with around a 40% market share.
Halewood Operations Director Richard Else, said: "I'd like to congratulate the Halewood team for reaching this superb milestone and also sustaining the highest quality standards on Freelander 2, during the Range Rover Evoque launch period. Freelander was Land Rover's biggest selling model last year retailing around 52,000 units globally."
In Australia, the 2012 Freelander 2 is available with a choice of petrol or turbo diesel engines. There are two refined 2.2 litre diesel engines, either the 140kW SD4 or the 110kW TD4. There is also the option of the petrol Si6 which produces 171kW of power. With class-leading on and off-road performance, featuring Terrain ResponseTM, Hill Descent Control, a premium cabin, improved fuel economy and an affordable cost of ownership. Freelander 2 is on-sale from $44,990 plus on road costs.
50 Years of Halewood:
Halewood Operations is currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary of motor vehicle production and assembly. Between April 2012 and March 2013 Halewood is celebrating five decades of automotive manufacturing. Back in 1962 the plant was constructed and the first employees were already at work in a hangar near to the old Liverpool airport. The first car rolled off the production line in March 1963.
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, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's 4x4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries.
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.
The all-new Range Rover Sport will make its global premiere in a ground breaking live drive through Manhattan, New York, on 27 March (AEDT).
The Land Rover Discovery 4 has been crowned 4X4 of the Year by 4X4 Australia magazine in a rigorous four-day test conducted by seven off-road experts in rural NSW.
Land Rover is continuing to champion British innovation and cutting-edge automotive engineering by unveiling seven new Electric Defender models at the Geneva Motor Show.
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