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 the UK, the 2012 Freelander 2 is available with a refined 2.2 litre diesel engine offering two power outputs – the 190hp SD4 and the 150hp TD4. An eD4 two-wheel drive derivative gives increased customer choice and offers lower CO2 emissions at 158g/km and improved fuel consumption at 47.1mpg. 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 £22,250 on the road.
The all-new Range Rover Sport will make its global premiere in a ground breaking live drive through Manhattan, New York, on 26 March.
Freelander 2 is smart for town, tough for the country. And now it is sportier and more distinctive than ever, even more comfortable and offers even more convenience and driving enjoyment.
For the first time in Halewood’s 50 year history, Jaguar Land Rover’s 4,500-strong Halewood workforce will now work around the clock to meet strong global demand for the Range Rover Evoque.
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