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To Russia with love: Land Rover celebrates production of 100,000th Freelander 2 - (Australia)

April 29th, 2008

Employees at Land Rover Halewood Plant, in Liverpool, are celebrating after producing the 100,000th Land Rover Freelander 2.

The milestone vehicle has been built just 17 months after production started at Halewood.

Freelander 2 was launched in late 2006, and went on sale in Australia in July last year. 2007 saw the all-new model prove hugely popular across the globe, particularly in key emerging markets such as Russia, China and the Middle East. Locally, the Freelander 2 has been a great success, offering class leading off road ability combined with luxury and refinement.

The 100,000th car, a Rimini Red 2.2L Diesel Auto, is now en route to a customer in the city of Surgut, located on Russia's Central Siberian Plateau.

Roger Jory, General Manager Land Rover Australia said: "The 100,000th Freelander 2 is an important milestone for the Halewood plant. Freelander 2 helped Land Rover achieve its best ever sales year in 2007, and has won several major awards in its first twelve months in the market place. Freelander is continuing to perform well in traditional Land Rover markets such as the UK but sales in emerging areas like Russia and China are also growing rapidly, so it's entirely fitting that this car is destined for a customer in Siberia. I'd like to congratulate the Halewood workforce on this fantastic team achievement."

Freelander 2 09MY

For the 2009 Model Year Freelander 2 will receive a range of new colours and trims designed to extend the vehicles appeal in an increasingly competitive segment.

The introduction of four new paint colours, two new interior finishes and a new 'Almond' leather trim enhance the look of the 09MY Freelander 2. The side indicators receive clear lenses and the 18" HSE wheels will now become available as an option on SE models.

The HSE models will also receive front interior map lights. The 09MY Freelander 2 will arrive in Australia in the third quarter 2008.

Freelander 2 Recommended Retail Pricing:

Si6 SE $49,990
TD4 SE $52,740
Si6 HSE $55,990
TD4 HSE $58,740

Editor Notes:

  • Freelander 2 has won over 10 international industry awards since launch including the What Car? Compact 4X4 of the Year Award, Top Gear 'SUV of the Year' and 'Best Small 4x4' at the Business Car awards.
  • Freelander 2 has been awarded a top five star rating, for occupant protection, in the Australian European New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). Previously, the Freelander 2 had been awarded five stars for adult protection, and four stars for child protection, in Euro NCAP tests.
  • Designed and engineered by Land Rover at Gaydon, near Warwick, Freelander 2 is built at the Halewood plant in Liverpool, where outstanding build quality has been acknowledged with a JD Power European Plant Quality Gold Award in 2005.

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