Gaydon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, May 22, 2010 – Land Rover today celebrates another milestone achievement: the 200,000th LR2 ("Freelander 2" in markets outside the U.S.) has rolled off the line at its award-winning plant in Halewood, Liverpool, just three years after production began.
The vehicle, finished in Biscay Blue, is destined for a customer in the UK. Halewood Operations Director Michael Straughan said, "This achievement is thanks to the Halewood workforce, who has continuously driven improvements since the launch of LR2 to maximize 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. Land Rover's U.S. latest sales figures from April were up 35 percent, the brand's 7th consecutive month of sales growth driven by the launch of the new 2010 models.
About Land Rover
Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true "breadth of capability" across the model range. Defender, LR2 (Freelander 2), LR4 (Discovery 4), Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the world's 4x4 sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries. Land Rover employs 8,500 people and supports a further 40,000 jobs supported in the supply chain.
Land Rover takes its responsibility to the environment seriously. Emissions have been cut with all new models and, together with Jaguar, Land Rover is investing £800m on technology specifically aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Since September 2006, carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover manufacturing activities and UK customer vehicle use has been balanced through an industry leading offset program run by Climate Care.