One of the coolest Defender videos I've seen! That line of bulkheads, the spot welder hanging from the top, the jigs for the frame, the guy doing final tweaks on the body before paint. The only part I wasn't too keen on was that new dash. But if it had airbags and I could have a new one in the US I'd live with it :D
I hope the tooling goes to a good home when LR is done with it. Actually, what I would really love to see is a group buy the tooling and keep producing them. If a Jeep can be made for the US market I am sure a Defender could be changed enough to be US compliant as well. And if G Wagen's can sell for over $100k why can't a new Defender sell for that? But the new Defender would have a story: hand built (although I believe the G's are hand built too). You have an advert right there in that video.
Originally Posted by CMSgt Bo
This is amazing. I've toured the Volvo factory in Gothenburg Sweden, the Mini Cooper factory in Oxford UK, did a two week internship at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart Germany, and spent six weeks at the Lockheed aircraft factory in Merietta Georgia. IMHO Land Rovers approach to building the Defender is closer to hand building aircraft than mass producing cars.
Interesting connection with Defenders being like aircraft production. I guess with the aluminum skins too. You know many would pay dearly for a 2 week internship at Porsche! I am not sure how you wen to sleep at night.