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Old May 14th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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hi all,

i just got the may 14th autoweek. there is a great article on land rover defenders coming back to the states. 2013!!!!
you guys should all read it and there are a couple of good points of why the trucks is not here anymore. as well what they have to do in order to get it back to the states.

best to all,

keith from copley motorcars
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:06 PM
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Is this online? or can you scan it and post it?

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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:12 PM
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Hmmmm ...

"When will we get a Defender? Maybe in 2013
Sales in the United States will be critical for the Defender replacement, which is scheduled for 2013 in Land Roverís future product plan. To justify the investment, Land Rover reckons it must double yearly sales of 25,000 to more than 50,000. It can count on new markets such as Russia, China and India for some of that increase, but the United States will be the key.

Front and side airbags will be a prerequisite, and so will an all-new chassis, because todayís simple setup wonít allow airbag integration.

Land Rover canít look to its own technology, either. It admits that the platform under the LR3 and the Range Rover Sport is too expensive for a vehicle that needs to list from about $40,000 in the United Kingdom (that figure includes a heavy dose of taxes).

One possibility is for the next Defender to share development with Ford Europeís Transit truck, which offers flexibility of construction, a huge variety of body styles and toughness closer to the Defender than Land Roverís other upmarket models."


Geez, they even capitalized the Maybe for ya'
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:16 PM
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That's Maybe 6 years out. Do you think that Chrysler knew they would be sold by Daimler 6 years ago? I bet not. Difficult to tell.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:22 PM
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Agreed. I think I'll start holding my breath right ... about ... now!

And as I've said in other conversations ... who cares?

A) This week's story is that it will be based on a Transit Van;

B) I've already got one;

C) If there are more available won't existing models drop in value;

D) Bits are certainly available to, ahem, restore one that's already here.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:41 PM
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Is this online? or can you scan it and post it?

Thanks.
Paul
http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dl.../70507014/1065

In the meantime, the 2007 Defender is, despite the familiar look, the first major technical overhaul in 15 years, with a new engine and gearbox, revised suspension, new forward-facing seats in place of side-facing benches, a new dashboard and, in a major technological advance (drumroll, please), air conditioning for the first time in a Defender.


AC for the first time, huh...wheels and tires too, maybe a steering wheel?
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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:39 AM
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Perhaps we should talk about this in about 5 years........

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