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Old March 3rd, 2004, 07:46 PM
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do this qualify as a hijacked thread??
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Old March 3rd, 2004, 07:55 PM
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Nope. We're in the Misc. Section....

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Old March 3rd, 2004, 08:14 PM
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Any more info on "news" from LRNA.

I want a new Defender. Now. Not some lifestyle branding exercise created by people who would never even think to buy such a truck. I mean, what kind of Land Rover can you expect from some employee-plan, new-every-2-years-Taurus driver?

How many of the d*** things do they have to sell to make air bags worth it? They've had over 7 years to screw around on this one. I read somewhere that the UK was going to require them in 2006 or 7. The cost would be spread out by selling them in the US. Who knows?
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Old March 10th, 2004, 06:46 PM
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There is some interesting stuff being talked about Defender coming to the US on the new Land Rover Chronicle "Pub" Forum.

(Speaking of more forums)
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Old March 11th, 2004, 04:53 AM
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Fascinating David B. I don't know much about the processing of fuel so that wouldn't have occured to me.

Maybe Soily Hill should build a DEFENDER EV. Make the ladder frame out of aluminium and the suspension and driveline carbon fiber.
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Old March 11th, 2004, 12:00 PM
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How about a Defender that runs on its own leaking oil, caught with underbody traps.
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Fascinating David B. I don't know much about the processing of fuel so that wouldn't have occured to me.
Thanks, it is kinda interesting. Speaking of LR, did you guys see the article in the new 4wheeler mag that said the Disco and Rangie would be switching from a BMW engine to a Jag engine in 2006. Can't see that affecting reliability at all

But, on the same page it said that Chrysler was officially neutering the Rubicon so if they keep making the Defender, we will once again be the most capable production vehicle offered to the public. Nice to be on top again
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Old March 18th, 2004, 01:51 AM
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Motor Trend news on Defender

Check this out....

http://www.motortrend.com/future/spied/112_2006fvf/index1.html
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Old March 18th, 2004, 10:59 AM
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Out of curiosity, I googled L317 and came up with a LR forum in France. The translated page mentioned a 2008 time frame.

Given the ever-changing strategy and financial constraints, I can't imagine any fully redesigned Defender available so soon as 2006. Such a product cycle was quoted two or three years ago, but then abandoned due to PAG cost concerns.

I wish they would leave it alone for the most part, but emphasize improving quality and durability (not new nifty active components). Given every other traditional 4x4 has turned soft, LR would own the market.
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this week I've seen press photos of the new Ford Bronco........the proportions look just about right for a new Defender built on the same underpinnings.

Hope I'm wrong
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Old March 25th, 2004, 01:36 PM
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I'm telling you, I have a highly ranked LRNA inside, and they explicitly stated they have NO plans to bring a new D90 to the US--unequivocably. Not worth the trouble of designing to US standards. I heard this in the last month.
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Old March 27th, 2004, 12:18 PM
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When I was in Australia a couple years ago, I heard comments (layperson in Sydney) that their standards were going up (airbags required), it sounded like they were going to match US cars standards.
If true, another market lost for the Defender, unless they start doing something.
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I have a friend that knows someone who has a friend that works in the mail room at LRNA. They say they thought they heard that they heard the entire Defender line will be introduced in 2006. Even a 100 inch varient. I am selling my 130 so I can have enough for a down payment when they do come out. Cant wait!
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Old March 27th, 2004, 02:59 PM
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Old April 1st, 2004, 04:46 PM
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new defender in US?

I know this has been brought up before. I saw this on a web site that seems to think the original slightly updated D90 may return to the US. How much are new d90's going for abroad anyway.
from landroverchronical.com

OF NOTE: If a replacement Defender is pushed back past 2006 Land Rover may be forced to modify the current model for new UK safety regulations which take effect around the same time. Of course if this happens there is a very good chance Defender will be available in North America - Finally.
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Old April 1st, 2004, 05:10 PM
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Here we go again....
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Old April 1st, 2004, 06:20 PM
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I hesitated to post it, I was just wondering if this has been posted before. How many times have we heard the d-90 is on the way. I just never heard that they will have to upgrade the safety for the UK market making the US market possible.
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I think this horse has been beaten twice this year alone. There are equal number of reasons stated for LR not redesigning the D-90 as well.

As far as I am concerned, it's only good news for us, as the market will determine a higher price for resale....

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Old April 3rd, 2004, 12:20 AM
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Stateside in 2006

Ask any dealer in the country and they will enthusiastically confirm the rumours that we have been hearing. I sat next to a VP of Product Marketing from LRNA on a high speed quad at Beaver Creek in February and he confirmed that the Defender will be sold on our side of the pond again in 2006. He was in Colorado for a few days conducting high altitude testing enroute to the desert.

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