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Aston Martin and Jaguar as well...big step in the right direction... finally may be able to get S1 parts which havent been available for ages!
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And lets be honest, LR hasn't "lead" for a long, long time...
That's possible. But I always heard rumors that BMW bought LR to develop the X5 and Ford used the company to redesign the F150. And what about terrain response and hill decent control? I would also consider Land Rover to be a trendsetter when it comes to design and styling. And who doesn't want an invisible hood or trailer?! http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/1350...railer-sort-of ------ Follow up post added January 29th, 2016 12:48 PM ------
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Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari already offer this.
Just checked out their websites and I stand corrected. That is awesome! American auto manufacturers need to get with the program.
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That's possible. But I always heard rumors that BMW bought LR to develop the X5 and Ford used the company to redesign the F150. And what about terrain response and hill decent control? I would also consider Land Rover to be a trendsetter when it comes to design and styling. And who doesn't want an invisible hood?!

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Just checked out their websites and I stand corrected. That is awesome! American auto manufacturers need to get with the program.

And Mercedes bought Chrysler for the minivan. Needed something to style the first ML from.

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Am I right, that they are only building 25 of them?

Talk about "Special Edition".

Makes me wonder, though... will they then go on to 25 Series II... IIa.... III...... 90/110..........?
The way I read it was that the factory acquired/owns those 25 trucks. They will offer the service to new current owners as well. Would be nice if they would continue to acquire old trucks (any of them) to sell these to us North American's.
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I always heard rumors that BMW bought LR to develop the X5.
BMW developed the X5 all on their own. It's not really an SUV. It's a tall AWD car. The design is nearly identical to the old E30 325iX and E34 525iX. If you looked at them from the underneath it would be hard to tell which is which. And Hill Descent Control (HDC) is a BMW technology.
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Man how about producing TPS sensors and Range Rover interior trim
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Man how about producing TPS sensors and Range Rover interior trim
This is coming as well.

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Will it be like Aston where you could ship your truck in for a restore?...
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With the prices restoration companies in the US, the UK and wherever else are getting, I am sure they are going to offer such a service. I imagine they have thought of offering restoration services through their US dealer network.

Think of all the people who have no desire to change their own oil and who don't think twice about bringing their vehicle to the dealer for service--the bloody knuckle brotherhood is a minority.
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That's possible. But I always heard rumors that BMW bought LR to develop the X5 and Ford used the company to redesign the F150. And what about terrain response and hill decent control? I would also consider Land Rover to be a trendsetter when it comes to design and styling.
The best ideas are not created, they are stolen....

BMW's main purpose for purchasing LR was for the technology they were developing. In order fro BMW to get where they did with the X5 they would have has 3+ additional years of R&D, trial and error..etc For what they paid, and then sold to Ford, it was a brilliant business move.
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Maybe I missed something....
How would it work for the U.S customer?
You could only send yours over for a restoration, or could you by one there, or both?
If you buy there, I bet you can't have it modified from the original, right?
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The whole plan will fall apart when they have to replace their first NAS soft top roll cage.
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.... I bet you can't have it modified from the original, right?
Their restorations will be back to factory original only with only factory options.
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The whole plan will fall apart when they have to replace their first NAS soft top roll cage.
They can do anything they want. It is only money.
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Maybe I missed something....
How would it work for the U.S customer?
You could only send yours over for a restoration, or could you by one there, or both?
If you buy there, I bet you can't have it modified from the original, right?
If you buy there - usual rules would apply.

If you already had one imported and sent it back for restoration, you would probably have to bring it back in it original configuration. Since it is the manufacturer that is restoring it they probably could put a new frame on it, a new engine in it, etc given that it is the same as the original.

Aren't there plenty of qualified shops here to do these restorations?
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The best ideas are not created, they are stolen....

BMW's main purpose for purchasing LR was for the technology they were developing. In order fro BMW to get where they did with the X5 they would have has 3+ additional years of R&D, trial and error..etc For what they paid, and then sold to Ford, it was a brilliant business move.
It's possible, but can you quote where you are receiving this information? I know BMW wanted into the SUV market which was why they bought LR, but I'm pretty sure the X5 is all BMW technology. Everything came from their existing and previous cars, not LRs. They sold LR because the X5 filled that market niche. It's not even designed to go off-road at all. According to the owner's manual it's not even to suppose to drive on gravel. It's the L322 RR that had a mix of BMW and LR technology. That's the only off-road BMW I know of besides a military vehicle they built during WWII that had 4 wheel steering.
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The best ideas are not created, they are stolen.... BMW's main purpose for purchasing LR was for the technology they were developing. In order fro BMW to get where they did with the X5 they would have has 3+ additional years of R&D, trial and error..etc For what they paid, and then sold to Ford, it was a brilliant business move.
My information came from a security guard at the factory in 2001, perhaps not the most reliable source but, I believed him. He also said the name Freelander has German roots and that the 150's transition to unibody construction resulted in the LR3. Sorry for derailing the thread.
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Maybe I missed something....
How would it work for the U.S customer?
You could only send yours over for a restoration, or could you by one there, or both?
If you buy there, I bet you can't have it modified from the original, right?
Chris,

The main problem I see US Customs looking for is VIN tampering. Only the original manufacturer is allowed to alter a VIN number under US law. But, in this case, Land Rover would be both the original manufacturer and the restorer. Land Rover holds all of the original build records and can verify the history for any vehicle that it built. Therefore, in my mind, Land Rover can do a chassis replacement on a 25-year old Land Rover and the vehicle should still qualify under the 25-year exemption.

All said, I think it's a brilliant move on Land Rover's part!
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My information came from a security guard at the factory in 2001, perhaps not the most reliable source but, I believed him. He also said the name Freelander has German roots and that the 150's transition to unibody construction resulted in the LR3. Sorry for derailing the thread.
Haha we hijacked it. He was probably right.
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The whole plan will fall apart when they have to replace their first NAS soft top roll cage.
Yeah, sending them NAS trucks for restoration is probably out of the question...
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The whole plan will fall apart when they have to replace their first NAS soft top roll cage.
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Yeah, sending them NAS trucks for restoration is probably out of the question...
Let's do the math:

Total number of NAS soft tops producted = 4,719
Total number ROW of Defenders = 1,995,281 (approx)

Baby those NAS soft top cages.
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