Actually this is a pretty good article, but I think the comments that the europeans make are even more interesting!
I am not sure if anyone read the posts that followed the article? Obviously it was from a bunch of brits and their main complaints were that LR's were just basically that too expensive and not a viable machines. It is interesting when you read the articles from the States and from England?
It seems that the being are more concerned that the vehicle will be lighter, and more reliable. A qute from one guy says For example: "Land Rover just seems unable to produce anything but overweight, overpriced, 'premium' products. If it was my business, and I wanted to double the sales volume for the Defender, I'd lower the price, and make it more reliable. Only then will it compete with other vehicles bought primarily as workhorses..."
However when it comes to us in the States we are more concerned to see if the Defenders will even arrive here, and will they remain what they have been in the past with some level of integrity? As "Collectors" we are more concerned with getting our hands on them rather then the weight or the consensus as to whether it is a "Premium" vehicle? Sure, there is an element of the elitism that makes us smile, but when the dust settles we really don't care, IMHO the vast majority of us just want or hands on one or at least the chance to get our hands on one of these elusive vehicles.
So what really is going to dictate how and what Land Rover is going to do? Well likely a bit of both, but more likely the advantage will go to what the europeans say about what they want on the rides?
I want one like everyone here, and I believe that LR can make us happy, ie..the collectors and still keep the price reasonable, but once again IMHO, they still need to make a Kick Ass vehicle because otherwise what fun would it be? And to be honest, I really do not see myself going out and buying a Jeep just because the price is right? If that was the case, I would have had one years ago! I like the Land Rover and I will keep buying the Land Rovers, until they all endup looking like something I really do not want anymore.