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This time the EU has gone too far

BBC News - Land Rover confirms new version of its Defender model

The current Defender was first introduced in 1948 and has gone on to enjoy sales of more than two million around the world.
Its basic design has changed little over the past six decades.


JLR is retiring the current Defender because its carbon dioxide emissions are too high to meet stricter European Union rules on CO2.

Aaargh my eyes! A flabby jelly mould ready to be blinged up to replace the Landy! And it is the EU's fault?

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I dread to think what they will do the classic Land Rover. The Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander have got progressively uglier with every new version as is the new Evoke (or whatever it is called).

The Land Rover has managed to keep its classic look with just minor changes.

Well, it is their raison d'etre to destroy everything that is good about England. I suppose one can take some comfort in the knowledge that their antics betray a deep seated jealousy of this country and it's achievements, and that we irritate the crap out of them every second of every day. The blueprints for everything are still in existence and we can rebuild - we WILL rebuild. Have faith and don't get mad, get even.

Well, it is their raison d'etre to destroy everything that is good about England. I suppose one can take some comfort in the knowledge that their antics betray a deep seated jealousy of this country and it's achievements, and that we irritate the crap out of them every second of every day. The blueprints for everything are still in existence and we can rebuild - we WILL rebuild. Have faith and don't get mad, get even.

Relax, anyone who needs a real 4x4 will be buying a Land Cruiser anyway.

The others are just posers.

The EU involvement re eco crap is so irrelevent to the dear old Landy.

My point is that something like 70% of them are still running. It's a vehicle that lasts and lasts.

How much energy and other resources are used in the development and making of new designs of vehicles? And in the scrapping of such shit boxes over the years?

"And it is the EU's fault?"

That's probably more of an excuse than a genuine problem. There is also the issue of crash safety, particularly for the American market. If it was just about the emissions of the Defender they could put in some fancy stop start motors, make it marginally more aerodynamic, make the 4wd selectable, etc.

In 2009 Autocar wrote this article about the project and wrote:

"The new Project Icon workhorse is based on the tough, capable but relatively heavy T5 steel platform chassis used for the existing Discovery and Range Rover Sport models, both of which are due to be replaced beyond 2012 by aluminium-based models which are between 400kg and 500kg lighter."

"The T5 chassis supports a modern all-independent suspension available both with steel and air springs. It is well-known for its sturdiness, but will need its own weight-reduction campaign."

If they are still working along those lines then they are trying to lighten the chassis so it can be used on as many models as possible.

I wonder if Tata will use this as an opportunity to shift the current Defender manufacturing to somewhere cheaper and keep making it. To give the Mahindra Bolero a run for it's money perhaps...

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