October 25, 2014

New Land Rover Defender will be “…the bollocks, the absolute dog’s bollocks”!

Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern has made it clear that the new Land Rover Defender – due in 2015 – will be a car that will be a perfect replacement for the iconic Defender.

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It’s not often you get a proper statement of intent on a planned new car, but Land Rover’s design director Gerry McGovern has made it absolutely clear what he thinks of the new Land Rover Defender he’s busy creating.

Speaking to a small group of Australian journalists, Gerry communicated his feelings about the new Defender in the best way possible, simply by not mincing his words: “This car will be the bollocks, I assure you. The absolute dog’s bollocks.” Terrific!

Gerry had been busy telling the small group of assembled hacks that the new Defender had moved on a long way from the DC100 Concept Land Rover revealed as a possible way forward, a Defender  “…that is even more relevant and even more desirable, and even the traditionalists will love me for it”.

And there won’t just be a single Defender model, with everything from an ‘affordable’ version to a Lifestyle model (the idea behind the DC100 Sport Concept) to an incredibly expensive version and the new Defender won’t just do the job it needs to do, but will look good as well.

Interestingly, it also looks as if Land Rover are now moving in the direction of aluminium for the new Defender, rather than using the current Discovery underpinnings as the starting point, because aluminium is something JLR are now very good at and it gives big savings in weight, size and versatility.

That’s the thinking behind the range of different Defenders for work and play, to make the new Defender a far more viable product with production numbers far in excess of the minnow numbers the Defender currently sells.

Gerry McGovern has managed to convey all that Land Rover plans and expects from the new Defender in just a few choice words.

Well done that man.

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Source: Car Advice

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  1. Good man. Now build it in Britain.

  2. Brian Catt says:

    This statement dated 1/4/2013…..

  3. Perfect! A man who tells it how he sees it.

  4. The man made his point!

  5. I applaud Gerry McGovern’s willingness to make his views on the new Defender clear and his obvious passion for the Defender is refreshing. As long as he’s right, the statement is a credit to him (and makes a change from the usual corporate speak) even though I’m sure there will be pious posters who decry his frankness.

  6. SimonSez says:

    Now there’s a man who speaks my language!

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