***Sydney, Australia, December 2010***
The landmark one millionth vehicle, a Range Rover Autobiography in ultimate black, has been built at the Solihull manufacturing plant, where three generations of the Range Rover luxury 4x4 vehicles have been built since June 1970.
Land Rover employees joined Alan Volkaerts, Solihull Manufacturing Director and Land Rover's Managing Director Phil Popham to celebrate the milestone event in Range Rover's fortieth year. The one millionth Range Rover was driven by Phil Popham to London to deliver the car to Help for Heroes. He was followed from Solihull to London by a convoy of heritage Range Rovers, driven by their enthusiastic owners.
The handover took place on the Top Gear Live set at Earls Court in London where Jeremy Clarkson - who is a Help for Heroes patron - took delivery of the one millionth Range Rover on behalf of the charity.
"Land Rover is very proud to support the Help for Heroes charity by donating the one millionth Range Rover. The vehicle will be auctioned later this year and should raise valuable funds for the practical and direct provision of aid for wounded service people and their families," said Phil Popham, MD Jaguar Land Rover.
"Everyone involved in Land Rover - from the management, to the employees at Solihull, to the original Range Rover team - will be happy we’re able to mark this landmark occasion in such a way after the forty years of producing this iconic vehicle."
The Range Rover being donated is the highest-specification luxury SUV model currently available, the Range Rover Vogue, valued in excess of £85,000. Estimates suggest it will raise over £100,000 for charity when auctioned later this year.
"We’re delighted that Land Rover has chosen to give Help for Heroes their millionth Range Rover," said Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-founder of Help for Heroes. "This is a real milestone in their history and so a very special donation, made even more special by knowing the money raised from the car will be able to provide much needed funds to help our wounded heroes on their road to recovery.
One of the most significant vehicles in the history of motoring, the Range Rover was the world's first vehicle as good on-road as off-road. It remains Land Rover’s flagship model, peerlessly blending comfort, luxury, design, technology and versatility in one highly-accomplished package.
There have been three generations of Range Rover. The original, now known as the Classic, went on sale in 1970 and continued in production, with numerous upgrades and a multiplicity of variants, for just over 25 years.
The second-generation vehicle, known as the P38a, went on sale in 1994 and was replaced in 2001 by the current model. Further enhancements over the last decade have ensured the Range Rover retains its position as on the world's most complete luxury vehicles.
During 2005, the Range Rover Sport was introduced, adding a performance 4x4, sport tourer, SUV to the Range Rover line-up, which instantly became a sales success, selling over 300,000 vehicles over the past six years. Next year a third model with join the Range Rover line-up, the all-new Range Rover Evoque which is sure to compete strongly in the compact SUV segment.
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In 1948, the original Land Rover was designed with brilliant simplicity, extraordinary ability, unrivalled strength and durability. Six decades later, two thirds of these vehicles are still at work. A radical new product in line with Land Rovers forward thinking philosophy, the Range Rover, was introduced in 1970. It beautifully combined the capability of the Land Rover with the comfort and performance of an on-road car. Land Rover and Range Rover epitomise a culture of innovation that continues today with new models, more refinement, more innovative technology, more efficiency and commitment to environmental sustainability.
Range Rover Australia manufactures authentic that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the entire model range. Defender, Freelander, Discovery 4, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the world's sectors, with 78% of this model range exported to over 140 countries. Range Rover's new Evoque compact SUV delivers premium levels of 4WD luxury and performance. Land Rover employs 9,500 people worldwide and supports a further 40,000 jobs in the supply chain.
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