It is more than evident that Land Rover is not in a difficult financial position, and that the company has no need for “quick cash,” which could have motivated a potential sale like this.
According to the Brits at Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover has applied to renew its rights to the Defender nameplate in the Philippines on August 4, 2016, just a few months after it has done the same on a European level.
Even though both applications are pending, it is evident that Land Rover has firm plans with the Defender, which is scheduled to receive a new generation in 2019.
Representatives of the Land Rover brand have stated in a discussion with Autocar that the renewal of the trademark of the Defender nameplate was a normal process, and has nothing to do with a billionaire’s reported intentions of buying the production line from them and making the Defender somewhere else.
The last Defender as we knew it rolled off the production line this January. The British brand will have a hiatus in manufacturing, which was announced before the current generation was waiting for the ax.
Instead of dwindling sales for a model that has not changed dramatically since its market launch, Land Rover has encountered an impressive demand for the Defender.
The next generation of the legendary nameplate is expected to form a family of models that share a platform. Land Rover will probably do its best to retain as much of the Defender’s iconic off-roading skills.
However, modern touches are expected in the form of Euro 6 engines, a suite of airbags, improvements for pedestrian safety, and technological enhancements in all areas.