Land Rover employees at the Company's Halewood manufacturing plant in Merseyside are celebrating an important milestone achievement namely, the production of the 250,000th Freelander 2. Production of the Freelander 2 began in 2007 an now, the plant's 250,000th Freelander 2 will be driven off of the line. It is a 2.2 litre TD4 Diesel GS finished in Fuji White and is destined for a customer who lives in Scotland.
Halewood operations director Richard Else, commented, 'This milestone achievement and the increasing sales for Freelander 2 highlights just how important this vehicle is, not just to Halewood but also for the regional and UK economy as around 70% of Freelanders produced at Halewood are exported. I'd like to thank our flexible and highly skilled workforce and congratulate the Halewood team on this superb achievement.'
Land Rover is also celebrating a growing demand for Halewood's award winning model as retail sales of the Freelander 2 are up 22%, year to date (Apr 2010 – Feb 2011) compared with the same 11 month period in 2009/2010. The 2011 Freelander 2 is available with either 2WD or 4WD and a refined 2.2 litre diesel engine offering two power outputs – the 190hp SD4 and the 150hp TD4. With class-leading on and off-road performance, featuring Terrain ResponseTM, a premium cabin and improved fuel economy the Freelander 2 is now on-sale from £21,995 on the road.