Production of the Freelander 2 at Halewood Operations commenced in October 2006 and, earlier this week, the plant's 300,000th Freelander 2 was driven off the line. The vehicle is a 2.2 litre Diesel in Barolo Black and is destined for a customer in Brazil, one of the brand's fastest growing markets where Land Rover is the leading SUV brand in that country with around a 40% market share.
Halewood Operations Director Richard Else, said, 'I'd like to congratulate the Halewood team for reaching this superb milestone and also sustaining the highest quality standards on Freelander 2, during the Range Rover Evoque launch period. Freelander was Land Rover's biggest selling model last year retailing around 52,000 units globally.'
Halewood Operations is currently celebrating its 50 years of motor vehicle production and assembly. The plant was constructed in 1962 near where the first employees were already at work in a hanger near to the old Liverpool airport The first car rolled off the production line in March 1963.
In the UK, the 2012 Freelander 2 is available with a 2.2 litre diesel engine with two options; the 190hp SD4 and the 150hp TD4. An eD4 two-wheel drive derivative gives increased customer choice and offers lower CO2 emissions at 158g/km and improved fuel consumption at 47.1mpg. With class-leading on and off-road performance, featuring Terrain Response, Hill Descent Control, a premium cabin, improved fuel economy and an affordable cost of ownership. Freelander 2 is on-sale from £22,250 on the road.
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