In its 50th year of business, Land Rover Halewood Operations in Merseyside celebrates an important milestone as the 300,000th LR Freelander 2 rolls of the assembly line. The milestone car is a 2.2 litre Diesel in Barolo Black and is destined for a customer in Brazil, a growing market for LR cars which plays a major role in their ongoing success.
Production of Freelander 2 began at Halewood Operations plant in 2006. The smallest member of the Land Rover family – before the Evoque of course – is now available in the UK with new powertrain options, including the 2.2 litre diesel engine offering two power outputs – the 190hp SD4 and the 150hp TD4 – as well as an eD4 two-wheel drive derivative with lower CO2 emissions at 158g/km and improved fuel consumption at 47.1mpg.
Despite being the underdog in Land Rover’s range, the Freelander gets a full host of off-road technologies such as Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control, plus a premium cabin. All this for a starting price of £22,250.
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.