The last Land Rover Defender has finally rolled off the production line in Solihull, Birmingham.
It was a day of mixed emotions as workers made the last of the classic British vehicle.
More than two million units of the famous vehicle have been produced since the Land Rover Series began production in 1948.
Jaguar Land Rover discontinued the iconic British vehicle which was first made after the WWII, at a time when steel was scarce and thus aluminum was used to construct its body.
Owing to its nature the off-road vehicle is widely used in Africa, in Kenya, the vehicles-which are still highly priced-have been used mostly by government departments especially the police for decades.
According to Jaguar Land Rover, the Defender would not meet certain conditions under the planned measures for car emissions which are to be wholly adopted by 2020. This meant the company would have to do away with the model. The defender which is built by hand takes at least 52 hours to be completed which also means extra cost to the company.
Indian firm Tata took over Jaguar Land Rover in 2008 at a time when the company was in financial turmoil and has effected changes to some of the models from the company case in point; the Range Rover.
Some of the workers who had worked on the Defender models chose to retire on January 29, 2016. The day the longest-running production car in the world was finally discontinued.
Jaguar Land Rover plans to introduce a replacement model for the Defender but it will not be anything close to the iconic vehicle which has been a darling for many for 68 years.
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