Some design jobs are simply impossible, and directly replacing the 67-year-old Land Rover Defender with a modern vehicle is one such example.
The basic Land Rover is a legend, the strongest remnant of a company no longer extant, having been caught up in the integration and annihilation of the entire British motor industry. In 1885 Rover essentially invented the modern bicycle with equal-size wheels front and rear, the Rover Safety Bicycle. The company moved to motorcycles in the late 1900s and to cars in 1904.
Known for quality, Rover was the first firm to make a gas turbine car, and with the 1970 Range Rover the company invented today’s luxury SUV. Rover was eventually sold piecemeal to BMW and Ford, then passed on to Asian owners—cars to China’s SIAC, utility vehicles to India’s Tata—and Rover itself is no more. Land Rover remains based in the U.K. and retains its experienced