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Land Rover Defender Factoid 1: the LR Defender can trace its roots back to 1948.

Land Rover Defender Factoid 2: Since 2007, 25,000 LR Defenders have been sold worldwide each year.

Land Rover Defender Factoid 3: Richard loves ‘em.

And now here’s some fresh new factoids for the 2012 model: Land Rover has replaced the old 2.4-litre oil burner with a new, cleaner and equally powerful 2.2-litre to meet with EU5 emissions regulations. The new unit still pumps out 120bhp and 265 torques, but does so - in euro markets - with a new diesel particulate filter. An improved combustion system and engine management system helps lower regulated emissions NOx, CO and HC.

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Land Rover is also introducing two new option packs, the Comfort Pack and Off-Road Pack. Comfort gives you air-con, a CD player with auxiliary input, electric windows and central locking, all for £1,650. Off-Road provides ABS, heavy duty rim and MTR tyre, tow ball and under-ride protection bar for the bargain sum of £1,500.

Prices for the 2012 Defender start at £20,995, and will be on sale in the UK from November 2011.

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