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Land Rover Defender buyers given ‘just keep the delivery truck’ option

Significant reliability gains expected for Defender owners who tick ‘permanent tow truck’ box on the options list

Published: 29 Jul 2022

Here's TopGear.com's roving correspondent, Cory Spondent, with his mostly incorrect exclusives from the world of motoring

Land Rover has responded to concerns about the Defender’s questionable reliability by introducing a ‘just keep the delivery truck’ option on the configurator.

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Available as a no-cost extra, Land Rover hopes that permanently affixing it to a vehicle that works for more than five minutes at a time will address mounting negative feedback from customers.

“Our innovative delivery truck retention scheme will empower our clients,” said a spokesperson for the company. “By giving drivers the ability to keep the load beds on which our cars are transported, they can enjoy the envious looks sparked by the Defender’s outstanding design without ever having to actually rely on it.

“With a Defender on top gross weight comes in at five tonnes, so the fuel economy will be vastly better too.”

When asked if never leaving the trailer would affect the Defender’s go-everywhere image, the spokesperson said the firm would first focus on its “go-anywhere” image, including “the Londis at the end of the road.”

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“Look, it was either this or have Defenders permanently followed around by roadside assistance vans. But when we put the idea to the AA, the RAC and Green Flag, they all laughed in our faces.

“One of them roared so hard he popped a hernia.”

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