LONDON -- Land Rover's updated Defender off-road vehicle has powered ahead to become Jaguar Land Rover’s second best-seller globally.
In the company's latest financial quarter ending June 30, the Defender finished just behind the Range Rover Evoque (see chart below).
The second-generation Defender was launched at the beginning of last year, four years after the original SUV was axed after a production run of 67 years.
The original, post-Second World War Defender became an icon because of its rugged, boxy design and off-road capabilities. But it was always a niche model for Land Rover.