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BogMonster



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Zed wrote:
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This disappoints me a bit. The Grenadier doesn’t need to be a Defender clone to succeed.


Agreed.

It would be awful if they made an ersatz Defender.


Thinking Santana as an example of how not to ........ the same, but just not the same. ---
2006 Defender 110 SW 300Tdi • 2011 Ford Ranger XLT crewcab • 2015 Mitsubishi Shogun SG2 • 2015 Defender 110 Station Wagon Utility TDCi

Post #802674 18th Nov 2019 10:25am
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romain71



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Assuming that the project is successful, who will sell the vehicle (dealer, independent, ...) ? who will ensure the garanty ... ?

Several questions that I hope will one day be answered Very Happy

Post #802810 19th Nov 2019 3:32pm
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Bluest



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Can’t recall where I read it, but I’m certain it’s been suggested they’ll use Farming equipment and machinery dealers. 2007 110 TDCi Station Wagon XS

Post #802867 19th Nov 2019 8:33pm
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Fatboy Slim



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Tempted to ask them if I can become a dealer Topside switch failed pre-injection

Post #802871 19th Nov 2019 8:51pm
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Land Rover maintain that it is not profitable to make a basic tough no nonsense vehicle like the Defender. They have an existing experienced work force and a manufacturing facility in place.
Ineos think that it is possible to make a tough no nonsense vehicle like the Defender and for it to be financially viable. They have to recruit and train a work force and construct a manufacturing facility from scratch.
One of them is wrong..... 1982 88" 2.25 diesel
1992 110 200tdi csw -Zikali
2008 110 2.4 tdci csw-Zulu
2011 110 2.4 tdci csw-Masai

Post #803125 21st Nov 2019 10:26pm
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blackwolf



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spudfan wrote:
Land Rover maintain that it is not profitable to make a basic tough no nonsense vehicle like the Defender. ...


Presumably Land Rover maintains that it is not sufficiently profitable for it to make a basic tough no nonsense vehicle like the Defender.

That doesn't mean that for a niche manufacturer on a smaller scale the same economics apply. However it is equally possible that either or both is wrong.

Morgan seems to get by manufacturing low volume niche vehicles aimed at the eccentric weirdo market, so clearly it can be done.

Post #803133 21st Nov 2019 11:24pm
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lohr500



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As the old addage goes, "Where there is a will, there is a way"

Post #803141 22nd Nov 2019 8:21am
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Setok



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milesr3 wrote:
Would be interested to understand what the Defender and heritage shape trademarks are. And why Land Rover chose to omit them from the new Defender if they were so precious.

I guess it's the square back end, flat front, tapered roofline, bulkhead below windscreen with vents, round headlights, barreled sides, door tops, cappings, exposed rear crossmember, L594 lenses...


I was just thinking the same... if that shape was so important to their brand, how come they dropped it...?

I hope the Grenadier will also look forwards as well as back. The Defender became what it was through constant evolution. For instance the world is moving away from combustion engines so it would be great to see that is something they are considering and how the utility offering of the Defender could be built around a different platform.

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Supacat



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blackwolf wrote:
spudfan wrote:
Land Rover maintain that it is not profitable to make a basic tough no nonsense vehicle like the Defender. ...


Presumably Land Rover maintains that it is not sufficiently profitable for it to make a basic tough no nonsense vehicle like the Defender.

That doesn't mean that for a niche manufacturer on a smaller scale the same economics apply. However it is equally possible that either or both is wrong.

Morgan seems to get by manufacturing low volume niche vehicles aimed at the eccentric weirdo market, so clearly it can be done.


It would not be the first time JLR have spun the facts to suit their own particular narrative. If it was all about business and the money then why did they scrap the old Defender production kit, designs rights, etc and not sell to Grenadier?

I get the feeling that JLR feel they are above the "lower" or gritty end of the market and rather prefer to be seen at Burghley horse trials than a farming or industrial event. Speaks more about the knobs running the business and the accolites they have surrounded themselves with than the enthusiasm for the product that created it all.

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Fatboy Slim



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I totally agree Topside switch failed pre-injection

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Morepower



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Nailed it Supacat... It doesn't matter how bad it is, It can always get worse...

2013 Bowler 110
2016 Bowler 90 Rally Spec

Post #804275 1st Dec 2019 10:32am
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Bluest



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A small update on progress below.

https://4x4i.com/ineos-grenadier-engineering-partner-announced/ 2007 110 TDCi Station Wagon XS

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Ratcliffe was on Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe's podcast this week. He said his worst ever purchase was a £130,000 Range Rover. After continuous faults he sold it for just £90,000 after a few weeks. WARNING.
This post may contain sarcasm.

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Supacat



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An update suggesting that we will start to see things from this month:

https://www.facebook.com/1232644253547734/...n&vh=e

"Building the Grenadier
We're building the Grenadier from the ground up
To a blueprint for a truly uncompromising 4x4
Follow the journey
Component by component
Episode by episode
Starts January 2020"

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familymad



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Excited to see what this turns out like. 1951 80" S1
1958 88" S2

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