Land Rover celebrates 25 years in the U.S. at the New York Auto Show
On Tuesday, at an exclusive dinner event for Land Rover North America celebrities, customers, and press, coinciding with the opening of the New York Auto Show to the press, the 1987 Range Rover Classic that began Land Rover's entrance into North America was shown. Alongside was the award-winning 2012 Range Rover Evoque and the new DC100 Concept with expedition equipment, showcasing the future design direction for the Land Rover Defender.
After an urban off-road adventure earlier in the day, the dinner capped off the 25th anniversary celebration. The company was founded in 1948 and entered the U.S. in 1987 with the Classic (then called simply the Range Rover).
It was the most expensive vehicle of its type, but soon caught on as the elite of the off-road expedition vehicles. Since then, more than 575,000 Land Rover vehicles have been sold in North America, making the U.S. the largest market for the SUVs. New York City is the company's largest metro market, making the celebration there all the more fitting.