The final Solihull-built Free-lander rolled off the track at Land Rover's Solihull headquarters yesterday, closing a major chapter in a Midland success story.
The Freelander (below) bids farewell to the region after roaring ahead to become the UK's best-selling 4x4 since being introduced in 1997. The model is being transferred to Ford's plant at Halewood, Merseyside. Full production begins at the end of the year following a new launch at next week's British International Motor Show, in London.
Land Rover corporate communications manager Mark Foster said: "The total number of Freelanders built is 537,596. The 500,000th rolled off in August 2005."