1,000,000th Land Rover Discovery at Solihull manufacturing plant in the UK West Midlands

The 1,000,000th Land Rover Discovery has been built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull  Manufacturing Plant near Birmingham in theUK. To celebrate this milestone , Land Rover sent the 1,000,000th vehicle on a ‘Journey of Discovery’ from its birthplace in Birmingham to Beijing in China, yesterday the February 29th, 2012.

Land Rover Discovery prepped for the 2012 'Journey Of Discovery'  : FrontLand Rover Discovery prepped for the 2012 'Journey Of Discovery'  : RearLand Rover Discovery prepped for the 2012 'Journey Of Discovery'  : SideLand Rover Discovery prepped for the 2012 'Journey Of Discovery'  : Detail
Land Rover says this will be another opportunity to  demonstrate the Discovery’s class defining versatility and all-round capability.

The 50-day, 8,000 mile adventure will be undertaken by three Land Rover Discovery 4′s and a team of 12 men travelling through more than a dozen countries across Europe and Central Asia, culminating at the Beijing motor show on 23 April.

 Journey of Discovery expedition will pass through 13 countries between the UK and China and bisect some of the most wild and remote regions on the planet.Solihull Employees involved in the production of the Land Rover Discovery join the celebrations : Discovery 4 and Series 1 Land Rover seen here

The expedition also presents Land Rover with the opportunity to raise £1million (GBP) for the company’s Global Humanitarian Partner, the International Federation of Red Cross and  Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The money will be used to support a much needed water sanitation project in Uganda says Land Rover.

Journey of Discovery Launch: L to R - Alan Volkaerts, Operations Director,Solihull with Phil Popham Group Sales Operations Director and Dr Ralf Speth CEO of Jaguar Land RoverJourney of Discovery Launch: L to R - Motoring Journalist and event compere Quentin Willson with Ray Mears, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Monty Halls and Ben Saunders

The Journey of Discovery launched with help from a number of renowned experienced explorers who have all used the Land Rover Discovery in their adventures – including Bear Grylls, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ray Mears, Monty Halls and Polar explorer Ben Saunders

The inspiration for the 2012 Journey of Discovery comes from the ‘The First Overland Expedition’ of 1955, in which a team in Series 1 Land Rovers set out from Birmingham to Beijing.

1955 First Overland Expedition : Series 1 Land Rover with Darjeeling Railways
1955 First Overland Expedition : Series 1 Land Rover with Darjeeling Railways

1955 First Overland Expedition : Series 1 Land Rover in the Mesai River
1955 First Overland Expedition : Series 1 Land Rover in the Mesai River

1955 First Overland Expedition : Series 1 Land Rover in the Brahmaputra Jetty
1955 First Overland Expedition : Series 1 Land Rover in the Brahmaputra Jetty

1955 Oxford and Cambridge First Overland Expedition with the 1 Series Land Rover1955 Oxford and Cambridge First Overland Expedition with the 1 Series Land Rover 02

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