The new Land Rover Defender has been bestowed with two further globally-recognised awards being named overall Car of the Year while also securing the Unstoppable Force award in this year’s coveted Awards.

Defender was unveiled on Bruneian shores in August of this year at Indera Motors’ Beribi Showroom, alongside 12 countries in Asia. 

Judges of the prestigious prize praised the new Defender for being one of the toughest vehicles on the road today, and a brilliant successor to the original iconic Land Rover, as a car for the 21st century that performs brilliantly everywhere.

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In a statement from Indera Motors, the Editor of Top Gear Magazine Jack Rix said that ‘Car of the Year’ is an accolade won by only the very best of the best. 

“We recognise that replacing an icon is an unenviable task, and one Land Rover rightly took its time to get right. “Congratulations to everyone at Land Rover,” he said. 

On his part, Executive Director of Product Engineering of Jaguar Land Rover Nick Rogers said that it is an absolute honour to receive Top Gear’s Car of the Year award for our New Defender. 

“Right from the start of creating this vehicle with the blank sheet of paper, we were obsessed about respecting its heritage and keeping its true authenticity, as well as ensuring it is completely fitting for today’s ever-evolving world,” he said.

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“We have worked tirelessly to deliver a vehicle that has incredible off-road capability, as well as on-road poise and driveability. Additionally, we have ensured that the New Defender is completely connected, with our new Pivi Pro infotainment system and Software Over the Air (SOTA) updates to continually enhance the Defender operating system,” he said. 

“We are especially proud of this recognition from Top Gear, which is a testament to the dedication of our JLR Family who has created a vehicle that we believe is truly worthy of the Defender name,” concluded the executive director.

With over 30 global accolades to date for the new Defender, the Top Gear prizes are among a string of prestigious awards that the Land Rover Defender has taken home in 2020. 

Notable awards include Motortrend’s 2021 SUV of the year, Autocar’s Best SUV 2020 and Parker’s Best Off-roader.

The New Defender has been through more than 62,000 tests for engineering sign-off, while the chassis and body architecture has been engineered to withstand Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedure – repeated and sustained impacts, above and beyond the normal standard for SUV and passenger cars. 

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With the latest New Defender, the Land Rover Defender family now encompasses the Defender 90 and Defender 110 versions.

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This article was first published on December 12, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 119



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