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Made In Portugal.

Ben Dec 16, 2016

  1. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member Guru I am in australia

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    I'm not sure which market their destined for, but their right hand drive, so I'm thinking South Africa. :icon-biggrin:

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  2. GeekOKent

    GeekOKent Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    There is that 1 person and a bit of another. .. bit the pics have a oddly deserted look about the place.
     
  3. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    3 people in the 5th photo
     
  4. Rodger

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    RHD and being built in Portugal. So we were discussing this info and my good lady linked the cessation of Defender production ...
    Maybe, just maybe, there is a link.
    And the lack of people? Are they just getting things set up ready for a launch???

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  5. Mojo

    Mojo Active Member I am in hong_kong

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    In Portugal, The Salvador Caetano Group started its car business in 1968, with the importation and representation of Toyota and does indeed have a plant in Ovar (District of Aveiro) for the production and assembly of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70-Series (probably for the African Market). Maybe the pics were taken during the 'lunch hour', which runs through most of the afternoon. If anyone is overlanding through Northern Portugal in the future, maybe pop in and have a look at the production line.
     
  6. Rodger

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    Having had a small amount of pre-full production experience in motor manufacture (albeit a long time ago) it looks to me like those are pre-prod engineers setting up/checking line/timing and flow. Obviously I could be wrong but it could be a further 'wing' to increase output. I don't see any JIT parts awaiting fitting so it implies, IMO, creation of a new line.

    Very interesting though.
     
  7. GeekOKent

    GeekOKent Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Isn't that the v8 engine . If so, not legal in the EU anymore?
     
  8. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Supporter Guru

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    Perhaps production is slow because they can only sell them in free countries .
     
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    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    I noticed the parts line missing too. It's pre-production for sure, when running, that line will look like organized chaos, IME.

    Great to see them being built though, I just don't know why they've opted for so much chrome on a work ute, it looks awful IMO.
     
  10. Alwyn Wallace

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    I think the chrome bits look great. It adds a touch of class and that 4.5 turbo'd diesel engine is a beauty. I had the pleasure of driving a standard one in OZ.
     
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    Am I wrong in thinking if a vehicle is made in the EU it gets a dispensation and is allowed to be sold in the EU?
     
  12. GeekOKent

    GeekOKent Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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  13. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member Guru I am in australia

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    I've got an update on this.........................

    So it transpires that the pics were taken when the Portuguese LandCruiser club visited the factory accompanied by Paul from West Coast Off Road in the UK, who was over there on a 4wd trip. :icon-cool:

    Apparently the factory was in a beautiful area in the North of the country and the tour was a complete one off.

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