The organizers of the 2016 Invictus Games have recently announced that Jaguar Land Rover will be the presenting partner for the 2016 Invictus Games that will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from May 8th-12th, and will host 500 military athletes from across 15 nations.
In addition to providing financial backing for the games, JLR is also committed to helping former military service members transition into civilian careers, as well as providing work placement rehabilitation programs for injured service members. Land Rover was the presenting partner for the 2014 Games in London, and with their pledge to once again support the Invictus Games, they have demonstrated a commitment to service members and veterans from all of the participating nations.
“Jaguar Land Rover is immensely proud to be the Presenting Partner of the 2016 Invictus Games here in the United States,” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, North America. “We strongly believe that there is a close alignment between our company’s values and the passionate, unstoppable, determination of armed forces veterans. Our goal, in partnership with the Invictus Organization, is to continue to inspire and encourage injured and wounded military personnel.”
The Invictus Games Orlando will bring together more than 500 competitors to compete in 10 sports: archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis. The 2014 Games saw crowds of 65,000 cheer on over 400 competitors, as millions more tuned in to witness their achievements on television. With the Orlando Games in 2016, the Invictus spirit will continue to spread internationally.
For almost a decade, the Land Rover Freelander 1 remained one of the brand’s best-selling models, and now it has officially been given a seat at the Land Rover Heritage table!
A Heritage model is defined as those products that have been out of production for longer than 10 years and the Freelander 1 was first produced in 1997 and its production run ended nine years later in 2006 when Freelander 2 replaced it. Ever since production of Freelander 1 concluded, Land Rover continued to support owners through the supply of spare parts for this model line. Now, owners will be supported by the brand’s Heritage experts and ensure loyal owners continue to enjoy their vehicle for many years to come.
Land Rover Heritage specializes in cars, services, parts and experiences for classic Land Rover models and the Freelander 1 becomes the brand’s eighth Heritage model. The others are Series I, II and III, Range Rover Classic and P38 Range Rover plus Discovery 1 and 2.
Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Heritage, said: “With the addition of the Freelander 1 as a Heritage model, Land Rover is reaffirming its support and commitment to its loyal customers by providing exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences for models more than 10 years out of production. Genuine Land Rover Heritage Parts for Freelander 1 have been engineered and tested in extreme conditions. As such it gives our customers total peace-of-mind that their vehicles are maintained to the highest possible standards.”
When it was launched, the Freelander broke the mould by pioneering the compact premium 4×4 class and at the time had 16 patented features including Hill Descent Control (HDC), Immediate Reduction Drive (IDR), a viscous-coupling (VCU) and an innovative ABS system designed specifically for off-road situations.