Land Rover has been recognised with two Queen’s awards. Not only that, but Land Rover is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year too.
One of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise was to acknowledge their export sales figures. Land Rover achieved a 52 per cent increase to grow their income by £1.3 billion in three years.
Exports have risen strongly in new markets – Russia is currently running 176 per cent ahead of last year with 4,690 sales and China is ahead by 224 per cent with 3,239 sales.
Phil Popham, Land Rover’s managing director, said: "To win not one but two Queen’s Awards is a considerable achievement and a testament to Land Rover’s relevance and modernity in its 60th anniversary year.
"It demonstrates we are building and selling desirable and technically advanced cars around the world and generating significant wealth for Britain."
The second of the awards was for a Queen’s Award for Innovation for the Terrain Response System. This is available on all of the Land Rover models, except the Defender, and adjusts the traction and engine performance to optimise the road and off-road conditions.
Jaguar and Land Rover marques have been in the news recently after their sale to Tata. There has also been sadness following the death of the chief executive officer, Geoff Polites, who oversaw the sale and was expected to continue in the same role with the new owners.
Lewis Booth, executive vice president responsible for Ford Motor Company’s businesses in Europe, said: "His leadership of the team that has put the Jaguar Land Rover business back into profitability has been exceptional. Geoff has given Jaguar Land Rover the solid foundation and established the strong management team it needs for a successful future. We will miss our friend very much."