The new version of Land Rover’s Freelander 2 has become Britain’s compact 4×4 of choice, the manufacturer has claimed, with sales of the model up 20 per cent in 2007 compared to the same time last year.
Some 7,532 units have been sold so far this year, placing the Freelander 2 at the fore of the compact 4×4 market, ahead of rivals including the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V.
Diesel models have accounted for 95 per cent of all sales of the Freelander 2, Land Rover revealed, offering potential fuel economy figures of 37.7mpg.
Land Rover UK managing director John Edwards said: "The all-new Freelander 2 is now firmly established as the premium compact 4×4 of choice in the UK. This is a testament to its great design, high levels of quality and improved fuel economy.
"The Freelander 2 is the foundation of our business in the UK and will help us to deliver our best ever sales result in the UK this year."
Land Rover has achieved sales of over 24,000 units this year, helped partly by a 13 per cent increase in Range Rover sales.
The Discovery 3 and the Range Rover Sport are currently achieving twice the sales of their nearest rivals, while the Defender 07MY saw its best UK May sales result ever this year.