Big milestone for record-breaking Evoque

LAND Rover is celebrating the production of its 500,000th Range Rover Evoque at Halewood on Merseyside just above four years after deliveries of the luxury compact SUV started.

Evoque is the fastest-selling and most successful Land Rover ever produced, having become the quickest to reach the half-a-million vehicle production landmark.

One in every three Land Rovers sold around the world is an Evoque and strong global demand ensures the production line at Halewood is in operation 24 hours a day, with a new vehicle coming off the line every 80 seconds.

Gerry McGovern, chief design officer, Land Rover, said: “Evoque has been a huge success for Land Rover winning more than 165 international awards, bringing new customers to the brand and evolving to stay ahead of the competition.

“With our bold new Evoque Convertible we have broadened the range and will attract even more new customers to the brand.”

The launch of the Evoque marked a major milestone in the transformation of the fortunes of the Halewood manufacturing plant which welcomed £250m of investment to bring the model to market.

Its arrival at the Merseyside based site saw the introduction of a third shift and in just four years the plant’s workforce trebled and production quadrupled.