CATALINA ISLAND, CA – The odds appear stacked against the prospect of seeing Land Rover North America (LRNA) bring the Defender back to this market. “I think there’s every opportunity for a vehicle like that,” says Richard Beattie, LRNA executive vice president-sales and marketing. A “rustic” SUV, it enjoys a place of honor among the off-road set, he tells Ward's. But without a new platform or a business plan that makes it possible, “we have no plans to bring a replacement,” Beattie ...

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