nts_rr40heritage001_bfa0Solihull, England – The Range Rover celebrates its 40th birthday on June 17, marking three generations of the world’s first fully-capable luxury 4×4 SUV.

The three generations were the original (Classic) in 1970, the second-generation P38A in 1994, and third-generation L322 in 2001.

A second model line, the Range Rover Sport, launched in 2005 and became Land Rover’s biggest-selling vehicle worldwide in 2007. A third line, smaller and more fuel efficient, will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010.

“Land Rover has a unique history of product innovation,” said Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director. “But the Range Rover probably remains the most historically significant vehicle we have ever launched. It is one of the most important vehicles in the history of motoring.”

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