Land Rover's 'Tomb Raider' Defender Makes U.S. Debut At 2001 New York International Automobile Show

Defender is Star Vehicle of Upcoming Movie 'Tomb Raider,'

Which Premieres in U.S. June 15



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Land Rover North America, Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A specially modified Land Rover
 Defender will star in Paramount Pictures' eagerly anticipated live-action
 adventure movie "Tomb Raider," which opens in the U.S. and Canada on June 15.
 Actress Angelina Jolie, in the title role of Lara Croft, will use the "Tomb
 Raider" Defender to drive her out of danger.  The vehicle provides her with
 access to remote and rugged locations during her fearless quest across the
 globe.  The "Tomb Raider" Defender will be on display at the New York
 International Automobile Show through April 22.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010411/DCW015 )
     Lara Croft's "Tomb Raider" vehicle is based on a high-capacity pickup
 version of the Defender 110 -- a Defender with a 110-inch wheelbase -- that
 has been specially modified by Land Rover Special Vehicles in conjunction with
 Paramount Pictures.  Bonatti Gray in color with aluminum tread plates and
 bumpers, this unique, open-top Defender is fitted with a "Heritage"-type
 grille and four Safari driving lights mounted on the front of the roof rack.
 Extra accessories to aid Lara in her adventures include an expedition tool
 kit, fender-mounted shovel and axe, winches at the front, rear and sides, a
 dash-mounted notebook computer, a GPS navigation system, a GSM telephone and
 emergency kill buttons.
     Simon West, film director of "Tomb Raider," said, "The Defender was the
 perfect choice to star as Lara's vehicle.  The entire theme of the film is
 based on action and adventure, so Lara's vehicle had to be one rugged enough
 to cope with all the challenging stunts."
     The Defender is not the only Land Rover vehicle featured in the movie.
 "Tomb Raider" and Land Rover fans will see the complete Land Rover product
 lineup, which includes the Discovery Series II, Range Rover and upcoming
 Freelander models.  The Range Rover plays a supporting role as the vehicle
 driven by Lara's wealthy arch-enemy Powell.  The Discoverys are driven by
 Powell's evil henchmen.
     The "Tomb Raider" movie is inspired by Lara Croft, the most successful
 interactive video game character in history.  "Tomb Raider" and Lara Croft are
 trademarks of Core Design Ltd.  All rights reserved.  Paramount Pictures will
 release the film theatrically in the U.S. and Canada on June 15, 2001.
     The "Tomb Raider" Defender was specially created for the film and is not
 available for sale.  Defender vehicles are not sold in the U.S. or Canada,
 however their stablemates, Range Rover and Discovery Series II share
 Defender's off-road capability.
     "Tomb Raider"(TM) and Lara Croft(TM) are trademarks of Core Design Ltd.
 All rights reserved.
 
     Land Rover North America, Inc., established in 1986, imports and
 distributes Range Rover and Discovery Series II vehicles manufactured for sale
 in the U.S. by Land Rover Group Limited in Solihull, England.  Land Rover's
 worldwide operations are wholly owned by Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.  For
 additional information about Land Rover, call 800-FINE-4WD or visit
 http://www.landrover.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Mark Schirmer, 301-918-8045, or Oliver Brearey, 301-731-8706, or
 Bill Baker, 301-731-8705, all of Land Rover North America, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Land Rover North America, Inc.
    NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A specially modified Land Rover
 Defender will star in Paramount Pictures' eagerly anticipated live-action
 adventure movie "Tomb Raider," which opens in the U.S. and Canada on June 15.
 Actress Angelina Jolie, in the title role of Lara Croft, will use the "Tomb
 Raider" Defender to drive her out of danger.  The vehicle provides her with
 access to remote and rugged locations during her fearless quest across the
 globe.  The "Tomb Raider" Defender will be on display at the New York
 International Automobile Show through April 22.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010411/DCW015 )
     Lara Croft's "Tomb Raider" vehicle is based on a high-capacity pickup
 version of the Defender 110 -- a Defender with a 110-inch wheelbase -- that
 has been specially modified by Land Rover Special Vehicles in conjunction with
 Paramount Pictures.  Bonatti Gray in color with aluminum tread plates and
 bumpers, this unique, open-top Defender is fitted with a "Heritage"-type
 grille and four Safari driving lights mounted on the front of the roof rack.
 Extra accessories to aid Lara in her adventures include an expedition tool
 kit, fender-mounted shovel and axe, winches at the front, rear and sides, a
 dash-mounted notebook computer, a GPS navigation system, a GSM telephone and
 emergency kill buttons.
     Simon West, film director of "Tomb Raider," said, "The Defender was the
 perfect choice to star as Lara's vehicle.  The entire theme of the film is
 based on action and adventure, so Lara's vehicle had to be one rugged enough
 to cope with all the challenging stunts."
     The Defender is not the only Land Rover vehicle featured in the movie.
 "Tomb Raider" and Land Rover fans will see the complete Land Rover product
 lineup, which includes the Discovery Series II, Range Rover and upcoming
 Freelander models.  The Range Rover plays a supporting role as the vehicle
 driven by Lara's wealthy arch-enemy Powell.  The Discoverys are driven by
 Powell's evil henchmen.
     The "Tomb Raider" movie is inspired by Lara Croft, the most successful
 interactive video game character in history.  "Tomb Raider" and Lara Croft are
 trademarks of Core Design Ltd.  All rights reserved.  Paramount Pictures will
 release the film theatrically in the U.S. and Canada on June 15, 2001.
     The "Tomb Raider" Defender was specially created for the film and is not
 available for sale.  Defender vehicles are not sold in the U.S. or Canada,
 however their stablemates, Range Rover and Discovery Series II share
 Defender's off-road capability.
     "Tomb Raider"(TM) and Lara Croft(TM) are trademarks of Core Design Ltd.
 All rights reserved.
 
     Land Rover North America, Inc., established in 1986, imports and
 distributes Range Rover and Discovery Series II vehicles manufactured for sale
 in the U.S. by Land Rover Group Limited in Solihull, England.  Land Rover's
 worldwide operations are wholly owned by Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.  For
 additional information about Land Rover, call 800-FINE-4WD or visit
 http://www.landrover.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Mark Schirmer, 301-918-8045, or Oliver Brearey, 301-731-8706, or
 Bill Baker, 301-731-8705, all of Land Rover North America, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Land Rover North America, Inc.