11 Fun Facts about the Land Rover Discovery
- Land Rover created the Discovery in 1989 to entice families to own a Land Rover 4x4 vehicle, making it the ultimate family all-purpose vehicle.
- Using Computer Aided Design or CAD, the Discovery was the first Land Rover to be designed with this technology.
- The Rover group used bird and animal themes when giving codenames to their project cars. The Land Rover Discovery was codenamed "Project Jay", named after the Blue Jay bird.
- The first Land Rover Discovery which debuted in 1989 was launched as a three-door model. A year later, the Land Rover Discovery five-door model was available to the mass market.
- A first generation Land Rover Discovery was built for ambulance duties, and had a wheelbase of 116-inches--making it the longest Discovery model for its generation.
- The first series of Land Rover Discoveries were designed with side graphics. During the late 1980's, the three-door Land Rover Discoveries were very fashionable and in 1992, the side graphics were changed to keep up with the times. 1994 saw the change in vehicle fashion, and Land Rover phased out the infamous side graphics of the Discovery.
- A shoulder bag trimmed to match the seats of the Discovery was introduced during its first series. These shoulder bags can also be attached to the vehicle's center console, and they can fetch a high premium with Discovery enthusiasts.
- During the 1990s, the Land Rover Discovery was remembered for its feats during the Camel Trophies. Known as the "Olympics of 4x4s", it was succeeded by the Land Rover G4 Challenge. Land Rover produced special Camel Trophy Edition Discovery models to commemorate the events.
- From 1994 to 1996, the Honda Crossroad was a straight port-over of the Land Rover Discovery Series 1. The Rover group of companies had a cross-holding relationship with Honda U.K at that time.
- In 2008, the Land Rover Discovery 3 was among the 60 vehicles donated to the British Red Cross to commemorate Land Rover's 60th Anniversary.
- On May 8, 2007, the four millionth Land Rover Discovery 3 was donated to the Born Free Foundation. Joanna Lumley, the foundation's founder and patron, accepted the keys on the charity's behalf, and deployed the Discovery 3 as their "Rapid Response Rescue" vehicle.