• Dec 19, 2007


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Close your eyes, we're going to play a little automotive word association. Just one round. Think of "malaria" – now what vehicle are you associating with the unfortunate disease? It could only be the Land Rover Defender, the go-anywhere, no-nonsense sport-ute that has probably traveled more malarial swamps and barren deserts than any other vehicle in history. Granted most marketing firms would not recommend that their clients associating their product with a debilitating disease, but this marketing association is geared towards raising funds to eliminate the disease. That's good.

Land Rover Netherlands has teamed up with designer Piet Boon to produce a limited edition Defender. The Dutch designer has added some minimalist details to the truck, equipped with LR's 2.4-liter turbodiesel, in return for €56,900, a portion of which goes towards the Drive Against Malaria foundation. Like the previous Piet Boon Edition of the Range Rover Sport, only 15 will be made available, so if malaria is your cause, you live in Holland, and you're in the market for a new truck, we'd like to meet you better get yours now.

[Source: Piet Boon Design via Land Rover Owner International]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      What, no hate posts?
      Com'on if it were a Hummer, the rainforest and little chipmonks would be dying already.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, there's the obvious "I wouldn't want to get caught in a malarial swamp in a vehicle that, if you turn on the headlights, rolls down the window instead".

        Maybe I'm too young, but the first thing I think about when I think "Land Rover" is "Glitchy Bastard".
      • 7 Years Ago
      No, no, Glitchy Bastard was my first wife. Uh, wrong situation..........
        • 7 Years Ago
        electric windows in a defender???

        never!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the cream color and the Boost alloy rims in black aren't too bad either, but the slits in the headlight bezel is so ugly.

      Defender's rule
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now if we can only get a special edition Aveo here is the U.S. to raise rabies awareness....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wouldn't a Cujo-edition Pinto be better at raising rabies awareness?


        Back on topic - the best accessory for the Malaria-edition Land Rover would have to be a gallon jug of DDT and a big can of Deep Woods Off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Holland gets special-edition Land Rover to benefit Malaria"

      now excuse the language, but why in hell would you want to benefit malaria? i am appalled that no one else is offended that land rover is trying to spread this horrendous disease!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not a Land Rover if I can't strip it down to the frame with a screwdriver and a wrench.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about a pink Hummer for breast cancer awareness?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Won't the use of DDT eliminate malaria? It worked before, so it would probably work now.