While car sales across Europe are suffering, Tata Motors’ utility vehicle and luxury SUV unit Land Rover has reported a 46% hike in global sales this year.

The Range Rover Evoque has been a big contributor to the success with over 100,000 sales in its first year, pushing Land Rover to record numbers.

Design chief Gerry McGovern said: “With Evoque we went into a segment that no one had even thought of and it became the fastest selling Land Rover model ever.”

Speaking at the media launch of the fourth generation Range Rover in Morocco, McGovern said there were more opportunities in the future.

“We have three distinct families, Defender, Range Rover and Discovery and there is room to stretch these further – at the moment there is only one Discovery; we are looking at what we can do there.”

He added that the next generation Defender would not look like recent concepts.

“I don’t think that will come as a surprise but the challenge has been to design and engineer a new, modern Defender that is still as hard as nails.”