Main customers are government agencies, the UN, many NGO's as well
as countless individuals.
To please these customers the vehicle must be reliable and easy
to service. Reliability is quite good for Land Rover products but
new models, especially TD5 equipped cars need sophisticated electronics
like the TestBook
to work on. Only rarely you will find those expensive gadgetry in
the bush or in a remote mountain village. So Conrico, after hard
negotiations, was able to get new Defenders still with the 300 TDi
engine. Discoveries can't be bought any longer with this engine
(the Discovery II has a completely different layout under the bonnet
so the TDi'sdon't fit) but Conrico still has a stock of new vehicles
of the last 300 TDi bunch. Currently (August 2000) they still had
33 LHD (Left Hand Drive) and 4 RHD in stock. They stock about 600
vehicles so customer demand can be satisfied in 90% out of this.
The company employs 30 people in their Chertsey, Surrey based workshop
(about 9 miles from Heathrow Airport/London), many of them being
bilingual to serve foreign customers.