Land Rover is supporting the fight against the coronavirus by loaning over 160 vehicles to emergency response organisations around the world.

The support will see 57 vehicles, including 27 new Defenders, being utilised by the British Red Cross, and a further 65 being used by the Red Cross in Australia, Spain, South Africa and France, with more vehicles expected to be deployed soon.

The Red Cross says that vehicles from both Jaguar and Land Rover will be used “to help emergency teams reach more people living in isolated communities”.

The announcement comes amid the now-postponed global media launch of the new Defender which was set to take place at one of Land Rover’s Technical Development centres in the UK. Some of the loaned vehicles are part of that media press fleet.

Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover customer experience director, said “We will do everything we can to support people in need around the world. Our partnership with the Red Cross goes back 65 years and we will work hand in hand with them to do all we can during this global health emergency.”

Jaguar Land Rover is looking at other ways to help the UK government during this crisis, which includes offering its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support.