We visited the old Defender plant while living in Brasil and one of the pride points was their vehicles were better built than the ones from GB. They really didn’t leak in rain storms which living in a rain forest happened often.On my last visit to South Africa my wife was driving our D110 back to Durban from the Drakensberg when the skies opened up and we got caught in a heavy rain storm. The temperature dropped sharply. The Defender's climate control wasn't doing much (perhaps it couldn't keep pace with the ingress of cold air) and my wife had a waterfall of rain runoff cascading over her feet.
No doubt the new one will be civilized yet the old one could be built well.