Land Rover

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Land Rover
Type Unlimited company
Industry Automotive
Founded 1978[1]
Headquarters JLR Gaydon Centre, Gaydon, United Kingdom[2]
Key people Ratan Tata (Chairman)
Dr Ralf Speth (CEO)
John Edwards (Global Brand Director)[3]
Products Automobiles
Owner(s) Tata Motors
Employees 13,000
Parent Jaguar

Land Rover is a British car manufacturer with its headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom which specialises in four-wheel-drive vehicles. It is owned by the Indian company Tata Motors, forming part of their Jaguar (JLR) group.[4] It is the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (after Jeep).[5]

The Land Rover name was originally used by the Rover for one specific vehicle model, named simply the Land Rover, launched by Rover in 1948. Over the following years it developed into a marque encompassing a range of four-wheel-drive models, including the Defender, Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rovers are currently assembled in the company's Halewood and Solihull plants, with research and development taking place at JLR's Gaydon and Whitley engineering centres. Land Rover sold 194,000 vehicles worldwide in 2009.[6]

Land Rover has had several owners during its history. In 1967 the Rover Company became part of Leyland Motor Corporation and in 1968 Leyland Motor Corporation itself merged with British Motor Holdings to form British Leyland. In the 1980s British Leyland was broken-up and in 1988 Rover, including Land Rover, was acquired by British Aerospace. In 1994 Rover Group was acquired by BMW. In 2000 Rover Group was broken-up by BMW and Land Rover was sold to Ford, becoming part of its Premier Automotive Group. In June 2008 Ford sold both Land Rover and Jaguar to Tata Motors.[7][8][9]



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  9. "Tata Motors completes acquisition of Jag, Land Rover". Thomson Reuters. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 

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