Interested in Land Rover history? You may not be aware that the Land Rover lineup was introduced back in 1948, as a model series produced by the Rover Company. Believe it or not, the latter was founded in 1885, in Warwickshire, England, as a bicycle manufacturer! When was Land Rover founded? Although the first Land Rover design was conceived in 1947, the company would not take on the Land Rover Limited name until more than 30 years later, in 1978.
Maurice Wilkes, the chairman and chief engineer of the Rover Company, started creating the first Land Rover in 1947, while living at his farm in Wales. It would be officially released at the Amsterdam Motor Show on April, 30, 1948. Built on a Jeep axle and chassis, and available only in variations of Army Green, it earned immediate praise from drivers and critics who value rugged looks and performance specs to match!
For roughly 20 years, the Rover Company continued to design and manufacture the Land Rover lineup.
In 1967, it was acquired by Leyland Motors, and renamed ‘Rover Triumph’. In 1970, the company released the world’s first Range Rover. Just six years later, the 1,000,000th Land Rover would be produced.
After reaching this important milestone, Rover Triumph would reincorporate at Land Rover Limited in 1978. While still under the ownership of British Leyland Motors, they would introduce the Range Rover to the U.S. market in 1987. In 1989, the Land Rover lineup was expanded once again with the Land Rover Discovery. In 1994, the Rover Group would be acquired by BMW.
Just six years later, the group would be broken up. Land Rover, now a standalone company, was subsequently sold to Ford. 2005 saw the introduction of the Range Rover Sport, and in 2007, the 4,000,000th Land Rover was sold.
In 2008, the Mumbai-based Tata Motors would purchase both Land Rover and Jaguar from Ford. The two were combined into a single subsidiary, Jaguar Land Rover, where they both remain today. In 2011, they introduced the Range Rover Evoque. In 2014, the Land Rover Discovery Sport joined the array, and the Range Rover Velar followed quickly in 2017. A new model, the Land Rover Defender, is expected to be released in 2020.
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