Land Rover is a British manufacturer of SUVs, one half of the larger British company Jaguar Land Rover, which is in turn a subsidiary of Tata Motors, an Indian company. Land Rover has existed in some form since 1948, when it began making off-road vehicles inspired by the small transports of World War II.
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The brand has gone on to make the iconic Series vehicles — I, II, IIA, IIB and III — as well as the Defender in two-door 90 and four-door 110 variants, and the Discovery and Discovery Sport. The Freelander also existed under the Land Rover name and was rebranded as the LR2 in its second generation. Land Rover also manufactures higher-end luxury SUVs like the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Velar.
Land Rover first existed as part of the Rover corporation before becoming part of the Leyland Corp., which in turn became British Leyland. British Leyland collapsed and was nationalized in 1975, and Land Rover eventually was split from Rover and became a separate subsidiary. Between 1975 and 1988, the parent corporation was renamed Rover Group before being privatized in 1988 and changing its name again, this time to Rover. BMW purchased Rover in 1994 before breaking it up and selling Land Rover to Ford in 2000. Ford, which had also purchased Jaguar, sold both to current owners Tata Motors in 2008.
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