Land Rover is a British manufacturer of SUVs that is currently a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Tata Motors. Like most British vehicle manufacturers, Land Rover has changed hands frequently and is known for iconic and unreliable models.
The original Land Rovers were created in the late 1940s and based off of the Jeep platform. The Company was acquired by British Leyland and introduced the famous Defender and Range Rover models in the 1970s. The Range Rover was introduced to the USA in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, the Company was acquired by BMW, who designed and built the Freelander, third generation Range Rover, Discovery and LR3. By the mid 2000s, BMW sold Land Rover to Ford, who owned it until 2008, when it was sold to Tata Motors.
The Company has long been known to sponsor grueling contests to drive through inhospitable terrain and thus promote the off-road accolades of its vehicles. Land Rover also demonstrated impeccable foresight with the creation of the Range Rover – the world’s first luxury SUV. And subsequent sub-variants the Evoque and Sport models.