When the going gets tough and the road gets tougher, a Land Rover has everything it takes to get you through it all. The British brand of vehicles has been infamous for off-roading capabilities since its first release in 1948. The manufacturer has since also seen five changes in ownership—so where exactly is your British off-roader coming from these days?
Want to learn more about who owns Land Rover and where the brand’s vehicles are made? Get ready to tackle some off-roading history with this guide.
The Tata group conducts business in over 150 countries and is the fifth most valuable corporation in Asia. In 2018, the company was responsible for 2.24% of India’s tax revenue—more than any other company in the country.
Being a conglomerate, the Tata Group is an umbrella of over 20 multi-industry companies—including Air India and the Indian sector of Starbucks.Tata Motor is the next in the chain of Land Rover’s ownership overseeing Jaguar Land Rover Limited, a subsidiary created specifically to oversee the brand acquisition.
What other makes does Tata Motor own?
Tata Motor was founded in 1945 to produce locomotives but transitioned into commercial vehicles in 1954 and passenger vehicles in 1988. Today, Tata Motor has a 12-company collection of wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures.
Here’s the full list of brands and manufacturing companies wholly and jointly owned by Tata Motor:
Where are Land Rovers made?
The first four-wheel-drive utilitarian Rover produced in 1948 came out of the Solihull Plant near Birmingham. Despite the changing nationalities in its ownership, Land Rover continues to produce cars in England here and at the later acquired Halewood Plant near Liverpool. Production has expanded, however, to Slovakia, Brazil, China, and India.
Here are the car brand’s six main plants and the Land Rover models they produce:
A short history of Land Rover ownership
So what happened after the 1948 release of that first Rover to get us to Tata’s ownership today?
After making its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show, the appropriately-named Rover Company continued to manufacture independently until 1967. At this time the company transitioned into Rover Triumph as a part of Leyland Motors. Eleven years later—and 30 years after the company’s first release—it grew into the independent subsidiary Land Rover Limited.
Ford saw the brand through major developments and design shifts during its time at the helm, but by 2007, the company was looking to sell Land Rover alongside Jaguar. They finalized the deal with Tata Group on March 26, 2008, combining the two into the single Land Rover Jaguar Limited subsidiary that continues to produce both brands today.
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