Originally, the name Land Rover referred not to a whole company, but to a single civilian all-terrain vehicle launched on April 30, 1948, at the Amsterdam Motor Show. Later, it became the name of several distinct four-wheel drive models, before it began to refer to Land Rover the company, a British manufacturer of sport utility and all-terrain vehicles based in Solihull England.
Land Rover began its life as an internal division of Rover. Since then, it has designed and produced several vehicles under a succession of owners, including British Aerospace, British Leyland, and BMW, before becoming part of the Premier Automotive Group, the luxury-car division of the Ford Motor Company. It's also one of the longest lived and best known maker of rugged SUV's, coming second only to the American Jeep in terms of age.
While Land Rovers are manufactured primarily at the plant in Solihull, near Birmingham England, production of the Freelander has recently been reassigned to the Jaguar factory at Halewood near Liverpool. Additionally, the former BL/Rover Group technical center in Gaydon, Warwickshire houses the company's research and development headquarters.
In addition to being the vehicle of choice for the Camel Trophy as part of a sponsorship deal, Land Rovers have also competed in the Paris Dakar Rally, and it also has its own G4 challenge.
Somewhat ironically, while Land Rover continues to thrive, it's founding company, Rover, collapsed in 2005.
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Over the past 42 years the Land Rover Range Rover has managed to maintain the almost the exact same body style, while maintaining its status as one of the elite luxury and off-road vehicles. Unlike the 1970 Range Rover however, today’s model comes with bi-xenon headlights, mirror caps that are the same color as the vehicle, heated mirrors, a rearview park-assist camera, keyless entry, a power tailgate, and a $60,895 price tag. The front windshield wipers are also equipped with rain-sensing technology, which automatically applies the wipers when too much rain or snow is on the windshield. The LED taillights not only look stylish, but allow other drivers to react sooner. This Range Rover has between 6.7” and 8.9” of ground clearance, depending on if the suspension is set to off-road mode. For paint, consumers have a multitude of options to choose from. For non-metallic colors, the 2012 Range Rover Sport comes in Fuji White. For metallic colors consumers can decide between Aintree Green, Baltic Blue, Bournville (dark brown), Firenze Red, Indus Silver, Ipanema Sand, Marmaris Teal, Nara Bronze, Orkney Grey, Santorini Black, and Siberian Silver. more
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque sits pretty much in the middle of the luxury compact SUV class because it generates all kinds of middle-range reactions.
2011 Land Rover Range Rover
The Range Rover celebrates its 40th birthday with the 2011 model, and remains an iconic, capable, off-roading, luxury SUV. This combination, even with an MSRP range of $78,835 to $94,615 and fairly awful gas mileage (12 city and 18 highway), has long proven to be a winner with buyers in the genre.
2011 Land Rover LR4
The no-nonsense 2011 Land Rover LR4 doesn't waste your time with flowery advertisements. It does not come in 75 different trim levels with 436,392 permutations either.
2011 Land Rover LR2
The 2011 Land Rover LR2 is Land Rover's luxury entry level SUV, and delivers more agility, power, comfort and amenities than many vehicles at twice its price.