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Land Rover-Leyland

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1982 When Michael Edwardes left BL, David Andrews was appointed chief executive of Land Rover-Leyland[1] which consisted of the previous BL Commercial Vehicles and the Land Rover Group including:

1983 Austin Rover Group and Leyland Vehicles, the bus and truck division, were both loss making; the other divisions of BL Cars, namely Jaguar and Unipart, were profitable[2]

1986 As part of the privatisation of BL, trade buyers were sought for Land Rover-Leyland except for Leyland Bus which would be sold separately[3]. Leyland Bus was then sold to its management.

The new chairman of BL, Graham Day, split the group into 6 divisions - including Land Rover, Freight Rover and Leyland Truck[4] - and renamed the group Rover Group.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 01, 1982
  2. The Times , Apr 28, 1983
  3. Cabinet Office memo 24 March 1986
  4. The Times, September 26, 1986