The name Land Rover was actually coined by the Rover Company in 1948 for its then-new off-road utility vehicle. The company itself didn’t become an entity until a full 30 years later, when it evolved as part of the British Leyland empire. In 1994, BMW bought Rover, and in 2000, the Rover brand was broken up, with Ford acquiring the Land Rover brand. However, Ford sold Land Rover and sister brand Jaguar to Indian company Tata Motors, since when both brands have flourished. The company’s products also includes the Range Rover brand of luxury SUVs. However, the descendant of the Land Rover that started it all, the Land Rover Defender, was killed off in early 2016. At Haynes, we have an extensive range of Land Rover repair manuals and online procedures available for professional mechanics and DIY car enthusiasts alike. We can give you all the guidance you need.