History & Timeline:
John Kemp Starley (1854, Walthamstow – UK; 1901, Coventry, UK).
: The Rover brand came directly from the J.K. Starley & Sutton bicycle factory in Coventry, founded by John Kemp Starley.
: The young builder presented atricycle, called Rover (vagabond in French) Rover Safety.
: He renamed his company "The Rover Cycle Company.
: Rover starts on its first motor car, led by designer Edmund Lewis who joined from Daimler.
: Rover 8 HP.
: Beat the famous Blue Train in France on the Calais / Saint-Raphaël route.
The Rover Light Six which beat the Blue Train on the Saint Raphaël / Calais route.
: Lande designed new version baptised Streamline Rover P1.
: The brand has largely earned its slogan:
"One of Britain's Fine Cars" is listed on the cover of Rover publications.
: Rover's chief designer Maurice Wilks and his associates create a prototype using Jeep chassis and component.
: The first Land Rover launches at the Amsterdam Motor Show.
: The British Army puts in its first Land Rover order.
: Land Rover is an iconic British car, so much so that King George VI granted Land Rover a Royal Warrant.
: Land designed a new revolutionary version, allowed Rover to revive after the war.
Rover 90/110, the hour of retirement has struck for the venerable "auntie".
: Rover becomes part of Leyland Motors, which the following year merges with British Motor Corp to become British Leyland.
: Land Rover launches the Range Rover, with independent suspension and a new V8 engine.
: Land Rover abandons US market facing competitive pressure from Japanese 4x4 brands.
: British Leyland part nationalized.
: One-millionth Land Rover leaves the production line.
: Land Rover Limited formed as a separate subsidiary of British Leyland.
: Range Rover is introduced to the US market, following many years of demand being filled by grey market sales.
: Rover Group is privatised and becomes part of British Aerospace, and is now known simply as Rover.
: Introduction of Discovery.
: The Ninety and One-Ten range of models are given the generic name of Defender.
: Rover Group is taken over by BMW. Introduction of second-generation Range Rover.
: Land Rover introduces the Special Edition Discovery XD with Freelander.
: Introduction of second generation of Discovery.
: BMW hands Rover Cars to Britain’s Phoenix consortium, a group of British businessmen.
: Introduction of third-generation Range Rover.
: Adoption of Jaguar AJ-V8 engine to replace the BMW M62 V8 in the Range Rover.
: Ford acquires the Rover trademark from BMW.
: Ford agreed to sell the Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Indian Tata Motors.
: India Tata Motors finalized their purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford
and put them into their new subsidiary, Jaguar Land Rover.
: Received a Queen's Award for Enterprise for outstanding contribution to international trade.
: Fourth-generation Range Rover was exhibited at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
: Land Rover and Jaguar Cars merged to form a single company,
Jaguar Land Rover Limited, producing vehicles under both marques.
: Land Rover announced the launch of "Cortex"to create self-propelled cars-robots
that are able to independently navigate off-road in all weather conditions."
: Land Rover announces it is working on a remote control system for its new Defender
that would allow low-speed driving from outside the car .