Land Rover is a well known automobile company that specializes in manufacturing four wheelers. It comes under the brand, Jaguar Land Rover which in turn is an integral part of the Indian automobile company, Tata Motors. Founded in 1948, over the years this company has expanded its horizons and come up with a number of popular four wheel vehicles like Defender, Freelander, Discovery and different versions of Range Rover.
The first Land Rover vehicle was designed by Maurice Wilks in 1948, when he worked as the chief designer for Rover Company. The design of the vehicle was largely influenced by a jeep and it was also named Centre Steer. All these vehicles had axles and jeep chassis. In 1967, Rover Company was taken over by Leyland Motor Corporation and got blended into one of its division. However the continued popularity of the Land Rover and later Range Rover compelled the organization to create a separate establishment for these vehicles. This is how Land Rover came into being in the year 1978.