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Following the merging of Leyland Motors and British Motor Holdings, British Leyland was established as an automotive engineering and manufacturing corporation in the UK in 1968 as British Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd (BLMC). It was partially nationalized in 1975 when the UK government established British Leyland, a holding corporation that was renamed BL in 1978. It included a significant portion of the largely British-owned automobile industry, which had its origins in 1895 and in 1968 held a 40% share of the UK car market.


BLMC had a problematic past despite having successful brands like Jaguar, Rover, and Land Rover in addition to the best-selling Mini. This eventually led to its bankruptcy in 1975 and subsequent partial nationalization.

After extensive reorganization and the sale of subsidiary businesses, BL was renamed the Rover Group in 1986. From 1988 to 1994, it was a part of British Aerospace until being acquired by BMW. When the MG Rover Group, the company's last remaining iteration, entered administration in 2005, major automobile production by British-owned automakers came to an end. Prior to going into administration, MG Rover tried to combine with China's SAIC, which also owned the marques Austin, Morris, and Wolseley.

Leyland Trucks Ltd.

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