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Top 10: Who owns which marques?

Corporate takeovers and mergers are nothing new in the motor industry, and most enthusiasts are aware of the major changes. But with a few of the manufacturers that are still with us, as well as many of those that have fallen by the wayside, there’s often confusion over who owns what.

We all know that BMW owns Mini and Rolls-Royce, for example, and we’re aware of the multiple brands (Bentley, Audi, Skoda and more) owned by the Volkswagen Group. But if you’re not sure of the current situation with such disparate marques as Triumph, Talbot, Lotus and Lada, read on...

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Rover – owned by Jaguar Land Rover

We often hear pub talk about how ‘the Chinese’ own Rover, but it’s not true. Nanjing (subsequently taken over by SAIC) did acquire the remnants of MG Rover in 2005, including the MG marque. But the Rover name was only ever licensed to the Phoenix Consortium when they acquired Rover Group from BMW; and so when what became MG Rover went bust in 2005, BMW retained ownership of the Rover brand until finally selling it to Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover in 2008. There’s been talk of JLR reintroducing Rover at some point, but we can’t see that happening.

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Comments

Chris C    on 22 April 2018

It's even more complicated with Jeep since Renault effectively owned AMC from 1979 to 1987.

A Daley    on 26 April 2018

An interesting article. I was amazed by how complicated it all is - who owns what and by what means they got it. Shame so many old British marques are lost to BMW and China, although I was surprised JLR owned Rover...

Harrovian    on 26 April 2018

You say that BMW 'own' Rolls-Royce, but do they not in fact have it under licence from Rolls-Royce themselves i.e. the aero engine makers and still a British company.

I wonder if I am alone in wishing that the wonderful MG name (Morris Garages) had been laid to rest rather than used on some fairly mediocre Chinese vehicles, one wonders what Lord Nuffield, William Morris would have thought - I can guess!

oldchemist    on 28 April 2018

I was always surprised BMW continued to use the MINI brand for less and less mini like cars when they could have re launched Triumph. By now we could have had Spitfires, Dolomites (& Sprints) , Toledos, Stags even and maybe 2000/2500 like sports saloons or SUVS ?? What a shame.

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