Land Rover history had begun in post WW II Britany. The very first Land Rover was built in 1947 by two brothers, Maurice and Spencer Wilks. Maurice was chief designer of a Rover, British car manufacturing company and Spencer was its Managing Director. Brothers got inspiration from military 4×4 Willys Jeep.
In the mid-80s Land Rover engineers and designers were working on vehicle, intended for a family car market segment. It was decided to use a Range Rover wheel base with a simpler and less expensive body. The result of hard work on the project was the Land Rover Discovery, presented on 16 September 1989 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Discovery was for Land Rover’s pioneer project for a new market segment of all-wheel drive cars.
In 1997 Land Rover Freelander was launched. More compact than Discovery, this sport utility vehicle became Europe’s best-selling four-wheel drive model. It was produced for 19 years, changing two generations.