BL was created from the merger of many British car manufacturing companies. Many of these brands have since been divested and continue to exist to this day, although the British Leyland name came to an end in 1982. The most direct heir of the company is the current MG Rover Group.
The company became an infamous monument to the industrial turmoil that plagued Britain in the 1970s. At its peak, BL owned nearly 40 different manufacturing plants across the country. Rivalry between the individual marques which had previously been competitors prior to the merger resulted in a product range which was incoherent and full of duplication. This, combined with serious industrial relations problems (principally, the company's relations with hard_line SocialistTrade Unions of the time), and ineffectual management meant that BL became an unmanageable and financially crippled bethemoth whose bankruptcy in 1975 was inevitable.
British Leyland also produced commercial vehicles, light vans and agricultural tractors.
The car firms (and car brands) which eventually merged to form the company are as follows.
The dates given are those of the first car of each name, but these are often debatable as each car may be several years in development.
Modern auto stubs The Austin Motor Company was British manufacturer of automobiles that rose to be a major motorcar brand, the dominant partner after merger with Morris in the 50s but declining after absorption into BritishLeyland.
The Leyland Princess, sometimes called the Austin Princess, was a larger-sized (by Britishstandards) car produced by BritishLeyland in the United Kingdom from 1975 through to 1981.
The Marina was a model of car manufactured by the Morris division of BritishLeyland throughout the 1970s, a period of great turbulence and difficulty for the British car industry.
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