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Leyland Vehicles

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1977 Leyland Truck and Bus were at North Works, Hough Lane, Leyland.

1978 BL put its Truck and Bus activity into a new company, Leyland Vehicles[1].

1978 Moved under the umbrella company BL Commercial Vehicles with a number of other subsidiaries.

1980 BL Commercial Vehicles employed 38,000[2]

1981 LV started pilot production of the T68 Landmaster truck at the Bathgate plant in Scotland. The 5000 workers at Bathgate were still on a three-day week while the rest of the company stepped up to 4 days.[3]

1981 Leyland Vehicles split into three companies:[4]

1982 Part of the new Land Rover-Leyland

1983 Austin Rover Group and Leyland Vehicles, the bus and truck division, were both loss making; the other divisions of BL Cars, namely Jaguar and Unipart, were profitable[5]

1986 As part of the privatisation of BL, trade buyers were sought for Land Rover-Leyland except for Leyland Bus which would be sold separately[6].

1987 Leyland Bus was sold to its management.

1988 Leyland Bus was sold to Volvo

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 11, 1978
  2. The Times, Feb 14, 1980
  3. The Engineer 1981/05/21
  4. Wikipedia
  5. The Times , Apr 28, 1983
  6. Cabinet Office memo 24 March 1986