Auverland (Société nouvelle des automobiles Auverland), now grouped with Panhard, is a French manufacturer of Jeep-like four-wheel-drive and armoured fighting vehicles. It bought Panhard from Peugeot in April 2005, and the combined company now uses the Panhard name.
Created by Francois Servanin early 1980 in Saint-Germain-Laval (Loire), Auverland began licensed production of the Cournil 4x4 previously constructed in Aurillac (Cantal) beginning in 1984. Licensed production of Cournil was also taken in Portugal under the brand UMM in 1977. In 1986 Auverland presented a redesigned version, still based on the Cournil, called the A3. The A3 also provided the basis for the Brazilian JPX Montez, which was built there from 1992 until production finally stopped in 2002.
Auverland almost disappeared due to diversification into civilian vehicles. In 2001, the new Society of Automotive Auverland (NAAS) was taken over by refocusing on market forces and public services ( Police, Mounted Police, firefighters ), but also recognized in competition clearance.
The Auverland company is 76% owned by the Cohen family, 10% by Christian Mons, 7% by Pierre Dalmas, and 7% by the Servanins. In 2005, the company achieved a turnover of 60 million euros and had a staff of 300 employees (aggregation of entities and SCMPL NAAS).
Since December 30, 2005, the company took the name " Panhard General Defense "and expects a turnover of more than 95 million euros for 2006 and 120 million in 2007. Despite its modest size in relation to key players in the defense industry, it still ranks as Europe's leading armored wheeled vehicles under 10 tons, with the lineup the most robust market.
It notably produces the Petit Véhicule Protégé.
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