Freight Rover

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Freight Rover was a British commercial vehicle manufacturer based in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.


The company was created as a division of the Land Rover Group of British Leyland (BL) in 1981, creating a new single brand for BL's panel van business.

Under later company organisation changes Freight Rover became part of the Leyland Trucks division of BL.

In 1987 the Leyland Trucks division of, what was by then, the Rover Group (following the renaming of BL in 1986), merged with the Dutch truck company DAF Trucks, to form the new independent DAF NV company which soon after was floated on the Dutch stock market. The British arm of the new company traded as Leyland DAF, with two main sites in the UK: the truck plant in Leyland and the vans plant in Birmingham.

Following the collapse of DAF NV in 1993 the Birmingham van business was the subject of a management buyout and a new independent van company, LDV Limited, was created.