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No more Albions — they become Leylands

1st September 1972
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Page 19, 1st September 1972 — No more Albions — they become Leylands
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Albion is dead — long live Leyland! As part of an inevitable move towards rationalization BLMC has dropped the Albion marque name. From today, coinciding with the introduction of a new range of vehicles from the Glasgow factory (see page 28) all Clydesdale, Chieftain and Reiver models will be known as Leylands.

Announcing the new range Mr Ron Ellis, managing director of British Leyland truck and bus division, said that Albions had been sold through the same domestic distributor network as Leyland vehicles, and sold

overseas under the Leyland name, for a number of years and that the change was in name rather than content.

The range of trucks produced at the Albion plant in Glasgow, he said, shared many components with the medium-weight vehicles built at Leyland. The trucks, operators are assured, will continue to be sold and serviced by the same distributors and will continue to be built by those craftsmen who made "The Albion".

The Albion Motor Car Company was established before the turn of the century.

Albion Motors Ltd was building commercial vehicles at Scotstoun in 1902 and continued as an independent concern until it was taken over in 1951 by Leyland Motors Ltd, which later became the Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd. The British Leyland Motor Corporation was formed in 1968 when Leyland and BMC merged.


People: Ron Ellis
Locations: Glasgow

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