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May 1, 1997
Land Rover North America Inc., the Lanham-based importer of Land Rover vehicles, used a touch of royalty yesterday in dedicating its new corporate headquarters.Princess Alexandra, first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II, was given the honor of unveiling a dedication plaque affixed to a large quarried rock in the lobby of the 60,000-square-foot structure.The Prince George's County company is the U.S. marketing arm for vehicles manufactured by Land Rover in Solihull, England.The new, two-story, headquarters is the second phase of a more than $12 million building program that began last year with the construction of an adjacent vehicle demonstration course.
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April 21, 2008
GEOFF POLITES, 60 Automotive executive Jaguar and Land Rover's Chief Executive Geoff Polites, who is credited with steering the storied British luxury brands through the ongoing sale process to India's Tata Motors Ltd., died yesterday in his home country of Australia after battling serious illness for the past two years, Ford Motor Co. said. Additional details weren't released. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford credited Mr. Polites with leading the team that returned the Jaguar and Land Rover business to profitability.
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BUSINESS
By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2001
Land Rover North America will close its headquarters in Lanham next year, part of a move announced yesterday by parent Ford Motor Co. to consolidate its three British luxury automobile brands. Ford already had announced plans to relocate Land Rover's top executives to California, a move now under way. But yesterday's announcement means that the 100-employee operation remaining in Maryland will be gone by the middle of 2002. "The office building will close, but everyone in Lanham will be offered a job somewhere," said Simon Sproule, a spokesman for the new division.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | January 20, 2008
A third suspect might have been involved in a double homicide in Brooklyn Park, a crime that left a homicide witness dead and set free a man charged with murder. Though Anne Arundel County police announced charges in November against two men in the Aug. 28 deaths of Dequincey Antonio Smith, 24, and Dontay Lamont Williams, 21, court records indicate that a third person was in the getaway car. Shawn Lamont Weaver is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder and is being held in the Baltimore city jail in an unrelated incident.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | December 18, 2007
The luxury brand Jaguar is poised to join Tata Motors, an Indian auto company that makes tractor-trailers, full-size sport utility vehicles and the world's cheapest car. Tata is the front-runner in the bidding for Ford Motor's Jaguar and Land Rover brands, people close to the negotiations say, and a decision could be made in the next few days. A final deal, which is expected to be worth about $2 billion, will not be announced until early next year, according to the people, who were not authorized to comment publicly.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1996
Parris N. Glendening freed his firm grip on the steering wheel, rested his arm on the window opening of the $30,000-plus, silver Land Rover, flashed a broad grin and said: "What a thrill. This was the most fun I've had as governor."The governor had just completed his second lap around a third-of-a-mile, off-pavement demonstration course Land Rover has constructed in the East Point Metro Business Center in Prince George's County. The course familiarizes dealer prospects, potential financial partners, suppliers and customers with the ruggedness of the luxury sport utility vehicle the automaker imports and distributes throughout the country.
BUSINESS
By Los Angeles Times | January 4, 2008
An Indian carmaker has moved to the forefront of negotiations to buy two of the world's most prestigious car brands from Ford Motor Co. Yesterday, Ford named Mumbai-based Tata Motors the preferred bidder for Jaguar and Land Rover. Tata beat out a rival Indian carmaker and an American private equity company, and sale talks are now expected to enter their final phase. "While no final decision has been made, we will proceed with further substantive discussions with Tata Motors over the forthcoming weeks," said Lewis Booth, Ford executive vice president.
NEWS
By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | June 6, 2006
A Maryland State Police cruiser attempting a U-turn on Interstate 97 was struck by a Land Rover Discovery shortly after 8:30 a.m. yesterday, snarling morning rush-hour traffic on the highway and other roads in the Glen Burnie area. Trooper Quinn Dobbins, 24, was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was treated for cuts and bruises and released, said state police Sgt. Russell Newell. The driver of the Land Rover, Dawn Robinson, 44, of Glen Burnie was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
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By Kris Antonelli and Mike Farabaugh and Kris Antonelli and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writers | February 27, 1995
A Stevenson couple were counting their blessings last night after their 3-year-old son escaped harm during an afternoon carjacking in Roland Park."We are really fortunate and very lucky," said Gregory Barnhill, of the 10000 block of Stevenson Road. "The police were great and very responsive."Mr. Barnhill's wife, Lisa, was driving their son, Scott, to a christening when she stopped at a friend's apartment in the 5700 block of Roland Ave. at 1:35 p.m. Mrs. Barnhill parked her 1993 Land Rover in front of the building and left the engine running while Scott sat in his car seat in the back seat, police said.
NEWS
April 21, 2008
GEOFF POLITES, 60 Automotive executive Jaguar and Land Rover's Chief Executive Geoff Polites, who is credited with steering the storied British luxury brands through the ongoing sale process to India's Tata Motors Ltd., died yesterday in his home country of Australia after battling serious illness for the past two years, Ford Motor Co. said. Additional details weren't released. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford credited Mr. Polites with leading the team that returned the Jaguar and Land Rover business to profitability.
BUSINESS
By Los Angeles Times | January 4, 2008
An Indian carmaker has moved to the forefront of negotiations to buy two of the world's most prestigious car brands from Ford Motor Co. Yesterday, Ford named Mumbai-based Tata Motors the preferred bidder for Jaguar and Land Rover. Tata beat out a rival Indian carmaker and an American private equity company, and sale talks are now expected to enter their final phase. "While no final decision has been made, we will proceed with further substantive discussions with Tata Motors over the forthcoming weeks," said Lewis Booth, Ford executive vice president.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | December 18, 2007
The luxury brand Jaguar is poised to join Tata Motors, an Indian auto company that makes tractor-trailers, full-size sport utility vehicles and the world's cheapest car. Tata is the front-runner in the bidding for Ford Motor's Jaguar and Land Rover brands, people close to the negotiations say, and a decision could be made in the next few days. A final deal, which is expected to be worth about $2 billion, will not be announced until early next year, according to the people, who were not authorized to comment publicly.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Reporter | December 17, 2007
According to a recent survey, more than half (51 percent) of respondents like to receive lengthy "form letter" updates from family and friends at Christmas. -- WhitePages.com 2007 poll on holiday communication trends Dear Friend and Family, Happy holidays! We can't believe it's been seven years since our last form letter. But friends accused us of bragging about our children and our own accomplishments. They said our letters were longer than an MVA line. So, since our friends are theoretically important, we stopped writing.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 31, 2007
Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally said the "head winds" of a slowing economy and tighter credit won't delay the automaker's return to profitability. "We put together a pretty robust transformation plan," Mulally said in an interview this week in New York. He said the strategy, which has the second-biggest U.S. automaker turning a profit in 2009, anticipated the risks of an economic slowdown as well as greater difficulty for companies and consumers in borrowing from their usual lenders.
BUSINESS
By JIM MATEJA AND RICK POPELY and JIM MATEJA AND RICK POPELY,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 3, 2006
CHICAGO -- When Ford acquired it for $2.6 billion in 1989, Jaguar was its crown jewel. Now it's the division most likely to carry a "For Sale" sign as the ailing No. 2 U.S. automaker determines which of its business units to shed. In reporting a $123 million global loss and a $797 million loss in North America in the second quarter, chief executive William Clay Ford Jr. said last week that he was going to accelerate the automaker's restructuring plan. Yesterday, adding even more urgency, Ford more than doubled its second-quarter loss to $254 million in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
NEWS
By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | June 6, 2006
A Maryland State Police cruiser attempting a U-turn on Interstate 97 was struck by a Land Rover Discovery shortly after 8:30 a.m. yesterday, snarling morning rush-hour traffic on the highway and other roads in the Glen Burnie area. Trooper Quinn Dobbins, 24, was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was treated for cuts and bruises and released, said state police Sgt. Russell Newell. The driver of the Land Rover, Dawn Robinson, 44, of Glen Burnie was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | January 20, 2008
A third suspect might have been involved in a double homicide in Brooklyn Park, a crime that left a homicide witness dead and set free a man charged with murder. Though Anne Arundel County police announced charges in November against two men in the Aug. 28 deaths of Dequincey Antonio Smith, 24, and Dontay Lamont Williams, 21, court records indicate that a third person was in the getaway car. Shawn Lamont Weaver is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder and is being held in the Baltimore city jail in an unrelated incident.
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By Lissa Rotundo | November 24, 2000
RECENTLY, my teen-age son saw a Honda Civic that had just been hit by a Chevrolet Suburban. The Civic had been traveling on the straightaway and the Suburban had come out from a side street and hit the back of the smaller car, sending it hurtling across a nearby field like a corkscrew. He said it was obvious that the "jaws of life" used by rescue workers had been necessary to extract the Honda's driver and that when he looked at the interior of the car, it was splattered with blood. "You know," he said, "the really sick thing is that the driver of the Suburban probably went home and bragged to everyone that his SUV had barely a dent."
BUSINESS
By DETROIT FREE PRESS | January 12, 2006
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. again is facing the threat of a boycott of its vehicles in the United States. The American Family Association, along with 41 other organizations nationwide, sent a letter to Chairman William Clay Ford Jr., yesterday giving the automaker an ultimatum to stop supporting homosexual groups and pull its ads from gay publications or risk a boycott of Ford products by the conservative Christian group. "We strongly suggest that Ford remove itself from involvement in the cultural war and apply its resources to building the best product possible," AFA Chairman Donald E. Wildmon said in the letter, which was sent Tuesday.
BUSINESS
By ANDREA K. WALKER and ANDREA K. WALKER,SUN REPORTER | December 9, 2005
Ford Motor Co.'s decision this week to stop some advertising in gay publications doesn't necessarily signal a retreat by corporate America from marketing to this demographic because many of these companies have a lot more to lose by not doing so, advertising experts said. "We're at the most comfortable place we've ever been in terms of gay advertising," said Michael Wilke, executive director of Commercial Closet Association, a nonprofit that educates corporations on how to avoid stereotypes in gay advertising.
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