Hillman was a British automobile manufacturer that was based in Coventry and was part of the Rootes Group. The company was named after its founder William Hillman.
Initially only as a manufacturer of bicycles, produced from 1907 Hillman Hillman cars were typical of the middle class sedans such as the famous, from 1932 to 1970 Hillman Minx produced and derived flagship Super Minx ( 1961-1966 ). From 1963 to 1976 the Hillman Imp, a small car with rear-wheel drive, in the model range. In 1967, the U.S. group Chrysler took over the economic hard -hinged Rootes Group, which was renamed in 1970 in Chrysler United Kingdom.
1976 Hillman disappeared as a brand and vehicles such as the Hillman Avenger was now offered as a Chrysler Avenger. In 1978, the French PSA Group (Peugeot), the British subsidiary of Chrysler and the name changed again in Talbot Avenger.
Even after the end of the Rootes Group, two former Hillman types remained in production for a long time, namely, the Hillman Avenger in Argentina as VW 1500-1991 (no relation to the eponymous German VW model type 3) and the Hillman Hunter, the ( with other motor) to 2005 in Iran as Paykan 1600 by Iran Khodro Co. was built.
By December 2006, the former chief work of the Rootes Group in Ryton -on- Dunsmore produces the Combi Peugeot 206 SW. After the closure of the PSA plant in late 2006, the area in March 2007 to the land utilization Trenport Investments Ltd was. sold as an industrial site. The demolition of the factory began on November 12, 2007.