[ROVERNET - UK] Rover brand name sold

Drew Egginton drew at pitstop.net.au
Thu Aug 17 03:03:49 BST 2006

There have been photos of disguised, "facelifted" 75s running around in 
the UK appearing in publications like Autocar in recent months. Rover 
did offer a LWB version of the 75, although who knows how many actually 
were made! But as Nanjing like many Chinese firms want to go global, 
maybe one day we'll see 75s again in Australia.

Andrew E

Peter Huttemeier wrote:
> The final piece fo the Rover/MG jigsaw seems in place.
> There are reports coming out that SAIC has bought the Rover brand from
> BMW:
> BMW, the German car maker which owns the historic brand, is understood
> to have agreed to sell the marque - which features the iconic Viking
> long ship - to Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation for more than
> £11m. The two companies are planning to announce the transaction in
> the next fortnight. Industry sources said any deal could not be
> announced until then because of a previous agreement to give Ford the
> right to pre-empt any sale.
> Full story
> http://tinyurl.com/qcl53
> The "new" 75 being built by SAIC which was to be to be called
> "Lu-sheng" (literal meaning: Road-Splendor) Car with incresed
> wheelbase of 100mm. If the reports are true maybe it will still be
> called Rover?
> Cheers,
> Peter H
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