[ROVERNET - UK] Rover brand name sold

Drew Egginton drew at pitstop.net.au
Thu Aug 17 04:18:40 BST 2006

Yes, apparently Nanjing will produce a revised MGTF and ZT (possibly 
renamed MG7) in the UK and optimistically MGTF coupes in Oklahoma, USA. 
SAIC (I think I mistakenly wrote Nanjing in the last post) will make 
this new 75 and 25 in China. Interestingly, several previous suppliers 
have put their hands up to help Nanjing with the TF and I've read Lotus 
is assisting with upgrading the K-series engine. You would think 
(despite freshening up) these models would be well past their use-by 
dates by the time they're on the market compared to their competition! 
Many "poorer" countries have a long history of taking over production of 
old UK/European designs. Hindustan anyone?

UK dealer SMC has also been offering some great deals on the last of the 
ZTs & 75s.

Andrew E
Perth, Aust

Gavin.Walker at csiro.au wrote:
> We could end up with the interesting situation of having to versions of
> the same car produced by two independent companies on two independent
> production lines.  Nanjing would produce MG ZTs based on the Longbridge
> plant and SAIC would produce Rover 75s based on the same design but with
> new plant.
> Gavin Walker
> Canberra, Australia
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