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#1 Post by richymon » Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:33 pm

i have just been on the unoficial austin rover story web site.well worh a look.its very sad when u see modles like the 75 coupe & the mgtf coupe that never made it becaues of the end of the company.check out that 75 coupe its ace.have a look at the chinese ron woo 750 as the 75 will joking now be called after ford nicked the rights to the rover name.i hope they have the sence not to try & insult us & sell em over here.as a british car fan im very anti chinese after the end of rover. :(

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#2 Post by Smithy » Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:15 pm

I know it was a shame :( I went down and joined in the protest at the time it went into administration. I am glad I went, it was such a memorable experience.

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#3 Post by Stu » Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:21 pm

There will be two variants of the 75.

The SAIC all Chinese version (not for immediate sale in the UK).

The NAC MG version built in the UK at Longbridge.

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#4 Post by matthewsemple » Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:33 pm

I am pretty sure there are no plans to build the MG ZT at Lonbridge. As far as I have gathered the plans are:

MG ZR, MG ZT - China
MG TF Coupe - USA
MG TF - Longbridge

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#5 Post by Stu » Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:18 am

Better tell the Nanjing press office that they are getting their releases wrong then ;)

The TF is the first to be built at longbridge.

The ZT line is still there and it was commented on a few days ago that it had actually been fired up recently to start testing it.

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#6 Post by matthewsemple » Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:09 am

That is good news then Stu - it means that a family car will still be built there. The problem with just building the TF is that production numbers are too low and it becomes just a niche plant.

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#7 Post by Stu » Sat Nov 11, 2006 11:33 am

Just building the TF would indeed be a waste.

I can't see the smaller cars being made in the UK as there is not the profit margin to do it.

Hopefully the larger and sports models can be where there is that margin.

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#8 Post by matthewsemple » Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:02 pm

Yes the only company that has managed to do this is Nissan. They have used a combination of lower wages, EU subsidies, government tax breaks and incredible efficiency to make the plant in Sunderland profitable. I think each worker produces an average of 99 cars per year. At Longbridge it was about 20.

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#9 Post by richymon » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:08 pm

i have a feeling all the above built at longbridge will be knock down kits sent over on the boat and assembled over here by about 200 men.they will loose there british ness.that 750 is a mess.that is the final insult.rubbing our noses init.a rover by any other name wont be the same. :evil:

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#10 Post by matthewsemple » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:12 pm

I think the interior looks good:

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Funny how they have changed the dash but kept the original steering wheel :?

Although I do agree the changes they made to the front and rear are a bit clumsy.

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#11 Post by richymon » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:22 pm

yes nice.but notice that wheel is on the wrong side of the car.that says it all. :evil:

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#12 Post by matthewsemple » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:24 pm

richymon wrote:yes nice.but notice that wheel is on the wrong side of the car.that says it all. :evil:
Yes, and I always thought the Chinese drove on the same side as us - like the Japansese and most other countries in Asia and Australasia too.

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#13 Post by Long_guts » Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:10 am

nice interior but looks very american dont you think ??

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#14 Post by richymon » Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:20 pm

think thats 1 of the markets they whant to crack & make them there to.arr they are taking over the world.where is dr.who when you need him.he could repell this invation. :D

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