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Created: May 09, 2001
Sometimes in the MG world, it is possible to turn the clock back and inevitably any such exercise centres on Abingdon. For, despite the famous factory having closed way back in 1981, much of it still exists.
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Created: February 26, 2001
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Created: February 14, 2001
MG Rover will finalize the development strategy for its new lower-medium car by the middle of the year.
Created: January 04, 2001
This is what happens when you let designers off the leash! BMW has encouraged stylists on the new MINI project to let their pens run wild – and the results are so exciting they'll be considered for production
No Go For A Rover Mini
Created: November 08, 2000
MG Rover has ruled out building a new small car for at least five years. The firm's chief stylist, Peter Stevens, exclusively revealed his idea of what a replacement for the Mini should look like on the website two weeks ago. The high-roofed, bulbous-looking city runner he penned was a world away from the version of the original cult car that BMW will sell in Britain from next summer.
Created: October 24, 2000
The non-executive directors' uprising at MG Rover will explode this week when three board members unveil a plan to break up the group and attempt to take the famous MG marque away from John Towers, the group's chairman.
Created: October 11, 2000
Mini enthusiasts have reacted with anger to news that 70 per cent of the new model will come from abroad. As production of the old Mini ends after 41 years, we can reveal that its replacement is to be a hotpotch of parts made in SIX different countries.
Created: October 06, 2000
The last ever original Minis came off the production line at the MG Rover plant in Longbridge, Birmingham on October 4, 2000. The Classic Mini, originally designed on a napkin by engineer Alec Issigonis, notched up worldwide sales of 5.39 million cars and became the car of the stars in the 1960's. Here is a collection of pictures of the event that marked this momentous occasion.
BMW Reveals Mini Family
Created: October 06, 2000
The newly born Mini is set to expand into a family of models, including a cabriolet, an estate and even a pick-up. BMW, which retained ownership of the brand in the wake of the Rover crisis, is giving visitors to the Paris Motor Show a preview of how the new models could look by showing a computer-generated film of each of them.
Created: October 05, 2000
The Mini, a boxy pup of a car that wowed the Beatles and came to symbolize the swinging '60s, entered automotive history when the last of its 41-year pedigree -- No. 5,387,862 -- rolled off the production line Wednesday. Conceived as a thrifty "people's car" during a 1950s fuel crisis, the 10-foot-long Mini earned the devotion of legions of British baby boomers eager to flaunt their individuality.
Created: October 04, 2000
After 41 years of continuous production and more than five million cars built, the classic Mini has come to the end of the road. Production of the compact car finished on Wednesday at the MG Rover Group factory in Longbridge, Birmingham. There have been nearly 140 different models of the car since it was first introduced in 1959, as an economy vehicle in the wake of the Suez oil crisis.
Created: October 04, 2000
Sixties icon Lulu today drove the 5,387,862nd and final classic Mini off the production line, bringing to an end a milestone in British motoring history. After 41 years of continuous production, manufacturing of the car that symbolised the Swinging Sixties ended at the MG Rover Group plant at Longbridge, Birmingham.
Created: October 04, 2000
The last of the classic Minis will roll off the Rover assembly line at Longbridge near Birmingham, England today (October 4) after 41 years in production. But it doesn't hold the record for the longest UK assembly run. That title is likely to be retained by Morgan,
Created: October 04, 2000
Today MG Rover Group will build the last Classic Mini at its Longbridge factory, in Birmingham. The event marks the transition from an era that produced this great British icon, into the new millennium with the first Longbridge-built Rover 75,as transfer of the assembly operation from Oxford is completed.
Created: October 04, 2000
It was a classless icon of the swinging sixties that became one of the world's favourite little cars. The last classic Mini rolled off the production line at MG Rover Group's Longbridge factory at Birmingham in central England on Wednesday after notching up worldwide sales of 5.39 million over the past 41 years.
Created: October 04, 2000
More than 40 years of classic motoring history have ended today with the last Rover-built Mini coming off the production line.Over five million cars have been sold since the first £496 cars was sold in 1959, and there have been more than 130 different models.
Created: September 19, 2000
It has perhaps taken a little longer for the new Mini to make its appearance than most people expected. However, when you are replacing a motoring legend then you are perhaps permitted to take it slowly. Quite how it will be perceived when it eventually arrives on our roads is another matter entirely.
New MGs Caught On Film
Created: September 15, 2000
Rover will roar back into showrooms next year with a range of sporty MG saloons – and Auto Express has an exclusive sneak preview of what they'll offer. Detail shots were revealed to a top-secret gathering of staff, dealers and suppliers at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham.
Created: September 14, 2000
The new BMW reincarnation of the British Mini motoring icon which will debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September may not be British for very long. Reports are circulating that the New Mini will have as much as 70% of its components sourced from outside the UK. Its engine is being sourced from a BMW and DaimlerChrysler joint venture in Brazil.
Created: September 11, 2000
Production of the Longbridge Mini will cease on October 4, after 41 years continuous build, it has been announced. The last classic Mini will be built at Longbridge on Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at approximately 10.30am, with a cumulative total of 5,387,862 built.
Created: September 11, 2000
THE ROVER Group has decided on a new name for itself. MG Rover Group Limited is the new name to be introduced progressively over the next month, says the Birmingham company. Commenting on the decision, Kevin Howe, chief executive, said: "Given that we are establishing a new company,
Created: August 30, 2000
For the first time since the Frankfurt preview in 1997, BMW has shown new Mini to the UK press. This was on 29 August at Camden in London and the car on display was a black Cooper with white roof.
Created: August 25, 2000
MG returns to the Le Mans 24 hour race next year for the first time since 1965 when British racing supremo Paddy Hopkirk's MGB took second place in his class. The new management of Britain's Rover Group, paid by Germany's BMW in May to take Rover, MG and other historic but lossmaking British car brands off its hands, also trumpeted a recovery in sales,
Created: August 22, 2000
University Motors Ltd of Ada, Michigan, one of two Heritage Approved Workshops in the United States, has announced the dates for the Year 2000 Trade Conference. An invitation is extended to all those in the MG parts and service community to share business and technical information in a two day conference.
Created: August 18, 2000
Jon Moulton, managing partner of Alchemy Partners, who narrowly lost the opportunity to take over the UK's Rover Cars Group from BMW earlier this year, has warned that the company will be facing a new financial crisis by next March at the latest.
Created: August 15, 2000
BMW is set to signal a tough new battle for buyers - by pitching the price of the new Mini at around £10,000. The new car, which was originally going to be built at Longbridge, had been rumoured to cost around £14,000 when BMW puts it on sale in September next year.
Created: August 09, 2000
FROM next year all Rover dealers will be adding the MG franchise to their operations. The MG franchise network of around 120 dealerships will grow to around 300 as a consequence. James Daulton, Rover and MG franchise manager said:
Created: August 09, 2000
JUST a month to go before production of the Mini ceases and sales are still climbing. Year-to-date figures show a 25% increase on last year. John Sanders, group marketing director, said: "Mini has been at the centre of small car culture for forty years and the car is a recognised icon of design and engineering, loved by generations of fans the world over."
Created: August 09, 2000
The car the world has been waiting for is less than eight weeks away – and the great news is it will only cost £10,000. BMW has said the wraps will come off the new Mini at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. But more excitingly, a source at the German firm has told Auto Express prices will kick off at £10,000 – around the same as the outgoing classic Rover-owned car.
Created: August 03, 2000
Ford's eagerly anticipated involvement in the future of Mini Classic appears to have been curtailed. Last month it was confirmed by Ford Premier Automotive Group, BMW and British Motor Heritage that Ford would be taking over future production of the Classic shell at BMH Witney. Now it seems Ford's interest is more limited than that.
Created: July 27, 2000
With all of the back and forth over the new BMW sale of Rover Group not much has been said till now about the future of the Heritage Motor Centre and its world famous collection of vehicles and archives. According to "Classic & Sports Car" magazine, in its May issue, Ford will be the new nominal custodian of the British Motor Industry Heritage Centre.
Created: July 27, 2000
One of Britain's most legendary motoring marques could be brought out of mothballs in a bid to revitalise Rover. Austin, fondly remembered by few for Seventies models such as the Maestro, Allegro and Princess, is being tipped by industry insiders as the name the company will choose for a new supermini.
Created: July 27, 2000
Pre War (II) vintage race cars never go out of style! Some of the most avid vintage racers drive Bugattis, Maseratis, Alfas, Talbots, MGs, Lagondas, Bentleys, Fords, Millers, and other "vertical", very historic sports and race cars. Several vintage racing events have become traditional, large gatherings. The VARA British Extravaganza
Created: July 26, 2000
Traditional Mini repair and accessory shops in Britain are under siege from German giant BMW. The maker, which retained the rights to the marque's name after selling Rover to Phoenix, is threatening firms using the word Mini in their company title with legal action.
Created: July 26, 2000
The VSCDA Brian Redman International Challenge, July 21-23, at Road America attracted another large, stellar field of almost 450 vintage and historic racers. Featured was a Can-Am Thunder race topped by, whatelse,
Created: July 25, 2000
The Midget and Sprite Club Archivist, Terry Horler, is compiling a comprehensive International Midget & Sprite Register - do your bit now! All information will be added to the register, it will not go to any third party outside the Midget & Sprite Club.
Created: July 24, 2000
"By using the word Mini to market and sell your products and business, members of the public will be confused into believing that your good services are in some way connected or authorised by BMW when this is not the case. This constitutes passing off and is actionable."
Created: July 24, 2000
There could also be a rival to BMW's Mini. Peter Stevens, designer of the F1 McLaren supercar, has been recruited to design the sports car and to oversee the design of all Rover's future models. The new models will be dependent on an alliance with a large manufacturer, whose resources will be needed to build a new platform.
Created: July 17, 2000
THE new owner of Rover is drawing up ambitious plans to introduce three new models, including a rival to BMW's new Mini, to the ailing car marque within four years. BMW retained the right to produce the new Mini when it sold Rover to the Phoenix consortium in May.
Created: July 14, 2000
BMW has confirmed that the long-awaited new Mini range will include a high performance Cooper version. John Cooper, whose name has graced a succession of hot Minis over the years, believes that the Cooper name is central to the Mini brand.
Created: July 06, 2000
Ford has bought the Gaydon Museum (BMIHT and BMIHC) and Research Centre Complex. BMW will keep British Motor Heritage including the Witney site. This means that, for now, once the Longbridge assembly line closes down, BMW will be in charge of producing original Mini bodyshells.
Created: July 03, 2000
When the 75 is installed at Longbridge, the 25, 45 and MG will come off the same production line. Rover denies it is planning to halt production of the 45, but under the new system it could reduce the numbers produced while maintaining overall output on the line.
Created: July 03, 2000
ROVER has confirmed that the green light has not been given to a supercharged MG. It has, however, confirmed it is on the cards. The race-derived 150-mph car is one of a number or products being considered by Kevin Howe to enhance the brand.
Created: June 28, 2000
VARAC's Annual Vintage Festival at Mosport Raceway in Canada June 30-July 2 always attracts the largest vintage auto racing field of any Canadian vintage race. This is the 21st annual Festival, the public is invited.
Created: June 28, 2000
He is a highly respected engineer throughout the industry and I am sure his experience in working with some of the most prestigious motoring brands will provide the basis for a great future range of Rover and MG cars."
Created: June 22, 2000
BMOC annual club show held at Aston Hall & Park in Birmingham, Show features Full Concours, Club Stands, Auto Jumble, Kids Games etc. All for just £1.00 entry Mini car Drivers And Passengers. Gates Open 10:00 am
Created: June 14, 2000
Phoenix bosses are committed to expanding on the success and values of the MG brand. It will be positioned as a builder of sports cars first and foremost, but the name will be used for hot Rovers. Meanwhile, Rover has announced price cuts of around 10 per cent on all cars, including the MG and Mini.
Created: June 12, 2000
The artist has offered a Mini emblazoned with his trademark multi-coloured spots to the London-based gallery for its 30th anniversary celebrations later this month. Visitors to the auction, which aims to raise money for the United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group,
Created: June 07, 2000
JOHN TOWERS has cut the price of Rover cars by 10 per cent in an effort to re-position the brand less than a month after his Phoenix consortium bought the car company from BMW for a nominal £10. The price cuts, which extend to Mini and MG cars, will initially be for June only, although the campaign is likely to last indefinitely.
Created: June 01, 2000
Range Rover changed the face of off-road motoring, bringing unheard of luxury to the four-wheel drive market. It spawned a whole industry in luxury off-road products, of which today's Range Rover is still the King. This celebration is happening exactly 30 years to the date of the original launch and will be a fine tribute to this classic vehicle.
Created: May 31, 2000
The DeLorean Motor Co., which collapsed more than 17 years ago amid charges of money laundering, is about to end its bankruptcy proceedings, and creditors may get 100 percent of what they are owed, the company's trustee said Tuesday.
Created: May 29, 2000
With the image of the Rover brand somewhat tarnished, the Phoenix Consortium is moving quickly after buying the group from BMW to develop a new model range that will carry the MG brand.
Created: May 26, 2000
Rover Cars, the U.K. automaker acquired by the Phoenix Consortium from BMW, wants to introduce a new line of MG-brand cars within two years, Co-Chief Executive Nick Stephenson said.
Created: May 25, 2000
The British Motor Industry Heritage Centre at Gaydon has been bought by a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. This includes current the Mini production line, although the life of the classic car is unlikely to be extended, and will end as planned in September 2000.
Created: May 25, 2000
Four eastern European countries are competing to attract a new BMW AG plant in which it will build a new small car [new Mini] in the wake of the sale of its Rover unit, BMW said on Thursday.
Created: May 25, 2000
Having now got rid of its loss-making Land Rover and Rover Cars subsidiaries in the UK, BMW's share price has strengthened in Germany and analysts regard the company as less vulnerable to a take-over bid. Milberg predicted that BMW would "grow profitably with the launch of a small BMW, the X family and with products under the Mini brand".
Created: May 24, 2000
The new owners of British carmaker Rover named a former Rover manager, Kevin Howe, as the loss-making outfit's new chief executive on Wednesday. The Phoenix consortium, which bought Rover's main Longbridge plant from Germany's BMW this month for a token 10 pounds ($14.75), said Howe would take up the post on June 1.
Created: May 24, 2000
German car maker BMW AG completed the pull-out from its loss-making British Rover subsidiary on Wednesday, selling Land Rover to Ford Motor Co and sweetening the deal by agreeing to take on the unit's debt.
Created: May 23, 2000
Plans envisaged a coupe version of the top of the range Rover 75 saloon, as well as a new engine purchase deal with former parent BMW AG and new production targets. Plans also included a new small car.
Created: May 22, 2000
Powertrain is a natural purchase for Phoenix, which needs the engines and transmissions for the cars it will make at Longbridge. Towers is also believed to have asked Bowes to mastermind a new sporting range of special-edition cars combining the Lola brand with Rover's MG marque. The Lola brand would be applied to limitededition MG sports cars and an MG-branded Le Mans car.
Created: May 22, 2000
The world's No. 2 automaker in March signed a memorandum of understanding to buy the Birmingham, England-based Land Rover, part of the struggling Rover group, from Germany's BMW for 3 billion euros.
Created: May 18, 2000
ROVER has pulled-out of the British International Motor Show in Birmingham, Autowired learned this morning. The cost-cutting move will save the company, now led by John Towers, millions of pounds of expenditure as the company battles to reverse losses.
Created: May 18, 2000
ROVER has re-introduced Friday working at Longbridge, which was stopped earlier this year by former owners BMW. The decision is a further boost to employees and will add more confidence to the dealer network.
Created: May 17, 2000
Rover's new boss is planning to cut prices in a bid to boost sales. The news came on the day that a report revealed one in five internet users is trying to buy a car on-line in protest at Britain's rip-off prices. According to newspaper reports, Phoenix boss John Towers wants to slash prices permanently for Rovers by up to 12 per cent.
Created: May 16, 2000
Fair enough, but MG was, and remains, a very marketable brand, especially in the US; in 1980, it desperately needed investment and dynamic management... as it does now. The closure of the Abingdon MG factory was chiefly a sacrificial warning
Created: May 16, 2000
He expects the newly planned sporty Mini car would become a collectors item and that the top end of the product line would be rounded off with a new model from BMW's Rolls Royce subsidiary.
Created: May 15, 2000
Nor did Towers gain rights to the brands he wanted. Triumph, a favourite of many in the Phoenix consortium, and Riley remain in Munich's hands. Phoenix has, however, acquired marques such as Austin-Healey, Wolseley and MG and will use them if it decides that Rover is a brand beyond repair.
Created: May 15, 2000
Officials of the consortium and Honda had met last week to discuss the deal, under which it said Honda would provide technological and design expertise in return for equity. "Despite Honda's denials, we have been in secret talks with them," it quoted the source as saying.
Created: May 12, 2000
Phoenix intends to have new sports cars and sports saloons on the road within a year. Towers believes it is possible to develop smaller volume cars using existing platforms for a fraction of what larger companies spend on development.
Created: May 12, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Thursday it expected to seal an agreement to sell its Land Rover operations to Ford soon, possibly in the coming days.
Created: May 11, 2000
Phoenix will also make the Rover 25, 45, and MGF sports car. It will also make the Mini, but only until BMW starts building a new model at Cowley next year. Legendary Mini looks like surviving under the new management. Production will switch to Longbridge.
Created: May 11, 2000
Germany's Volkswagen is also known to be interested in what is going on at Rover and is believed to have evaluated the possibility of having some small car assembly carried out under contract at Longbridge.
Created: May 11, 2000
Phoenix is also eyeing other carmakers to help finance the cost of developing a new set of small and medium sized cars when the Rover 25 and 45 need to be replaced around 2003. The Rover 75, which it will also produce along with the Mini, is a new car which is expected to live another seven or eight years.
Created: May 10, 2000
Longbridge will now make the Rover 25, 45, 75, a new estate version of the 75 and the MGF. The company plans to build 200,000 cars a year, compared with Rover's output last year of 226,000. Production of the 75 is being transferred from BMW's Cowley plant in Oxford, which will still build the new Mini.
Created: May 10, 2000
It was evident from yesterday's press conference that changes of a serious nature will be made at Longbridge. Towers promised to strip out a lot of the 'overhead' and change the style and culture of the business.
Created: May 10, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium, which has agreed to take over loss-making carmaker Rover, said on Tuesday it would maintain production at Rover's main assembly line at around 200,000 cars a year.
Created: May 10, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium began the daunting task of restoring Rover to profitability on Wednesday, a day after securing the carmaker's immediate future by buying it from BMW for a symbolic 10 pounds.
Created: May 09, 2000
German luxury carmaker BMW AG handed over its Rover unit to Britain's Phoenix consortium on Tuesday, securing its exit from the loss-making business and saving the UK's biggest car plant from closure.
Created: May 09, 2000
The leader of a consortium that has agreed to acquire UK carmaker Rover said on Tuesday that just under 1,000 jobs would be lost from the firm's main plant. He also said he would be looking to link up with a major carmaker and named Japan's Honda <7267.T> as a possible partner.
Created: May 09, 2000
BMW has signed a contract for the sale of Rover to the Phoenix consortium for a 'symbolic' £10. The move means that Phoenix will take responsibility for the development, production and distribution of Rover cars.
Created: May 08, 2000
German car maker BMW AG will keep Rover as a brand, offering it under licence to any bidder that acquires its loss-making subsidiary Rover Cars and the Longbridge plant,
Created: May 08, 2000
Burdale Financial Ltd, a unit of U.S. bank First Union Corp , said on Monday it had offered 200 million pounds ($306 million) to Phoenix's bid for Rover, boosting the British consortium's chances of taking over BMW's ailing subsidiary.
Created: May 08, 2000
A British consortium seeking to take over BMW's struggling Rover car business has yet to provide assurances that it can provide sufficient financial backing, BMW said Friday. Talks are continuing.
Created: May 08, 2000
BMW is in exclusive negotiations with Phoenix over the sale of Rover, but has warned that it will shut down operations unless a buyer is found by the end of the month.
Created: May 05, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium has not made a formal request for state aid to back its bid for BMW's loss-making unit Rover, a government spokesman said on Friday.
Created: May 05, 2000
STEPHEN BYERS, the Trade and Industry Secretary, will today hold talks with John Towers, the former Rover chief executive who is leading the Phoenix bid for Rover.
Created: May 04, 2000
JOHN TOWERS, the former Rover chief executive leading the Phoenix bid for the car company, went to the Longbridge plant yesterday for the first time since he quit the company four years ago.
Created: May 04, 2000
Negotiations by the Phoenix consortium to take over Rover Cars from BMW are continuing in Munich today, but there are still no firm indications of how the British consortium intends to raise the necessary funds to make Rover viable.
Created: May 04, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium began poring over Rover Cars' financial details on Wednesday, amid the strongest signs yet that BMW AG would be willing to part with its loss-making unit to the group rather than shut it down.
Created: May 03, 2000
The Mini Clan will be organising a London to Brighton Run equivalent here in Scotland. Through the centre of Edinburgh, under the gaze of Edinburgh Castle, before crossing the river Forth, with it's magnificent bridges, en-route to the beautiful Kingdom of Fife where country highways and byways will speed you to St. Andrews, the Home of Golf, where a beachside show'n'shine and 'Mini' Highland Games will supplement all that St. Andrews has to offer.
Created: May 03, 2000
JOHN Towers said his Phoenix consortium had held "detailed and positive" talks at the London offices of BMW's solicitors, yesterday aimed at securing the future of Rover and that things were 'moving in the right direction'. Mr Towers said relatively few items had been identified for the two teams to work on in the next few days.
Created: May 03, 2000
The consortium's leader, former Rover chief executive John Towers, said after negotiations in London that the two sides had identified a few core issues to thrash out this week.
Created: May 03, 2000
A bid by Britain's Phoenix group to buy carmaker Rover from BMW is being thwarted by British banks' refusal to grant a 200 million pound ($312 million) overdraft, the Guardian newspaper said on Wednesday.
Created: May 03, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium was refining its plans for UK carmaker Rover on Wednesday, one day after holding its first talks with Germany's BMW AG , a Phoenix spokesman said.
Created: May 02, 2000
THE Phoenix consortium said it had received a detailed sale and purchase agreement for the loss-making Rover car factory from Germany's BMW AG and was carefully looking it over.
Created: May 02, 2000
THIS morning's Daily Telegraph is reporting that five un-named City institutions are to provide £200m backing for the Phoenix bid for Rover led by John Towers. And Tony Blair, last night, pledged to work 'night and day' to help save Rover jobs but indicated he was not prepared to bail-out the company with finance.
Created: May 02, 2000
British investment firm Alchemy Partners could reopen talks with German carmaker BMW AG over the future of Rover cars under certain conditions, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Created: May 02, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium voiced confidence on Tuesday that it could avert the closure of loss-making carmaker Rover and make Germany's BMW an offer it could not refuse.
Created: May 01, 2000
Phoenix, which was contacted no less than four times by BMW on Friday, has been guaranteed £500m from an American bank and is understood to have signed up Honda and Volkswagen to provide platforms for its planned operation at Longbridge. Ford is also understood to have shown interest.
Created: May 01, 2000
Britain's government faced pressure from unions on Monday to fund a consortium's bid to buy car maker Rover from Germany's BMW AG ahead of talks this week to avert closure of Rover's loss-making plant.
Created: May 01, 2000
The Phoenix Consortium, a U.K. group interested in buying Rover Cars from Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, said the German automaker has provided it for the first time with Rover's financial accounts.
Created: April 28, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Friday that the UK Phoenix consortium had become the sole bidder for its loss-making British Rover subsidiary after a rival front runner pulled out of eleventh-hour takeover talks.
Created: April 28, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Friday that it would step up talks about the sale of its loss-making UK Rover subsidiary with the Phoenix consortium after a rival bidder pulled out of talks.
Created: April 28, 2000
British investment firm Alchemy Partners pulled out of talks to buy loss-making UK carmaker Rover from Germany's BMW on Friday, just a day after a deal appeared imminent. "Alchemy Partners and BMW have ceased negotiations as they were unable to agree upon certain contractual matters, some of which arose yesterday," an Alchemy spokesman said.
Created: April 25, 2000
According to a BMW executive, Ford would buy BMW and Rolls-Royce, then sell Rolls to VW, which already owns Bentley. But Ford and VW both want the Mini. John Towers is said to want to purchase another British brand such as Triumph or Austin Healey from BMW.
Created: April 25, 2000
Leaders of Britain's automotive unions will be meeting in Munich with BMW's management this week to try to persuade the company to allow more time for the Phoenix Project consortium to raise the funds to bid for Rover Cars.
Created: April 25, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it could wrap up the sale of its loss-making British Rover subsidiary to venture capital group Alchemy this week, leaving a rival bid from the Phoenix consortium out in the cold.
Created: April 25, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it wanted clarification from UK consortium Phoenix about financial support for its bid to win a race against venture capital group Alchemy to acquire its Rover subsidiary.
Created: April 24, 2000
STEPHEN BYERS, the Trade and Industry Secretary, will tomorrow urge BMW to halt the sale of Rover to the venture capital group Alchemy Partners in order to give a rival bid more time to get its financing complete.
Created: April 24, 2000
A bid by the former boss of troubled British carmaker Rover to snatch the company from the jaws of venture capital firm Alchemy Partners looks set to fail, British Sunday newspapers said.
Created: April 23, 2000
ALCHEMY, the venture-capital group, looks set to secure Rover this week after its rival, the Phoenix consortium, failed to strike a deal to take over the ailing car maker in a secret meeting with BMW last week.
Created: April 21, 2000
BMW executives yesterday met members of the Towers consortium to clarify details of its rival bid for Rover. The move came as unions prepare for a last-ditch visit to Munich next week to press BMW to drop the bid by the venture capital group, Alchemy Partners, in favour of John Towers, who plans high volume car production.
Created: April 20, 2000
Sales of new Rover cars have shot through the roof since news broke of the BMW sale. Dealers across Britain have revealed showroom traffic is at its busiest for months, and some are even reporting record sales.
Created: April 20, 2000
The sale of British carmaker Rover by Germany's BMW AG will lead to the loss of up to 19,000 jobs, causing a "major shock" in England's West Midlands region, newspapers on Thursday quoted a government study as saying.
Created: April 20, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Thursday it will retain 2,000 of the 8,500 workers it employs at its UK Rover subsidiary's Longbridge plant after selling off the loss-making division.
Created: April 19, 2000
PRESSURE was mounting on BMW last night to open full talks with the rival bidder for Rover as it emerged that the Towers plan could ensure production of up to 250,000 cars a year - compared with the 226,000 it made last year.
Created: April 19, 2000
FOLLOWING Jon Moulton's demand for equal treatment from the government for his bid for Rover as that offered to John Tower's bid, the DTI confirmed yesterday that Alchemy would receive a grant.
Created: April 18, 2000
ALCHEMY PARTNERS, the venture capital firm, is set to forge an alliance with Group Lotus, the sports car manufacturer, to bolster its bid to buy Rover from BMW. Lotus Engineering, a division of Lotus Cars, is considering a proposal to develop the new MG sports cars Alchemy intends to produce if it succeeds in buying Rover.
Created: April 18, 2000
The main thrust of the Alchemy Partners' business plan for Rover, released last evening, further highlights its persistence with sports cars. It is hoping to team-up with Lotus and drive hard for the US market which it says offers significant sales possibilities.
Created: April 17, 2000
JOHN TOWERS, the former Rover boss, who tabled his bid for the ailing British car group to BMW on Friday, claims his consortium would retain two-thirds of the Rover workforce at Longbridge.
Created: April 17, 2000
This could be a decisive week for the UK's Rover Group, with more details emerging of how BMW is reacting to a strong counter-bid for the company, and Alchemy Partners revealing its detailed plans for new models and distribution.
Created: April 17, 2000
Rejuvenated motoring marque Jensen could stand to benefit from the demise of Rover after owners of the British sports car stated an interest in using some of the now spare capacity at Longbridge.
Created: April 17, 2000
Alchemy Partners will ask the UK government on Monday for money to back its bid to buy Rover from BMW , the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.
Created: April 14, 2000
German carmaker BMW AG received a rival bid for loss-making British subsidiary Rover on Friday, days before a London investment firm was due to drive away with the business.
Created: April 14, 2000
The latest is that Rolls-Royces could be made in Longbridge after the Rover factory has been turned into an operation dedicated to the production of Double-Rs.
Created: April 12, 2000
JOHN TOWERS, the former Rover chief executive who is plotting to buy the carmaker, wants to take the Cowley plant as well as the Longbridge operation, it has emerged. Mr Towers has told BMW that he wants to keep together the group in full, minus the Land Rover operation, which is going to Ford. Sources close to the bid, which is expected to be launched in the next few days, suggest that he is looking to offer about £800 million, though he still needs to seal some final financial backing.
Created: April 12, 2000
Former Rover Chief Executive John Towers, who is expected to make an offer for the British-based carmaker this week, wants BMW's Cowley plant as well as its Longbridge operation, the Times reported on Wednesday. It said Towers had told BMW that he wanted to keep the group in full apart from the Land Rover operation which was being sold to Ford .
Created: April 11, 2000
Former Rover Chief Executive John Towers is likely to present a formal counter-offer for BMW's struggling UK subsidiary by the end of the week, a senior union official said on Tuesday. Towers has been in talks with the German luxury carmaker over the last week in an attempt to thwart the controversial sale of Rover to British venture capital firm Alchemy.
Created: April 10, 2000
A REPORT in yesterday's Sunday Times that the Quandt family plans to sell its 48% stake in BMW has been dismissed as "absolute rubbish". Industry sources said it could not be ruled out that the rumour had been spread by Ford in the US, cited by the Sunday Times as being in talks with the Quandts along with Europe's biggest car maker Volkswagen.
Created: April 10, 2000
Mr Towers wants to build the new Mini at Longbridge and have the rights to produce the R30, which BMW designed as the new Rover mid-market car. BMW was led at yesterday's meeting by Werner Samann, the head of the company in the UK. BMW wants to keep the new Mini in its retained operations at Cowley.
Created: April 09, 2000
THE Quandt family is preparing to sell BMW and will seek a price of at least £20 billion for the company, say motor-industry insiders. They believe Ford and Volkswagen are likely to compete to buy the Munich-based business. However, one BMW executive has told The Sunday Times that he believes Ford is negotiating with VW to divide up the BMW group marques - with Ford buying BMW and VW taking Rolls-Royce. Both companies are believed to want Mini. The BMW executive said Ford could make the Mini at Dagenham, thereby saving the apparently doomed body and assembly plant at the east London site.
Created: April 07, 2000
BMW last night said it would consider the bid for Rover being put together by a former chief executive. John Towers met Werner Samann, the head of BMW in the UK, yesterday. Details of his bid, which is believed to have sound financial backing, will be made public next week. Mr Towers has already discussed his plans with Stephen Byers, the Trade and Industry Secretary. The Department of Trade and Industry said it will consider "appropriate assistance" when a bid is tabled.
Created: April 06, 2000
German car maker BMW AG has been approached by another potential bidder for Rover, the troubled British car unit which it is selling to venture capital firm Alchemy Partners, industry sources said on Thursday.
Created: April 06, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Thursday it would still consider a ``serious'' rival offer for its UK Rover unit after a report that the British government was backing a challenge to a bid by venture capital group Alchemy.
Created: April 06, 2000
A new consortium planning to bid for BMW AG's troubled Rover unit has won backing from the British government and is expected to present a formal proposal to the German owners shortly, the Guardian reported on Thursday.
Created: April 05, 2000
German luxury carmaker BMW AG has seen its carefully constructed long-term strategy crash in flames, it has stumbled into a public relations disaster in its biggest export market in Europe, and investors are beside themselves with admiration. BMW has quickly shaken off huge negatives and transformed its outlook after breaking with Rover.
Created: April 05, 2000
The UK's car buyers are to blame for the Rover crisis, the chairman of BMW has claimed. Professor Joachim Milberg risked further outrage by accusing Brits of abandoning the firm. "Ultimately it's UK customers who, by purchasing Rovers, can secure jobs.
Created: April 04, 2000
Around 100,000 people in a column four miles long filed through Birmingham on Saturday to protest against BMW's sale of Rover. Police were forced to close the city centre - and were ordered to leave their BMW motorbikes at home and follow the march on foot.
Created: April 04, 2000
German car giant BMW wants to break up the Rover plant within weeks, union leaders have claimed. And Tories blamed the crisis on Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers. The Transport and General Workers Union reckon the splitting up of Rover could begin next month.
Created: April 04, 2000
A trade union chief has called on James Bond to abandon his German sports car and drive British. The decision by German carmaker BMW to sell off its British Rover business has sparked anger in Britain and prompted calls for a boycott of BMW cars. ``OO7 is an international symbol of British patriotism and it is inconceivable that he can carry on driving round in one of those cars,'' said Sir Ken Jackson of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.
Created: April 04, 2000
Britain's Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers said on Tuesday that notes on his talks with BMW AG executives should bolster his case that he did not know in advance about the company's shock selloff of Rover.
Created: April 03, 2000
BELEAGUERED Rover dealers were today welcoming the press and TV campaign which broke this weekend whilst privately admitting doubts as to whether it was sufficient to bring back buyers. The campaign urges motorists to 'Buy with Confidence' and supports the message with cashback offers, 0% finance deals or Select finance packages with guaranteed residual valuations.
Created: April 03, 2000
BMW has admitted that it tried to off-load Rover to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen before making a deal with Alchemy Partners. None of the four motoring giants was interested in solely buying Rover, saying they would only be tempted if a possibility to acquire a stake in BMW was included in the deal. The revelation came after Werner Samann, chairman of Rover, was giving evidence at a House of Commons select committee.
Created: April 03, 2000
Over 50,000 people marched through Birmingham on Saturday to protest about BMW's sale of beleaguered car maker Rover to investors Alchemy.
Created: April 02, 2000
THE political future of Stephen Byers was thrown into further doubt last night after the chairman of BMW claimed he had warned the trade secretary last year that he might have to sell Rover. In his first interview since the crisis blew up, Joachim Milberg said he told Byers in December that Rover was in "serious trouble" and that a sell-off might have to be considered. He said Byers seemed to take the news calmly and was "unmoved".
Created: March 30, 2000
A big rally by British unions is being planned in Birmingham on Saturday (April 1) to protest BMW's plans to sell Rover unit to the venture capital company Alchemy Partners.
Created: March 30, 2000
THE sale by BMW of Rover to Alchemy, the venture capital firm, could be delayed by up to a month while the German carmaker completes the sale of Land Rover to Ford. Sources close to Alchemy said last night that BMW's £1.85 billion sale of Land Rover to Ford, the American car company, is causing "great difficulties" at BMW, which could lead to the Rover deal dragging on significantly.
Created: March 30, 2000
TONY BLAIR hinted that Stephen Byers's long-term future as Trade Secretary has been damaged by his handling of the Rover crisis. In fierce Commons exchanges yesterday, the Prime Minister said it was not true that Mr Byers had been told of BMW's threat to abandon Rover three months before it happened. But he declined an invitation from William Hague, the Conservative leader, to express his full confidence in Mr Byers, once one of Labour's rising stars.
Created: March 30, 2000
The Cowley factory near Oxford, which makes the Rover 75 and is where BMW plans to start producing its "new Mini" next year, employs 3,500 people. Disposing of Cowley would have cut BMW's 27,000-strong workforce by a further 13pc, on top of the two thirds whose future passes to Ford and Alchemy as part of Rover's break-up.
Created: March 30, 2000
Troubled Rover is launching an ad campaign in a bid to boost flagging sales. The campaign, launched this weekend, aims to assure customers and enhance sales after several months of falling business.
Created: March 30, 2000
Mr Byers authorised officials from his Department of Trade and Industry to go public on the talks six days before the sale of Rover was announced, in an attempt to show that he could not have forseen the decision. He had promised to lay the details before the Trade and Industry Select Committee next week, and his decision to go public earlier was seized on by the Tories as evidence of his nervousness. He won room for manoeuvre when BMW admitted that it had not warned Mr Byers that Rover's future was in jeopardy, despite the firm's earlier insistence that it had.
Created: March 30, 2000
Not so at Rover where, sometime this week, the embattled car company's would-be saviour, Alchemy's Jon Moulton, will meet its agency of just a few months, M&C Saatchi. While it is a statement of the obvious to say that Alchemy has a number of huge and pressing problems to grapple with, advertising and marketing will certainly be high up on the list too.
Created: March 30, 2000
BMW considered selling its loss-making Rover arm for a year before finally deciding to rid itself of the "English patient". The decison was prompted by dwindling February sales and a European Commission inquiry, it emerged at the German car makers' annual results meeting yesterday.
Created: March 30, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it should complete its pullout from loss-making British subsidiary Rover within eight weeks after ploughing nearly $4.5 billion into it over the last six years. BMW said this month's preliminary agreement to transfer Rover Cars to UK venture capital group Alchemy Partners remained the only deal on the table despite hopes in Britain of a rescue by an established car company.
Created: March 30, 2000
BMW has admitted in the fall-out over the Rover affair that it tried to off-load the ailing British car maker to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen before making a deal with Alchemy Partners.
Created: March 30, 2000
It's midafternoon at Britain's largest car manufacturing plant, and a new Rover engine -- probably one of a dying breed -- lies unattended on an assembly line while five brooding workers hover around the radio news.
Created: March 30, 2000
BMW bosses said on Wednesday they did not expect any potential bidders, other than venture capital firm Alchemy, to come forward for Rover. Apparently dashing union calls for the German car giant to work with the British government to find another buyer to keep Rover going as a middle of the range car producer, the chief executive of Rover Group said he would listen to other offers.
Created: March 30, 2000
The company has just reported financial results for 1999 which show a large loss and indications of sales problems with some of its models, and a spate of reliability issues with Land Rovers.
Created: March 29, 2000
BMW, the German carmaker, blames British consumers for the collapse of Rover, claiming that the lack of support from car buyers in its home market was a key reason for the company's decline. Joachim Milberg, the BMW chairman, delivered the stinging attack with BMW's annual results in Munich. He also renewed his attack on the British Government with claims that the high value of sterling made the German company's presence in Britain untenable.
Created: March 28, 2000
Alchemy Partners, Rover’s potential new owners have named the intended Chief Executive set to take over the troubled car manufactures. Chris Woodwark the former boss of Rolls Royce is poised for the position.
Created: March 28, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it plans to complete the sale of its loss-making U.K. Rover Cars subsidiary to British venture capital group Alchemy Partners within the next six to eight weeks.
Created: March 28, 2000
British trade union officials plan to meet BMW AG this week to again lobby the German car maker to rethink its decision to ditch loss-making UK subsidiary Rover.
Created: March 28, 2000
UNION LEADERS, local councils and Rover suppliers will today outline to MPs their fears for the future of the West Midlands in the wake of Rover's sale to Alchemy Partners.
Created: March 28, 2000
It is not a very well known fact, and often kept quiet by the manufacturers, that an engine is often used in more than one application.
Created: March 27, 2000
A ROW has broken out between Chris Woodwark, the newly appointed chief executive of MG Cars, and troubled conglomerate Staveley Industries, which could threaten Alchemy Partners' plans for Rover. Mr Woodwark, who is Staveley's chief executive, has started working part-time for MG Cars, set up by venture capitalists Alchemy to take over what remains of Rover from BMW. Jon Moulton, Alchemy managing partner, said yesterday: "He is already doing bits and bobs for us, and he will do more."
Created: March 27, 2000
A HANDFUL of enterprising Rover car dealers hoisted the Union flag outside their showrooms last week in a bid to capitalise on the jingoism aroused by the crisis at the British motor manufacturer. The dealers were hoping that resentment of BMW, Rover's German owner for the past six years, could result in customers showing loyalty by buying the British-made car. Anecdotal evidence suggests the marketing gimmick had some impact on sales, and a number of big fleet clients have also reaffirmed their commitment to Rover.
Created: March 27, 2000
AT LEAST 50,000 people are expected to join a protest march in Birmingham on Saturday to campaign against BMW's sale of Rover. Some industry experts believe that the number could be as high as 100,000. They claim there is a growing wave of public hostility towards BMW and they say that unless the German carmaker offers a better deal for its British workers, the company will suffer a backlash that will hit sales.
Created: March 27, 2000
Car giant Ford is believed to have made a formal offer to buy BMW for £10 billion, according to reports from insiders working at the German manufacturer.
Created: March 27, 2000
Key BMW AG shareholders the Quandt family rejected as ``absolute nonsense'' a report on Sunday that they planned to sell their stake in the German carmaker in 2001.
Created: March 23, 2000
Ford is being linked in Britain with still unconfirmed reports that there is a secret deal which explains the inexplicable decision by BMW to sell off its ailing Rover Group at a knock-down price to a group of venture capitalists with no experience in the motor industry.
Created: March 23, 2000
British Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers said on Thursday that the Ford Motor Co was in a prime position to take over Rover's research and development centre from German car maker BMW AG.
Created: March 23, 2000
Rover's prospective new owner, Alchemy Partners, named a former boss of Rolls Royce Motor Cars to head the loss-making car maker on Thursday -- but the UK government said there was still time for rival bids.
Created: March 22, 2000
The UK's Retail Motor Industry Federation is making representations on behalf of some 300 car dealers for BMW to pay compensation for the losses the dealers expect to suffer as a result of BMW selling its loss-making Rover subsidiary.
Created: March 22, 2000
The British car is dead. Long live the British car. Rover's demise as a large manufacturer should finally lay the awful ghost of Leyland to rest. But what next? The future could be bright - and a world away from the walnut-and-leather dead end that has dogged home-owned mass-production carmaking.
Created: March 22, 2000
THE last of the original Minis will roll off the Longbridge production line this year, after a tradition lasting more than 40 years. Alchemy Partners, which plans to take over the Longbridge plant, announced yesterday that production of the Mini would cease before the appearance of the version to be produced by BMW at the Cowley plant in Oxford from summer 2001. Jon Moulton, head of Alchemy Partners, said: "We will wind down the production of the old Mini by the autumn and phase it out by the end of the year."
Created: March 22, 2000
JON MOULTON faced the world with a smile yesterday when he was asked how his company Alchemy would turn the base metal of Britain's motor industry into gold. Everyone was fearing a slick City spiv generally spreading gloom in the name of profit. Instead, the balding man who emerged from the modest Covent Garden offices of his venture-capital firm was more than mildly eccentric and took on the baying crowds like one of the best stand-up performers in front of an audience of hecklers.
Created: March 22, 2000
"I thought: 'Why must we suffer this destruction? There must be an alternative to Alchemy. I am looking for people who have the financial backing and motor industry experience. I have talked to several people since Sunday," he told Reuters.
Created: March 22, 2000
BMW shares rose Tuesday on speculation that the German automaker may have sold its Rover holdings to make itself a more attractive takeover candidate. But its controlling shareholder denied BMW was for sale.
Created: March 21, 2000
British millionaire businessman John Hemming said on Tuesday he hoped to put together a consortium to launch an alternative bid for BMW AG's loss-making Rover car unit.
Created: March 20, 2000
Trade unions representing Rover employees voted unanimously on Monday to block the sale of the nation's last home-grown car maker by BMW AG, saying demonstrations, a boycott and strike action were all options.
Created: March 20, 2000
BMW AG's sell off of ailing British carmaker Rover to venture capital group Alchemy Partners, sparked growing anger on Sunday in London and speculation that the German luxury carmaker could itself become a takeover target.
Created: March 20, 2000
Ford is interested in taking over German luxury car maker BMW AG (BMWG.DE), although talks to that end have not taken place at the management board level, Welt am Sonntag said.
Created: March 20, 2000
Ford Motor Company has set up a series of crucial high level management meetings over the next three weeks at which decisions will be taken that will have widespread repercussions throughout the global motor industry.
Created: March 20, 2000
The British motor industry trade unions are starting a series of meetings today (March 20) to discuss strike action aimed at hurting BMW as anger mounts over the German company's decision to sell off most of the Rover group.
Created: March 19, 2000
As Jon Moulton was ushered into the executive suite at BMW's "Four-Cylinder" headquarters near the Olympic stadium in Munich last October, he knew the meeting he was about to attend with Helmut Panke, its chief financial officer, might be a brief one.
Created: March 18, 2000
BMW blamed its decision to sell Rover on Britain's failure to join the single European currency.
Created: March 17, 2000
Workers at the Rover plant in central England, the largest car factory in the country, braced themselves on Friday for heavy job losses as its new owner said it planned to slash production.
Created: March 17, 2000
British Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers said on Friday that Germany's BMW AG would be prepared to entertain other offers for its loss-making Rover business.
Created: March 17, 2000
Rover's new owner said on Friday it would shrink production at the struggling British car maker to less than 100,000 cars a year and cut a large number of jobs as it seeks to return to profitability over the next two years.
Created: March 17, 2000
Rover's ambitious new owner said on Friday that it would halve production at the struggling British carmaker and cut an unspecified large number of jobs as it tries to restore profitability over the next two years.
Created: March 17, 2000
THE long-term future of the Longbridge car plant and its 50,000 associated jobs was uncertain last night after BMW confirmed that it was splitting up its loss-making Rover subsidiary and selling the Birmingham factory to Alchemy, a venture capital firm.
Company is a history of British marques
Created: March 17, 2000
Rover today is the culmination of a long process of mergers and takeovers within the British motor industry since the Second World War. Its history is also the history of the demise of some of Britain's best known car makes: Wolseley, Riley, Austin and Morris.
Created: March 17, 2000
KNOWN as the man who replaced Austin badges with grilles on Rover's products, Kevin Morley, 49, has had something of a glittering career in the motor industry.
Created: March 16, 2000
It has been coming for forty years, ever since the old British Leyland did all its sums wrong on the Mini. The company had a world beating revolutionary car on its hands and, not to put to fine a point on it, they cocked it up in Rolls Royce style.
Created: March 16, 2000
The European Commission on Thursday denied that its determination to probe British subsidies to BMW's Rover subsidiary was a factor in the German carmaker's plan to sell Rover to a venture capital fund.
Created: March 16, 2000
The new company will continue with Rover's current model range of the 25, 45, 75, Old Mini and MGF will provide ongoing service to Rover's customers.
Created: March 16, 2000
As BMW counted the economic cost of Rover and prepared to have it towed away, Britain faced the political cost of 50,000 potential job losses as it gears up for an election.
Created: March 16, 2000
British unions fearfully braced for a decision by German carmaker BMW AG to sell its loss-making Rover to a venture capital firm on Thursday, saying they would bitterly oppose a decision to split up the division.
Created: March 16, 2000
The disposal of Rover to Alchemy will exclude Land Rover and the new Mini, which are to be retained by BMW.
MG: Reviving the brand
Created: March 16, 2000
MG was considered the poor man's Jaguar, a sporty model that was in the reach of the ordinary man.
Created: March 16, 2000
German car maker BMW is to split up its Rover subsidiary and sell the Rover Cars business to UK venture capital firm Alchemy Partners.
Created: March 15, 2000
BMW SHARES in German soared today after signals that the manufacturers was planning to rid itself of loss-making Rover in the UK. Shares soared over 8% to 29.80 euros. No further announcement is expected on the German company's decision about Rover until a press conference on Friday.
Created: March 15, 2000
THE CLEAREST sign yet that BMW no longer has the spirit - and possibly the reserves - to battle with its Rover subsidiary came yesterday. The German owners refused to deny a report in Sud-deutsche Zeitung that it is to sell factories including, Longbridge.
Created: March 15, 2000
Responding to a German media report on Tuesday that BMW Chief Executive Joachim Milberg would inform the firm's supervisory board of management's plan to sell the unit, BMW said that a sale of the car production unit was one possibility among several.
Created: March 15, 2000
U.S. car makers Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. are widely believed by industry experts to be interested in taking over BMW itself.
Created: March 15, 2000
British unions on Wednesday called on managers at BMW AG to ``keep their nerve'' on the German group's loss-making Rover Cars subsidiary, arguing it's sale was not in the interest of Britain or BMW itself.
Created: March 15, 2000
Britain has contacted BMW AG to stress the importance of Rover Group to the UK economy, as the German car giant decides whether to sell off its ailing car unit, a government statement said on Wednesday
Created: March 15, 2000
He added it was hard to see who would want to buy Rover, stripped of its profitable 4x4 business and the Mini, in an industry struggling with chronic overcapacity.
Created: March 15, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday there are parties interested in purchasing activities in its loss-making British subsidiary Rover that may be sold off.
Created: March 15, 2000
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair made a direct appeal to Germany's BMW on Wednesday not to sell its loss-making Rover arm in a bid to safeguard 50,000 British jobs.
Created: March 11, 2000
BMW's loss-making British Rover subsidiary has weighed heavily on the Munich-based carmaker's earnings. BMW expects Rover to break even in 2002.
Created: March 10, 2000
These two recall campaigns for the BMW-owned British brands come at the same time as there are renewed fears that the European Commission will block the British government giving subsidies worth over $222 million to encourage BMW to invest in making Rover's Longbridge plant viable.
Created: March 09, 2000
THE Government was yesterday attempting to head off an EU veto on the £152m aid package for BMW to redevelop the Rover plant at Longbridge.
Created: March 08, 2000
New doubts over a £152 million grant for Rover's troubled Longbridge plant have arisen after European Commissioners questioned whether BMW was ever serious about threatening to move production to Hungary to slash costs.
Created: March 06, 2000
The Munich manufacturer wants sites selling up to 1,500 vehicles a year with the Mini, MG, Rover, Land Rover and BMW marques all on offer under one roof.
Created: March 03, 2000
The UK's Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers meet the European Union Competition Commissioner, Mario Monti, on Thursday to try speed up the investigation into the planned government grant of £151m to BMW towards the development of Rover's Longbridge site in Birmingham.
Created: March 02, 2000
THE FORMER Lucas automotive component factory in Burnley, Lancs
Created: February 19, 2000
Seems that the lower prices for limited edition Minis on the mainland is not the end of the story. Motor manufacturers are pushing up car prices on the continent to stop British buyers from snapping up cheap imports.
Created: September 10, 1999
In response to demand from MGB enthusiasts the world over, British Motor Heritage is now producing aluminium alloy bonnets for this popular MG classic.
Created: August 15, 1998
THE MGB was a delight. I first drove one in 1962 when I worked for The Motor. It was one of the first press test cars, and it had wind-up windows instead of draughty detachable Perspex side-screens like my old MGA.
Farewell to Metroland
Created: January 17, 1998
The entire future of British Leyland rode on the perky tin box with its spacious cabin and luggage-devouring hatchback - even though the organisation installed engines and subframes from the 21-year-old Mini because it was too broke to develop new ones.
The Marina In North America
Created: April 04, 1994
Production of the Morris Marina got under way at Cowley, near Oxford, in 1971 and what was - in effect - the British Leyland Motor Corporation's first new car, was unveiled to the public in April of that year. Its appearances had been eagerly awaited since formation of the corporation in 1968 and what finally emerged after almost three years of deliberation was very much an amalgam of already-dated components from various parts of the Leyland empire (in the main of Morris and Triumph origin.)