200/25/MG ZR

The cars : Rover 200/25 and MG ZR

The cars : Rover 200/25 and MG ZR

Developed as a Metro replacement, on a shoestring and using a whole host of carry-over parts, the re-born Rover 200 should have possessed all the appeal of a damp weekend in the Lake District. However, thanks to clever packaging and classy styling, it was really rather good – shame, though, that it was horrendously overpriced […]

Introducing the Fleet : No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Introducing the Fleet : No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Craig Cheetham Sometimes, a car can come along that really surprises you. And that’s the case with my 25 GTi, which I acquired back in April in the knowledge I was about to be made redundant from my old job, and needed something cheap and economical to run around in for a few months after […]

Your Cars : Tony Turner’s Rover 25 GTI

Your Cars : Tony Turner’s Rover 25 GTI

Now you see it… Tony Turner explains how a Rover 25 GTI came into his life. Well, it was all my late wife’s fault – when she was still around, she decided she wanted a more practical long-distance vehicle than our long-serving Morris Minor, and that it would be a Rover 25. Mine not to […]

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Sales Talk : Treading carefully with over-inflated egos

Sales Talk : Treading carefully with over-inflated egos

Mike Humble I used to work for one of the biggest dealer chains in the country, and before it was taken over by another equally huge group, it was a pleasant outfit to work for – providing you pulled your weight. I transferred over to a nearby Vauxhall site eventually, but at first, my role involved selling new […]

Why we love the… Rover 200BRM LE

Why we love the… Rover 200BRM LE

Kevin Davis explains the reasons why the Rover BRM lights his fire. Mention the words Limited Edition and instantly, visions of a poverty spec supermini spring to mind with snazzy wheel trims, an aftermarket sunroof, a silly stripe down the sides and a stupid name (Renault 19 Be Bop springs to mind). Thankfully, the Rover […]

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Tested: Rover Streetwise

Streetwise was conceived to entice younger buyers back behind the wheel of Rover products, and cash in on the boom in leisure-orientated vehicles. Over the last couple of decades, customers had been increasingly looking for cars that not only looked good, but also proved practical and tough in the city. This new breed of car, […]

Tested: Rover 25 1.4iXL

Rover 200 was launched in 1995 to great acclaim; in 1999 it received a comprehensive makeover to become the 25. How did it stand up in 2004’s competitive market? Roger Blaxall finds out… Remember the Fiat 128? A former Car of the Year, the European motoring icon was a fabulous small saloon, typifying Fiat’s approach […]

Tested: Rover Commerce

Rover goes niche finding again. My on-off love affair with the Rover 25 is on again. And surprisingly, my admiration for the model’s been re kindled after driving the ‘Uriah Heep’ of the current range, the Commerce van. Once, Austin and Morris car derived vans were the bread and butter of many a fleet – […]

Tested: MG Express

The idea of a “boy racer” van has been down before, but not by MG Rover or any of its antecedents. The result is the MG Express, and for the moment, it is touted as being the fastest delivery van in the country – and with 160bhp, one can see why! Roger Blaxall tests the […]

Rover 200/25/MG ZR : Picture gallery

Images of the David Saddington-styled Rover 200… Following on from the curvaceous 600, the 200 was a logical progression of this theme. Launched in 1995, the 200 was immediately on the pace of its rivals, but because of the company’s problems, it was not replaced in 2002, as it was scheduled to have been. This […]

MGs for a new millennium: from X to Z

When John Towers‘ Phoenix bid was accepted by BMW, he knew that there would be a long, hard road ahead to restoring the image of the company, so badly eroded by the BMW debacle. Obviously, a major coup for the company was in keeping hold of the valuable MG nameplate, and this was soon celebrated […]

Buying guide : Rover 25/MG ZR

Buying guide : Rover 25/MG ZR

Fancy a Rover 25 or its MG ZR sister? Here’s what to look out for… Words: Mike Humble Availability Years produced: 1999-2005 Body styles: three- and five-door hatchback, three-door van (MG and Rover). Offered as Rover 25, Streetwise, MG ZR Engine options: Petrol: 1.1-1.4 (16v), 1.4 (16v), 1.6 and 1.8 Diesel: 2.0 (turbo) Transmission options: […]

The cars : Rover 200BRM LE

The cars : Rover 200BRM LE

Rover introduced a hot and more exclusive version of the 200Vi – and took the brave decision to market it under the BRM name. Sales weren’t as strong as they might have been, thanks to an ambitious price tag, but as KEVIN DAVIS explains, the ingredients were all there for it to be one of […]

In production : Rover 25

The Rover 25 at various stages of production. Rover 25 “Stuff-up” suspension process – where the rear “H-frame” is mated to the rest of the car. Fitting the doors to the Rover 25; ensuring an accurate fit… Inside the MG Rover quality analysis centre, where not only are its own products evaluated, but those of […]

BMC>MG’s Top Ten sellers : 1952-2005

Keith Adams WITH THE number of BMC/Leyland/Rover cars on our roads diminishing rapidly, we take stock of the successive companies’ ten most popular cars during the post-war years. Some of these numbers are going to shock you, simply because the cars are so rare on the road now. In fact, even the latest car on […]

By November 16, 2010 56 Comments Read More →
A delightful ZR

A delightful ZR

Keith Adams   This MG ZR is a little unusual… I must admit that I’m yet to be convinced by CVT transmissions. The Honda Civic IMA and Toyota Prius are the most recent examples I’ve driven and neither quite satisfied me in the way they should have. Yes, I know that, technically, these gearboxes are the […]

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Car of the month : April 2009

A competitor in the recent Nile Trial endurance rally, David and Margaret Miller’s Rover Streetwise proved remarkably useful in the mixed Northern African scenery… Husband and wife team David and Trish Miller took their rally-prepared Rover Streetwise on the Nile Trial as a last-minute replacement for their usual endurance car, and it proved so successful, […]

Car of the month : November 2002

“Rover 200 BRM: surely one of Rover’s most distinctive and underrated cars ever” Car of the Month for November brings us a more modern car than the traditional fare for this site: this 2000 Model year Rover 200 BRM is one of a handful sold in this country. Its owner Kevin Davis is very proud […]

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Archive : MG Rover unveils new models

Archive : MG Rover unveils new models

MG Rover has unveiled four new sportier models as its new owners begin the long process of getting the loss making car maker back on the road to profit. The firm took the wraps off three sports saloon cars codenamed X10, X20 and X30 – and an MG special edition.  The glitzy launch comes eight […]

By January 30, 2001 1 Comments Read More →
Archive : Revamped Rovers must see out the century

Archive : Revamped Rovers must see out the century

THE GUARDIAN Nicholas Bannister The Guardian, Wednesday 20 October 1999 02.09 BST Two cars which will go a long way to determining Rover’s fate were launched yesterday amid flashing lights and loud music. The Rover 25 and 45 are revamped versions of the group’s tired 200 and 400 models, and will carry Rover’s small-car flag […]

By October 20, 1999 0 Comments Read More →