The CityRover came about when MG Rover was presented with a proposal to sell the Indica V2. It recognised that it could have much potential as a new small Rover in the UK and Europe – especially considering the fact that their dealers had been crying out for a replacement for the Metro/100 since it had been killed off in 1997.
As the last new car to wear a (derivative of the) Rover badge, the CityRover carries an important legacy. But it’s a sad one, as it brings into sharp focus just how desperate MG Rover’s position was.
Here’s its story
Marriage of convenience? When the Phoenix consortium walked away with the prize of MG Rover, having snatched it from under the nose of Jon Moulton and Kevin Morley at Alchemy at the very last moment, none of their directors thought for a minute that they would be having an easy ride in the future. John […]
Keith Adams Although the Dacia Sandero’s pure Romanianness precludes it from featuring prominently in AROnline, it is a product – a marketing model – that I absolutely adore. In short, it’s cheap, cheerful and right for our straitened times. Since last week, I’ve been the custodian of this lovely Access model you see above – I’ll […]
The CityRover marks a brave re-entry for Rover into the lower half of the Supermini sector. Priced at an anticipated £6,500, it will face stiff opposition from the likes of the Daewoo Matiz and Daihatsu Charade. MG Rover should have some room for flexibility when it comes to pricing, should there be a price war […]
The CityRover Mk2 is probably the world’s only new car have never been launched, nor have any new dealers sell it. The original might have had its detractors, and for some typified all that was wrong with the Phoenix Four era of management, but it was a damned fine car, badly priced. The CityRover Mk2 […]
They say that curry is the most popular food in the UK now; MG Rover hoped to repeat the phenonemon in automotive terms with its new baby… However, Roger Blaxall recounted a lukewam tale shortly after the car’s launch… FOR £1600 the average punter can buy any manner of decent second hand AstraGolfEscort, etc. For […]
Our man in the trade, Steven Ward, on why now’s the time to buy a CityRover, and why they were onto a good thing. Even if we didn’t know it at the time… From the jaws of victory… NAMASTE, as they say in India… A few things that The Firm (BL, ARG, Rover, et al) […]
Kevin Davis This is my first acquaintance with a CityRover and I bagged this 1.4 Sprite at the local car auction recently. I won it for a very princely sum with 11 months MoT and 5 months tax left to run on it and 81,000 miles but with no history and no handbook. I settled […]
Tata Motors, the Indian firm that is building MG Rover’s next car for the UK market, has been showing off the City Rover, which is due to go on sale in November. Tata, a former truck maker that expanded into consumer automobiles in the 1990s, is making the City Rover at its plant in Pune, […]
The new City Rover will cost about £6,000 MG Rover is unveiling its new small car at its Longbridge factory in Birmingham. The car will be built in partnership with the Indian company Tata and manufactured at its plant in Pune in India. Rover plans to import about 50,000 of the cars a year and […]
The new MG Rover model will be built at a factory in India, the Birmingham-based company has announced. The small car, which has not yet been named, will be built by Tata Engineering at its factory in Pune. But it will be based on Rover’s design and engineering standards. The new model, which will be […]
The two top dogs at the UK car maker MG Rover – chief executive Kevin Howe and chairman John Towers – both failed to turn up at the company’s press conference ahead of the 72nd International Motor Show in Geneva on Tuesday. Their conspicuous absence was believed to be due to ongoing talks about a […]
The Indian car maker, Tata, has plans to launch its small Indica car on to the British market. A spokesman for the company said it hoped to reverse a slump in profit levels since the car’s domestic launch in 1998. Tata said it aims to export up to 12,000 cars to Britain each year. Tata […]