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MGR@10 Month

On 8 April 2005, the then Trade Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, announced that after talks between MG Rover and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation had broken down, the Birmingham-based carmaker – which had just celebrated its centenary – had been placed into ‘receivership’. Of course, she had meant administration, but the message was clear: it was now over for MG Rover. Now, 10 years on, AROnline recalls those events, talks to the people most intimately involved, and gives first hand accounts of what the death of a carmaker really felt like.

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

Craig Cheetham About 12 months ago, I was giving my previously-owned MG ZS 180 a lick of wax outside the house when a cruel passer-by, with nothing but pre-conceived ideas to go by, commented: “Mate, you can’t polish a t#rd”. Not the most helpful of comments, but I remember it well. I recall thinking, at the […]

MGR@10 Month : A Dealer’s Tale – Jon and Tim Wilcox of A. E. Wilcox and Son

MGR@10 Month : A Dealer’s Tale – Jon and Tim Wilcox of A. E. Wilcox and Son

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: A. E. Wilcox and Son Limited and Geoff Cottle Any AROnline readers who also happened to be readers of the Daily Telegraph back in the dark days of 2005 and 2006 might recall a series of advertisements being placed in what was then the broadsheet-sized Telegraph Motoring supplement by a former […]

MGR@10 Month : A look back at the Save MG Rover Rally in 2005

MGR@10 Month : A look back at the Save MG Rover Rally in 2005

Ten years ago today, an estimated 600 Birmingham-built cars made an important pilgrimage to Longbridge. They were there in order to support MG Rover’s workers and their families, whose futures were cast into uncertainty following the company’s fall into administration nine days previously… We were there at the Save MG Rover Rally, which would end up morphing into the […]

MGR@10 Month : A Salesman’s perspective…

MGR@10 Month : A Salesman’s perspective…

Our man Mike Humble talks to former Phoenix Retail salesman Mark Newton about his experiences at the coal face selling new MG Rover cars immediately prior to that fateful day in April 2005. Tell me about Phoenix Retail and how you came to sell MGs and Rovers? Well, Phoenix Retail had been set up to plug the gaps in […]

MGR@10 Month : The demise of MG Rover – an American view

MGR@10 Month : The demise of MG Rover – an American view

Richard Truett The very last auto industry event MG Rover (MGR) took part in came on 12 April 2005 in Detroit. Alan Warburton, Iain Fleming, James Scott and Neil Butler of Powertrain Limited, MGR’s money-making engine and transmission operations, were in Detroit with Camcon to present a paper on camless engines at the giant Society […]

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MGR@10 Month : Preview – Pride of Longbridge 2015

MGR@10 Month : Preview – Pride of Longbridge 2015

This year’s Pride of Longbridge event takes place this coming Saturday, 18 April 2015, and AROnline will be there to cover it. This year’s event promises to be especially poignant, as it marks the 10th Anniversary of the closure of MG Rover and the original ‘Save MG Rover Rally’ that kicked it all off. Little did […]

MGR@10 Month : 10 years on, the latest from Longbridge

MGR@10 Month : 10 years on, the latest from Longbridge

Vehicle production at Longbridge may no longer exist as we knew it, but there is still a car assembly presence at the former MG Rover site, with CKD MG models still emerging from the site, along with engineering, design and marketing input for the Chinese-owned MG Motor UK at the former MG Rover offices. There […]

MGR@10 Month : The Battle for Survival

MGR@10 Month : The Battle for Survival

David Morgan regularly sends in fascinating, well-researched historical features, often focusing on key models and moment in BL/A-R/Rover Group history. What follows is an excellent dissection of events leading up to MG Rover Group’s demise in 2005, and is written in a very accessible style. Read on, discuss and draw your own conclusions (thanks, David!)… […]

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MGR@10 Month : Interview with MG Rover Product PR Manager, Kevin Jones

MGR@10 Month : Interview with MG Rover Product PR Manager, Kevin Jones

For the latest instalment in our MGR@10 Month coverage, Craig Cheetham catches up with MG Rover’s former Product PR Manager (among other things), Kevin Jones. Kevin, who is now Head of Communications for Peugeot in the UK, went to work for what was then British Leyland as his very first job and remained there for over a […]

MGR@10 Month : The Campaigner’s view

MGR@10 Month : The Campaigner’s view

Of all the people intimately involved in MG Rover’s fall into administration and the devastating aftermath in the community, Gemma Cartwright MBE is probably the most qualified to speak about events. Her husband was one of those made redundant – and, since April 2005, she’s campaigned hard for the workers. She continues to do so […]