Blog: Parisienne renaissance

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

rov75v8_02It’s good to see MG Rover has made the trip out to the Paris Motor show. After all, the company didn’t turn up at Frankfurt last year, and that turned quite a few heads. Granted, it appeared at Geneva, and even had a new car to launch, the (crushingly desirable, I-want-one-now) Rover V8, but the company has been a bit anonymous in Europe of late.

Still, MG Rover is in Paris, and although there’s nothing new to show (OK, the CityRover has a lightly shuffled interior – let’s hold the front page), it gives the European motoring press the opportunity to see that the company is alive and well, has a range of facelifted cars to show, and can offer something uniquely “British”. The motoring world may still be on a downer following Ford’s contraction of Jaguar, but it is nice to show the rest of the world that we’re still out there, producing our cars.

…the company is still alive and well,
and – arguably – producing the best
car in its history – the V8 saloon.

What I find heartening is that despite the fact that commentators have been predicting doom since 2000, the company is still alive and well, and arguably producing the best car in its history – the V8 saloon. Here we have a car that looks a million dollars and would never have happened under German management. In fact, it is something of a triumph that it exists at all.

Yes, some people have questioned why MG Rover produced this when it has more pressing matters, but think about it: the V8 may have been delayed and cost more than it should have, but you can guarantee that its total development budget would not add up to the cost of producing new damped cupholders for the RD/X60. So I know which I’d rather have: carry-over cupholders in the RD/X60 and the V8 saloon.

The world is a richer place for it…

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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