JUST a quick note of thanks to everyone, and to hope that 2005 is going to be a better year than 2004.
We have quite a few things to look forward to though, don’t we?
1) MG Rover and SAIC will sign their joint venture in January, and we can finally thinking in terms of there being no doubt over Longbridge’s future.
2) Aggressive selling and advertising will see the Rover and MG marques strengthened in the eyes of car buyers.
3) Some concrete announcement about future product releases.
4) First sight of the RD/X60 in prototype form.
5) Upgraded 75 interior and the unveiling of new engines.
6) MG Rover returning to front line motorsport.
7) More new blood in the PR department.
8) A commitment to produce the MG GT Concept (most likely) or the 75 Coupe.
One thing MG Rover has consistently managed to do in 2004 is surprise us – and although the 2003 figures concerning R&D didn’t look great, there is much going on there now, and it is fair to say it will pull a few more surprises out of the bag now there’s a new feeling of confidence eminating from Longbridge.
Heritage won’t be forgotten though, and although the company’s centre of gravity will be shifting eastwards, there will be plenty of activities celebrating the centenary of production at Longbridge.
We stared into an abyss in 2004 – now it seems – finally – as though things are going to work out for the best…
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