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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:30 am 
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"SAIC Motor, the parent company and owner of the MG brand, has announced what it calls “a global operational review” of its manufacturing facilities in the face of a growing slump in demand in its home markets of China and Asia. A total of around 230 jobs are to go at the SAIC Motor Technical Centre. Does this spell the final end for automotive research and development at Longbridge?"
https://www.aronline.co.uk/ar-cars/news ... l-centre./


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:15 am 
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Not looking good is it!

Still, it is the inevitable outcome of the disgusting antics of John Towers & his thieving cronies back in 2000 - 2005.

TBH, I'm pretty surprised that SIAC stuck with the Longbridge site as long as they did.

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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 2:30 pm 
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Nu Labour really were a pack of crooks as well. Stephen Byer's handling of the Rover-BMW situation in 1999/2000 amounts to criminal negligence. If he'd not pissed about and just handed over the relative small change to BMW to re-equip Longbridge to build the Rover R30, MG-Rover would be thriving today. They had some very big plans and Nu Labour ruined it. Gordon Brown's artificial Pound strengthening wiped out their export market overnight.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:53 pm 
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Rover 35 (R30)
"Keith Adams lays out what we know about the ill-fated Rover 35, codenamed R30. It was a mid-sized hatchback developed in tandem with the Rover 75 and MINI, and would have taken the fight to the Volkswagen Golf. Sadly, it was canned in 2000, when BMW sold the Rover Group to a consortium led by John Towers for £10."
https://www.aronline.co.uk/concepts-and ... rover-r30/

The New Mini (R50) - Preparations to build it at Longbridge:-
"To prepare the way for the New Mini it was necessary to demolish and rebuild various parts of the Longbridge factory.
The main purpose behind this was to eliminate West Works and the necessary costs involved in bringing the bodies over to South Works."
http://www.austinmemories.com/styled-30/index.html


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:24 am 
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The ARonline article is very inaccurate - the E87 1 Series was designed in conjunction with the 2005 E90 3 Series with most parts interchangeable - suspension, steering, diff and even stuff like window regulators. There is nothing remotely Rover about it. The Rover R30 would have used a lot of BMW stuff.
As for the 1 Series heading downmarket, they'd already been there and done that with the Compact in 1994. Very successfully as well.

The 2002 NG engine is the N42, used from late 2001 in the E46 318i.


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 1:46 pm 
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Too many other decent budget cars around like KIA for MG to survive, it was innevitable.


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 5:49 am 
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I'm sure they'll continue by importing them from China. MG sales are up 270% in Australia in the last 12 months. They are one of the fastest growing brands here.

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MG are on the up, no mistake. Look how Hyundai started....


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