China's oldest carmaker buys MG Rover

Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 06:20 pm

MG ROVER was sold last night to Nanjing, China's oldest carmaker and the bidder that had committed the least to British car manufacturing, for close to £60 million.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rover's administrator, said that it had chosen Nanjing over the rival suitors, the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and David James, the company troubleshooter, because its bid was higher and had fewer conditions attached.

Most of the linked article, and other ones on the subject, are about the effect on jobs in the U.K.

I'm having a weirdly visceral reaction to this. MG's are supposed to be sort of rattly, old, coooool Brit cars - it has a huge resonance from my uni days - hopping out of J's car to pick up the muffler when it fell off as we crossed over railroad tracks. Memories.

I don't want them to have a made in China sticker on their butts.
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Grand Duke
Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 07:48 pm

My mate has one of these. I was so close to buying it off him as well, but coudln't get the cash together. I can still dream...
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Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 09:03 pm
Why would you want that car?

The steering wheel's on the wrong side . . .
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Grand Duke
Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 09:37 pm
I didn't notice that. However, it's big of you to admit that left-hand drive is wrong, Set... :wink:

I can't believe that MG made special versions of their cars for foreigners. Just seems... wrong.
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 02:51 pm
They're such beautiful lil cars.

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the prince
Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2005 01:04 am
Rover ? beautiful ?? Shocked
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Reply Sun 7 Aug, 2005 08:32 pm
Yes - beautiful.

You know me, Princie, I'm a fan of the low zippy car - not the four-door anything.

I'm not old enough to settle for a sedan.

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Reply Fri 11 Nov, 2005 01:27 am
Heard of Miata? Produced by Mazda and a spitting image of the MB Rover
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Reply Fri 11 Nov, 2005 11:33 am
Miatas have been around at least 15 years. People interested in cars know 'em.

Given my line of work, the Miata is not a vehicle I'm a fan of.
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