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MG Rover Group

MG Rover are the largest independent manufacturer of cars in the British motor industry. They came from the de-merger of the two historic marques of MG and Rover from BMW in 2000. They are based in Longbridge in Birmingham, on a site that has been a car factory since the Austin company was founded there in 1905.

MG Rover are the heirs of the British Leyland Motor Corporation, which was formed in 1968 as the result of mergers between many British car firms. In 1975 British Leyland was nationalised due to financial difficulties. In 1986 it was renamed as the Rover Group. Subsequent history was as follows:

When BMW sold off its interests, MG Rover was bought for a nominal 10 by a specially-assembled group of businessmen known as the Phoenix Consortium. The consortium was headed by ex-Rover Chief Executive John Towers.

The links with other companies developed since 2000 presumably draw on MG Rover's history. Qvale was once the primary US importer of MGs, a relationship that started back in 1947 [1]. British Leyland had links with India going back to 1948, but Tata was associated with Daimler of Germany until 2001.

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1 Models
2 Brands
3 See Also
4 Sources


The model line in 2000 was the MGF sports car (now the TF), plus the Rover 25, 45 and 75 - small, medium and large family cars. Since then there has been some diversification - MG badged versions of the Rovers (ZR, ZS and ZT respectively) with sportier performance and handling, then (bizarrely) a MG van (the MG Express), followed by the Rover Streetwise (a 25 with off-road styling), the bottom-of-the-market Cityrover made by Tata in India, and the exotic Qvale-derived 75,000 MG X-power SV sports car. This may spearhead a return to the US markets abandoned in the 1991.

In 2001,2002 & 2003 the company raced in the light LMP675 class at the Le Mans 24-hour race with special cars designed in collaboration with Lola.


Many car brands that were formerly the property of British Leyland may have passed on to MG Rover. The brands of Alvis, Jaguar and Daimler were sold off by British Leyland before it became Rover Group, and Mini and Land Rover went in the BMW days. However, the following do not appear to have been sold:

The dates given are those of the first car of each name, but these are often debatable as each car may be several years in development.

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