CONTACT US: 0123 456 789 | ARMGOC@MAIL.COM

Austin Rover Group to MG Motor UK Timeline




London Motor Show in May 2019 the new E ZS has premiered, expected to retail the around the £25k mark to rave reviews.

In Late 2018, the MG3 received all full facelift, taking many styling ques from the ZS

In 2017 MG launched their New Mid-Range SUV, the ZS, into the UK market

On 23 September 2016 MG announced that all car production had ceased at Longbridge and henceforth MG vehicles would be imported into the UK

The New MG GS was launched in the United Kingdom in May 2016, MG’s first SUV, built China and imported into the UK

During 2014 MG Motor UK was the fastest-growing brand in Britain as shown by official figures issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

The newly developed MG3 goes on sale in the United Kingdom in September 2013- kits of this model are shipped from China then assembled at Longbridge

The first all-new model from MG for 16 years, the MG6, was officially launched on 26 June 2011 during a visit to MG Motor's Longbridge plant by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.

MG TF production ends due to falling demand

Final assembly of the MG6 from Chinese kits starts at Longbridge

Production of the standard MG TF 135 commences at Longbridge.

Production of the limited-edition MG TF LE500 commences at the Longbridge plant.

SAIC and Nanjing Automobile Corporation announce a tie-up and, on the 26 December NAC, becomes a part of SAIC.

Nanjing Automobile Corporation restarts MG TF production in China.

Ford buys the rights to the Rover marque, meaning that only the MG badge can be used on the new range of Nanjing-built cars.

SAIC sets up a new brand called Roewe after losing the right to buy the Rover brand name, and later launches a model based on an extended Rover 75 platform, called the Roewe 750.

Nanjing Automobile Corporation announces plans to build cars at Longbridge after signing a deal to lease the site for 33 years.

Nanjing Automobile Group acquires the entire assets of MG Rover.

Negotiations on possible joint venture with SAIC stall, and MG Rover collapses. Price Waterhouse Coopers called in as administrators.

MG Rover sell design rights to the Rover 25 and 75 to SAIC to raise money to keep the business afloat.

MG Rover enters in talks with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) about a possible collaboration.

MG Rover launches facelifted versions of the Rover 25/45/75 and MG ZR/ZS/ZT/ZT, with revised front and rear ends. Rover 25/45/Streetwise and MG ZR/ZS also get revised fascia’s.

MG Rover sell the Longbridge factory to St. Modwen Properties on a lease-back basis to raise funds.

MG Rover launch a restyled version of the Rover 25, the Rover Streetwise. Referred to as an "urban on-roader", it has SUV-like styling.

MG and Rover launches V8 variants of the Rover 75 and the MG ZT.

MG Rover launches the new CityRover - a small 5-door hatchback city car, based on the 1998 Tata Indica, which was the product of 2002's collaboration with Tata Motors.

MG Rover launches the new MG XPower SV and SV-R sportscars, prices start at around £65,000. The car is based on the Qvale Mangusta and uses the Ford 4.6 litre V8 engine with two different power outputs.

MG Rover also goes into talks with Brilliance China Auto with plans to build MG Rovers in a plant in China

MG Rover agrees to collaborate with Tata of India.

A revised version of the MG F is launched as the MG TF.

The MG ZR, MG ZS and MG ZT (based on the Rover 25, Rover 45, Rover 75 respectively) are launched as sporting alternatives to the standard Rover models.

The Rover 75 Tourer is launched.

MG Rover buy the factory and the rights to the platform of the Mangusta car from Qvale of Italy for an estimated £10 million.[22]

MG Rover was formed as the part of the former Rover Group's mass-market car business which BMW sold to the Phoenix Consortium for a nominal £10.

Remainder of company sold to the Phoenix Consortium for a nominal £10 and becomes the MG Rover Group

The new Mini launched by BMW, produced at the Cowley assembly plant.

Land Rover sold by BMW to Ford

The Rover 200 and Rover 400 are facelifted to be re-badged as the Rover 25 and Rover 45 respectively.

The Rover 75 goes on sale as a successor to both the Rover 600 and Rover 800.

New versions of the Rover 200 and Rover 400 go on sale, though this time they are entirely different cars. The Rover 400 is a reworked, upmarket version of the latest Honda Civic, despite the Rover-Honda collaboration finishing a year earlier. The new MG F goes on sale, bringing back the MG badge on a mass-production sports car for the first time since 1980.

An estate version of the Rover 400 is launched, along with an updated Metro which sees the 14-year-old nameplate shelved and rebadged as the Rover 100. Maestro and Montego production also ends.

21 February – Honda announces it is selling its 20% share of Rover Group causing major problems in Rover's supply chain which was reliant on Honda.

31 January – British Aerospace announces the sale of its 80% majority share of Rover Group to BMW.[5]

The Rover 600 is launched, based on the Honda Accord but re-styled and using a mixture of Honda and Rover's own engines.

Convertible and Coupe versions of the Rover 200 are launched.

The Rover 800 receives a major facelift.

The Rover 400 – saloon version of the Rover 200 – goes on sale. Also going into production is the heavily updated Metro, which features modernised body styling, a reworked interior and a new range of engines.

The new Rover 200 goes on sale, abandoning the four-door saloon body style in favour of a three- and five-door hatchback. It is also sold as the Honda Concerto. Maestro and Montego production is scaled down as a result.

The volume car manufacturing subsidiary Austin Rover Group Ltd shortens its name to Rover Group Ltd following the shelving of the Austin brand two years earlier.

Rover Group privatised; sold to British Aerospace

British Leyland plc renamed as The Rover Group plc

Austin Rover Group is re-branded "Rover Group". Its final launch is the MG Maestro Turbo, powered by a 2.0 turbocharged engine and one of the fastest hatchbacks in the world with a top speed of nearly 130 mph (210 km/h). The Land Rover Discovery and the new Rover 200 Series enter production around the time of the rebranding, with the Rover 200 Series and the new Rover Metro just months away from launch.

Rover Group PLC sold by the British government to British Aerospace.

The Austin marque is shelved, with the Metro, Maestro and Montego ranges now selling under just their model names. The Rover badge is not used on these cars in the UK market.

Unipart, ARG's spare parts brand is sold off via management buyout.

BL renamed "Rover Group PLC"

Launch of the Rover 800-series, jointly developed with Honda and based on the Honda Legend; Rover SD1 production ceases after 10 years.

Production begins at Cowley of the Honda Ballade, which is visually identical to the Rover 200 but uses some of its own engines and has a higher level of specifications. The MG version of the Montego goes on sale.

Launch of the Austin Montego as successor to the Morris Ital. This means the end of the Morris marque after 72 years. The MG Maestro 1600 is replaced by the MG Maestro 2.0 EFi. The Austin Metro receives a mild facelift and a five-door version is added to the range; an all-new model is planned to enter production by the end of the decade.

Launch of the second Honda-ARG joint venture car, the Mk.1 Rover 200-series. It succeeds the Triumph Acclaim, and in doing so spells the end of the Triumph marque.

Launch of Austin Maestro, which replaces the defunct Allegro and Maxi ranges. The MG badge is used for the MG Maestro 1600 sports model. Austin Ambassador production ends in November.

Michael Edwardes steps down as chairman, and is replaced by Harold Musgrove. MG badge is relaunched, two years after being discontinued, on the MG Metro 1300. The Austin Allegro is discontinued after nine years in production.

Launch of the Austin Ambassador, a facelifted version of the discontinued Princess.

Demise of the Princess model range after nearly seven years in production.

Launch of the Triumph Acclaim, successor of the Dolomite and re-badged version of the Japanese Honda Ballade, built in Cowley, Oxford.

BL Cars Ltd is renamed Austin Rover Group Ltd.