At Tyres on the Drive, you can get your new Rover tyres fitted as early as the next day, and at a time and location that’s convenient for you.
The history of Rover is essentially the history of the British car industry – years of under-investment, short-sighted management and many cases of decently engineered cars which held out great promise but which was never truly fulfilled. It had various names as it passed through various owners before its final iteration as the MG Rover Group, after four businessmen labelling themselves the Phoenix Consortium and led by ex-Rover chief executive John Towers, took over from BMW. With them the company built city cars, mid size hatchbacks, a four door saloon and a two seater roadster. The MG brand was given a fresh lease of life with sporting versions of the hatches and the saloon. However, this was not enough and in April 2005 the company closed with the assets later being bought by a Chinese company and it is this owner, the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), which makes the MGs today. The Rover brand remains dormant.
This began life back in the 1980s as the Metro and was successively updated but essentially remained the same underneath, which explains why it was rather old fashioned when the time came to axe it almost 20 years later.
With the front end styling inspired by the bigger Rover 75, the 25 was the company’s entry level model once the 100 had been deleted and was a Ford Fiesta sized hatchback which gradually lost ground as newer rivals came to the market, raising the standards for space, safety, engine performance, ride and handling that it would never match. An MG version was badged the ZR.
The 45 has essentially the same story as the 25, a car that stood still as newer rivals powered past. Its origins can be traced back to when Honda owned the company. The 45 was a mid-size car competing against the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. It was not a bad car by the time the company closed its doors in 2005, but could never overcome the drag of its aged engineering. The MG version was the ZS.
The car which showed what Rover could have done. The 75 was a modern four door saloon, with a decent chassis, interesting looks and a reasonable engine range. It was sold as a saloon or estate, as an MG badged the ZT, and it was generally well received. Build quality and reliability issues let it down though, and ultimately it was not enough to tempt buyers out of their German cars.
A good two seater mid-engined roadster with power coming from the 1.8 litre K Series, the TF was a good looking and capable machine. Although not a rival to the Mazda MX-5 in terms of handling, it was sufficiently entertaining to win over a lot of fans and was arguably the best of the entire MG Rover Group. The TF is still popular on the used car market.
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