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Top 10: MG Rover launches

When the Phoenix Consortium acquired what was left of the former Rover Group – renaming it MG Rover in the process – hopes were high that it would succeed where BMW had failed. In reality, however, funds were tight and the only way the company could survive long-term would be via some kind of merger.

That never happened. And yet, despite being so cash-strapped, MG Rover succeeded in launching a number of different vehicles between its formation in 2000 and its demise five years later. Check out our ten top choices… nine of which were actually rather good. 

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Rover 75 Tourer

The 75 saloon might have been launched whilst Rover was still in the hands of BMW, but the Tourer didn’t arrive until 2001 – by which time the Phoenix Consortium was in charge and the company had been renamed MG Rover. Ever since the 75 first went on sale in 1999, the intention was to launch an estate; but with BMW bailing out and Rover changing hands once again, its arrival was delayed. Still, at least the wait was worthwhile, the Tourer being one of the best looking and most accommodating estates of its generation. 

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