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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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The MG brand received a massive boost in 2001 when the existing two-seater MGF roadster was joined by an array of new hardtop models – most affordable of which was the ZR, which went on to become Britain’s best-selling hot hatch for a short while. Critics said it was simply a Rover 25 in drag, yet with beefed-up suspension, a snazzy colour range, a sportier interior and a wide range of engines and power outputs, the ZR was far more fun than anyone ever expected. And nowadays it enjoys quite a following amongst fans of affordable modern classics.


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