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MG Rover Group on the January 28, 2003 announces an expansion to its approved Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) equipped range with 1.4- and 1.6-litre cars, complementing the 1.8-litre cars launched in 2002. With London congestion charges commencing on 17 February, this programme caters for an increasing demand in alternative fuel vehicles that are exempt from daily charges.

In a programme managed by Powertrain Limited, a sister company and supplier of engines to MG Rover Group, customers can now order an optional OEM (original equipment manufacturer) approved LPG conversion on new or existing 1.4-, 1.6- or 1.8-litre Rover and MG cars. LPG, approximately 50% cheaper alternative fuel to petrol, is cleaner for the environment and available at many filling stations throughout the UK.

Conversions are available on the following manual transmission Rover and MG models:

Rover 25 (3-door and 5-door) All 1.4 and 1.6-litre
Rover 45 (5-door and 4-door Saloon) All 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre
Rover 75 (4-door Saloon and Tourer) All 1.8-litre
MG ZR (3-door and 5-door) ZR 105 and ZR 120
MG ZS (5-door and 4-door Saloon) ZS 120

 The company is developing approved LPG conversions on other saloon and estate petrol versions of MG and Rover cars – 1.8T and V6 models – and will release plans for their introduction in the forthcoming weeks.

The retail price of the LPG conversion on a Rover or MG car, including installation, is £2,195. The Government funded Powershift rebate (details available at www.powershift.org.uk) covers Band 4 cars (MG and Rover 1.6/1.8-litre models) with a 60% rebate and approximately 50% for the Band 3 rated 1.4-litre cars on the cost of conversion.

LPG is a mixture of propane and butane that comes from oil refining and natural gas fields. It is a cleaner fuel for the environment than petrol, as it contains less contaminating components like sulphur and aromatic compounds. A further advantage of LPG is the 50% saving versus petrol.

To encourage the switch to more environmentally friendly methods of travel the Government has introduced several measures: Powershift Grants – customers who convert their vehicles to LPG can get a grant of up to 60% towards conversion cost. Fuel Duty – the Government has promised to freeze duty on LPG until 2004 and the ongoing Green Government policies are to continuously reward the cleanest fuels through fiscal measures. Congestion Charges in London from 17 February (normally £5 per day) and under a European ‘Alter’ project, over 30 UK cities and large towns will be introducing similar schemes. Band 4 LPG vehicles are currently exempt from these charges.

LPG is forecast to grow in popularity as manufacturers like MG Rover Group introduce approved LPG conversions and as other cities adopt similar congestion charging schemes.


More information about LPG and Powershift can be found on the following web sites: