It says that 4500 people work at the oxford plant,how does that compare to the rover days?????
4500 is getting back to the pre *** days of around 6000. Even further back, 20,000 was about the peak figure in the 70's. Then you still have to add the Abingdon MG figures, Unipart, Istel, Oxford Exhaust systems, and the myriad of local suppliers large and small. What is not mentioned is that production jobs are all thru agencies, and therefore offer no protection or job security to the galley slaves.
And let's not forget that it is still a novelty, no wonder the yanks et al will pay over the odds. And recent procurement developments mean it now has even less British componentry than the Belgium-assembled Mondeo.
The bubble will burst, I'm sorry to say. VERY wise (and patriotic, forward thinking, and practical) decision, Jerry. I commend your choices.
Wife's painting the living room, and here I am typing around her, so I'll have a keyboard clean to do BTW!!
Gearbox is (at the mo) the PG1 derivative. Bodywork is bashed out at Cowley but the steel content is Polish IIRC, after the closure of Llanwern. Of course there were, the other plants, but I was recalling the Immidiate companies around Cowley. It really was an incredible sight in it's day....The place boiled with activity, I actually remember going around on an open day as a very small lad, and seeing Minor's on the L block final assy lines (That dates me!!!)