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ROVER 'TCV' STARS ON MG ROVER'S GENEVA STAND

Giving the first public indication of Rover's future product design thinking, the Rover TCV (Tourer Concept Vehicle) forms the centrepiece of the company's stand at the 2002 Geneva Show.

TCV is shown as an external full size model, combined with a dynamic virtual-reality demonstration of the ingenious interior package capabilities. It has been created to show the company's styling and design vision for its new vehicles. Although this concept is innovative and free-thinking, it has been designed for genuine production feasibility.

Recent developments in world car markets reflect a growth in new categories of car, such as MPVs, van-based estate cars and various 'cross-over' hybrid vehicles. Now, the Rover TCV demonstrates a new way of combining luxury, style and driving enjoyment with exceptional practicality and adaptability.

As a starting point, the TCV fulfils the normal Tourer role - a stylish modern 'lifestyle' estate car with a roomy five-passenger cabin. Key features include:

• A highly adaptable seating plan. The rear three seat squabs all fold individually to lie flush with the normal rear load floor, and the front passenger seat squab also folds to this plane.

This allows several combinations of passengers and loads, and any folded seats can also be used in 'table-top' mode for business or leisure purposes. Very long items of



up to 3.1 metres can be accommodated. The centre rear seat squab can be replaced with various 'slot-in' modules, including a child seat, an entertainment centre, a fridge/food warmer and a business desktop unit.

• An ingenious dual configuration for the rear loadspace area. In addition to a special hatch door hinged well forward to give excellent access to the loadspace, the lower bumper section also hinges open, revealing a large secure box-shaped underfloor stowage compartment for a host of associated items. Current and future developments in puncture management (Instant Mobility Systems and run-flat tyres) will render spare wheels finally redundant.

For even greater versatility, the main load floor is designed so that it can be removed from the normal position and stowed on the floor of the lower compartment, thus creating an exceptionally deep cargo space with full-depth access from the rear. One package objective was to be able to stow a normal front-loading washing machine in the upright position. Rover's rationale for this was not to create a dedicated washing machine 'delivery van', but to provide a universally recognisable demonstration of the remarkable capability of the package.

To help with the insertion and removal of such bulky and heavy loads the lower drop-down bumper has been engineered to form a flush loading platform when open. Having such a 'basement-level' load floor reduces loading effort and gives the lowest possible centre of gravity for the installed load, to minimise its effect on vehicle handling.

• TCV has also been designed with extra ground clearance, appropriate wheels and tyres, robust finishes for the lower body and wheel arches, and can accommodate advanced traction control technology. Adding further to the outdoor lifestyle benefits of TCV, are the special longitudinal 'Alpine Light' windows set into the roof panel.

Summing up the TCV project, Rob Oldaker, MG Rover Product Development Director, said: "This concept car gives a strong indication of the way that our Design
team, headed by Peter Stevens, is developing a bold new personality for Rover. The TCV shows the kind of all-round versatility and luxury that we believe a Rover should offer."

The TCV is an integral element of the programme, which will spawn a new generation of MG and Rover products, the first of which will go on sale in 2004.
 

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Release immediate March 5, 2002

EXTENSION OF ROVER 75 RANGE

Rover has unveiled today (5 March), at the Geneva Motor Show, a new long-wheelbase model - developed from the successful British-built Rover 75 Saloon, in conjunction with established vehicle specialist coachbuilders S. MacNeillie & Son Ltd. The Vanden Plas is a supremely stylish limousine-style vehicle, which delivers the ultimate in comfort for an incredibly competitive price.

The Vanden Plas has a 200mm wheelbase extension over the acclaimed Rover 75 Saloon and utilises the considerable strength inherent in the production-saloon body's torsional-rigidity of 24,000Nm per degree. Available exclusively in high-specification Connoisseur trim, the longer-wheelbase Rover provides increased rear compartment legroom, extra interior lighting and provision for entertainment and IT systems.

Metallic paint is a standard feature and there is the opportunity to further extend, beyond its standard leather upholstery, the choice of interior trim or accessory items, for a fully individual product specification. Whatever specification is selected refinement and good ride quality come as standard in this executive car.

The Vanden Plas is powered by a quad-cam 24-valve, 2.5-litre light-aluminium V6 engine producing 177Ps (130kW) at 6500rpm. The 240Nm of torque produced at 4000rpm, matches the 5-speed JATCO automatic gearbox, which combines to produce smooth acceleration and good operating economy.

The Vanden Plas Connoisseur Auto model, only available in right-hand-drive form at launch, is priced in the UK at £27,995.


Market response to the product reveal in Geneva will provide valuable feedback for the potential extent of left-hand-drive business and market opportunities. Customers can make enquiries through the MG Rover dealer network or by contacting MacNeillies direct, on +44(0)1922 725560.

Martin Clive, Specialist Vehicle Sales Manager, for S. MacNeillie & Son Ltd said: "We've been working very closely with MG Rover to develop the Vanden Plas, to draw on all the Rover 75's product strengths, without compromising the elegant exterior lines. I'm absolutely sure the Vanden Plas will draw great interest from key business and celebrity groups, and we are happy to tailor the Rover to their specific desires. Furthermore the Vanden Plas offers the opportunity to incorporate occupant protection for those VIP clients who may require it."

Commenting from the Geneva Motor Show, John Sanders, MG Rover's Group Marketing Director, said: "The Vanden Plas is an elegant extension to the Rover 75 range and is one of a number of initiatives that will extend the Rover product portfolio into new levels of individual customer choice and satisfaction."


Note to Editors:
The 'regular' Rover 75 Saloon 2.5-litre Connoisseur is priced in the UK at £21,920. Optional 5-speed transmission is available for £1,200 and £450 for metallic paint - a total of £23,570.
 

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Release immediate March 5, 2002

MONOGRAM PROGRAMME OFFERS PERSONALISATION
FOR MG AND ROVER CUSTOMERS

Monogram is a programme that is now being offered to customers of new MG and Rover cars to meet their desire to reflect their individuality. It consists of a range of paint finish and trim combinations as well as technology features.

Twenty exclusive new colours are available to all new MG and Rover customers, as set out in an attached listing. They include the latest Chromactive and Chromescent paint finishes that give a dramatic colour shift even in low light conditions.

Interiors can be trimmed in a wide selection of quality materials that include 'Personal Line' leather trim, Oxford Leather and Alcantara, in a spectrum of colours to complement the exterior bodywork.

The Monogram initiative also extends to additional factory fitted options. Hi-line Navigation systems, roof mounted DVD players, and more alloy wheel options are just a few of the options available for customers to individualise their cars.
The first phase of Monogram is now being launched in the UK with plans to extend the programme to export markets in the coming months.

John Sanders, MG Rover's Group Marketing director, said: "The Monogram programme provides an exclusive opportunity for MG and Rover customers to realise their personality through automotive style."
 

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All sound to be very interesting. Looking forward to seeing some pictures when they become available.
 
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Yep - see What's New for pictures of above stories!

To summarize - Geneva show press releases.

1. Stretched Rover 75 launched (pictures too).
2. Monogram launched (Scheme that allows you to personalise your car. (pictures too).
3. Tourer Concept Vehicle (TCV) announced (pictures too). :D
4. Mathew Williamsons tarted up R25.

Other info is a recap of MG TF launch + ZED car info.
 

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Extension of Rover 75 Theme

Do MGR own the Vanden Plas name or are they licensing it from
*** or possibly Jaguar as I have read recently that they had started using the name again in the USA. Does anyone know?
 

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I believe MGR owns the Vanden Plas brand. Under Austin Rover the name Vanden Plas was licenced to Jaguar for them to use in America, a deal that must still persist today.
But don't B'em still own the Rover brand? and licence MGR to use it on their cars...
 

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Rover Brandname

I may be wrong but I thought *** still owned the Rover name as well ,and the reason I read about was that Ford insisted it stayed with *** or was sold to them ,to prevent any use of it on 4X4 products from the then Pheonix Consortium in the future.

This was either read at one time on a Birmingham newspaper site or BBC Business News.
 
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The MG Rover Group has access to all of the former Group names except Riley, Triumph, Land Rover and Mini (from the main website attached to the Forum - bottom of homepage).
 

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Yep, that's quite correct. Remember, Rover still used the Vanden Plas suffix on it's top spec models AFTER Jag was separated from A.R.G.. I think there is something agreed somewhere that prevents Rover using it's name on a 4x4, yes, but what's to stop there being an MG 4x4 someday?....

MG-Rover has Austin, Rover, Morris, Wolseley, Vanden Plas, MG, Princess and any other old marques that you care to think of EXCEPT Triumph, Riley and Mini which *** kept, and Land Rover which went to Ford which already has Jaguar/Daimler.

Confusing isn't it!!!
 
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