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Rover 75 Mk I

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Rover 75. 1998–2004 (prod. 169,250, 1998–2003). 4-door saloon, 4-door LWB saloon, 5-door estate. F/F, 1794 cm³ petrol, 1951 cm³ diesel (I4 DOHC), 1997, 2497 cm³ (V6 DOHC). Retro-themed and too-English Rover styled by Richard Woolley, with lavish use of chrome. Soft ride to distinguish it from BMW cars. Very robust, refined car but never appealed to enthusiasts; suffered from BMW’s indecision on and changes to marketing from launch day onwards, as well as British media apathy. Related MG ZT from 2001, after production shifted to Longbridge for all models following BMW sale of Rover. LWB saloon brought back Vanden Plas tag temporarily.

Manufacturing locations: Cowley, England; Longbridge, England

Marque: Rover | Model: Rover 75 | Predecessors: Rover 600, Rover 800 Mk II | Successor: Rover 75 Mk II

q.v. MG ZT

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