PaulT wrote: stevemac wrote:
PaulT wrote:Err - no thank you.
Unfortunately that is why they went bust in the first place
A little confused by your reply. Should I buy things that I do not like the look of to keep a company going.
I do drive a Rover 75 - the MG version does not appeal nor the Contemporary 75 because of the interior.
An important part of a car for me is the dashboard. The exterior is important but I will also spend hours looking at the dash and if it is not appealing then I am not interested in the car.
As for MG their big market place was in the US so perhaps this car needed to be a little retro so as to appeal to the nostalgic Yanks who once and perhaps do still own a B or a Midget.
I wasn't having a go, sorry if it sounded that way. The point I was making was simply that not enough customers bought the models, for whatever reason, to keep the company going. Whatever mis-management MG Rover had, would not have mattered if they were creating enough turnover. It's the same in all commercial activity. The problem they have now, and I do sympathise, is that it costs millions of Ã‚Â£ to develop a car, so they have a choice. Either to design a "eurobox" which will appeal to a large customer base or go for something more radical, which could fail and only create low sales. They, like almost all other manufacturers such as the new Jags have played it safe and created a fairly bland shape. At 500 yards you couldn't tell the difference between most of the hatchbacks produced today. Querky/retro models do sell well, such as the Fiat 500, but not in the quantities to keep Fiat going. Most other Fiats are the standard "eurobox". The mistake here, as others have pointed out, is the engine. In this day and age a diesel or a eco-petrol would have been my first choice to launch with. Rover 75/MG ZT enthusiasts like us naturally drift towards the "retro" look, which is why we own the cars, but we are still a small minority. Which brings me back to my original point of not enough cars sold.
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