Production of First Nanjing Rovers Could Start by Next Year

Nanjing Automobile, the new, China-based owner of MG Rover, has a five year plan. By 2010, the company wants to be building 100,000 cars a year. But before it reaches that milestone, it wants to get at least some of the blokes out of the pub and from around the brazier (sorry, Jeremy) and get Rover's Birmingham plant back to the task of building cars. The company had already announced in August it was planning to revive the MG brand in collaboration with GB Sports Cars, its UK partners. According to the Telegraph, production of MG TF and MG ZT models could start by late 2006, depending on the progression of the development of engines that meet new EU emissions standards. More information on Rover models that will make the cut (i.e., the 27 and 75 models) is likely forthcoming.

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