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Spy Photos Of The Volkswagen Lavida, VW's First "China Only" Car

Fans of the vee-dub in China have been chomping at the bit for their very own, super special people's wagon. And while the Volkswagen Lavida may be just a longer version of the Jetta/Bora, it gets a visual treatment more in-line with Chinese tastes. These photos from AutoHome show that this A-class luxury sedan will… » 4/08/08 1:00pm 4/08/08 1:00pm

MG's Still Being Made In Britain? Someone Call The Badge Police

If only the Brits could hold on to their car companies. The moving of their formerly great/adequate/tolerable brands around the world is continuing to create confusion. We know that Tata owns Rover and Nanjing/SAIC owns the MG Rover designs.... or at least we think we know that. We just learned a company in Britain is… » 4/08/08 10:40am 4/08/08 10:40am

Roewe, Roewe, Roewe, Your Rover in China

Having lost the rights to use the Rover name via some deft trademark swappery between BMW and Land Rover, Shanghai Auto is changing its brand strategy. The new owners of rights to build the erstwhile Rover 25 and 75 in China will do so under a new name and logo: Rowr! Roewe or, in Chinese, Rong Wei (I kid you not).… » 10/13/06 8:05am 10/13/06 8:05am

Is The Way Backward The Way Forward? Ford Buys Rover Name

In Bee-Em's purchase of a pantsful of Rover holdings, they walked off with the rights to the Rover name. Post-selloff-debacle, they shunted the Land Rover bits to Ford, but held on, rather inexplicably, to the rights to the Rover name, giving FoMoCo the option to purchase it. Word's just come down that Ford finally… » 9/18/06 5:00pm 9/18/06 5:00pm