17 August 2004

MG Rover's answer to the new VW Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra will arrive in early 2006. Originally planned for release late last year, the car codenamed RD/X60 was delayed by the demise of design consultants TWR and the collapse of a production deal with China Brilliance. Now that a new agreement is in place with China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), the 45 replacement has been rejuvenated and, when it goes on sale in eighteen months time, it will look like this.

The new midsize car is exclusively revealed in this week's Autocar. 'As ever, MG Rover faces serious challenges,' writes Richard Bremner, 'but for once, there is cause for tentative optimism.'

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