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Rover 75
Manufacturer Rover Group (1998–2000)
MG Rover (2000–2005)
Production 1998–2005
Assembly Cowley, Oxford, UK (1998–2000)
LongbridgeBirmingham, UK (2000–2005)
Predecessor Rover 600
Rover 800
Class Compact executive car
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
5-door estate
4-door limousine
Layout FF layout
FR layout
Engine(s) PETROL:
- Rover 1.8L L4 16V (K-Series)
- Rover 1.8L L4 16V Turbo (K-Series)
- Rover 2.0L V6 24V (KV6)
- Rover 2.5L V6 24V (KV6)
- Ford 4.6L V8 16v (Modular)
LPG:
- Rover 2.5L V6 24V (KV6)
DIESEL:
- BMW 2.0L L4 16V Turbo 116 (M47R)
- BMW 2.0L L4 16V Turbo 131 (M47R)
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,746 mm (108.1 in) (saloon, estate)
2,946 mm (116.0 in) (limousine)
Length 4,747 mm (186.9 in) (saloon)
4,792 mm (188.7 in) (estate)
4,950 mm (194.9 in) (limousine)
Width 1,778 mm (70.0 in)
Height 1,424 mm (56.1 in)
Curb weight 1,370–1,600 kg (3,000–3,500 lb)
Related MG 7
MG ZT
Roewe 750

The Rover 75 is a compact executive car produced by British automobile manufacturers Rover Group and later by MG Rover, under the Rover marque. The Rover 75 was available with front-wheel drive in either a saloon or estate body style and latterly, in long-wheelbase form and a rear-wheel drive, V8-engined specification. In 2001, an MG-branded version was launched by MG Rover, called the MG ZT.

The Rover 75s were built by the Rover Group under BMW at Cowley, Oxfordshire, for just a year. After Rover Group's sale, the Rover 75 was built by MG Rover Group at their Longbridge site in Birmingham.

The Rover 75 was unveiled to the public at the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show, with deliveries commencing in February 1999. Production of the Rover and later MG badged models ceased on 8 April 2005 when manufacturer MG Rover Group entered administration. Rather surprisingly, it was offered for sale in Mexico, making it the first Rover to be sold in North America since the Sterling.

HistoryEdit

The Rover 75 started life as part of a group of three new designs[1] for the company under the guidance of Richard Woolley; a large saloon codenamed Flagship, a smaller vehicle (with the codename of Eric), and the 75. Of these only the 75 concept progressed. The initial aim was to re-skin the Rover 600[2] but following the BMW takeover it was quickly decided that this platform would not be re-used but replaced by an entirely new model.

Work on the new model, codenamed R40, progressed well with little operational interference from BMW; the styling received an enthusiastic response from the management and both companies believed the classical look would be the ideal direction for Rover.

Under the lauded styling was a range of petrol and diesel engines from 1.8- to 2.5-litre sizes. Petrol engines provided were Rover's 4-cylinder K series in 1.8-litre guise and the quad cam KV6, offered in either short-stroke 2.0 or revised 2.5-litre formats. The 2.0-litre was later dropped on introduction of the 1.8-litre turbo for emissions purposes. The diesel unit was BMW's common rail motor, designated M47R. This unit was a mildly de-tuned BMW 2.0-litre turbodiesel, the same core engine being used at the same time in the parent company's 3 and 5-Series models and later found in the Land Rover Freelander from 2001.

Transmissions on all models were either the Getrag 283 5-speed manual, supplied from the company's new facility in Bari, Italy, or the JATCO 5-speed automatic unit—one of the first transverse engine deployments made with this feature.

Braking was in the form of all-round discs, complemented with a Bosch 5.7 4-channel ABS system and electronic brake force distribution. The parking brake was a cable operated drum integral within the rear discs.

Suspension was a MacPherson strut arrangement at the front, anchored by lower alloy L-arms. The wide spacing of the mounting points, compliant bushes and a perimeter subframe gave the model a cushioned yet precise ride with relaxed handling that could be tuned for different markets or model derivatives such as the later MG ZT. The rear suspension, after a period of uncertainty during development, was eventually a version of BMW's Z-Axle arrangement first featured on the 1988 Z1 sports car.

Rover 75a

Rover 75, 1.8 Club SE, (1999–2003)

At the time of the launch there had been speculation within the media that the Rover 75 used the BMW 5-Series platform, perhaps due to the overall size of the model, the apparent presence of a transmission tunnel and the use of the parent company's rear suspension system. This was in fact not the case: Rover engineers had used the concept of incorporating a central tunnel which had been explored by BMW as part of their own research into front-wheel-drive chassis design. As the 75 took shape, this core engineering was passed over to Rover and evolved into the Rover 75 structure[citation needed]. The tunnel concept, along with the rear suspension system, was also used by the Rover engineers for the design of the Mini.

Rover 75 rear 20080102

Rover 75, rear view

2002MY Rover 75 1.8 Saloon front view

2002MY Rover 75 1.8 Saloon front view

At launch the Rover 75 quickly attracted praise for its styling and design integrity. Some critics of the car labelled its styling too "retro", suggesting it had been designed with an older buyer in mind, and was not sporting enough when compared to the competition[citation needed]. However, the 75 won a series of international awards including various "most beautiful car" awards, including one in Italy.[3][4]

MG Rover ZT - (BC51 JPX) Fire Marshall car at Weston park 2012 -IMG 6659

MG ZT (Rover 75) as a rapid response fire vehicle

Assembly originally took place at Cowley but in 2000, following the sale of the company by BMW to Phoenix Venture Holdings, production was moved to Longbridge in Birmingham, England.[5] 2001 saw the introduction of the Rover 75 Tourer (developed alongside the saloon but never authorised for production by BMW), swiftly followed by the MG ZT and MG ZT-T, more sporting interpretations of the model, differentiated by modified, sporting chassis settings and colour and trim derivatives[citation needed]. Between 2000 and 2003, there were few changes to the range, the biggest being the 2.5-litre V6 engine being joined by a low pressure turbocharged 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine. The introduction of the 'greener' 1.8-litre turbo greatly benefited British company car drivers who are taxed on carbon dioxide emissions. A customisation programme, Monogram, was launched, allowing buyers to order their car in a wider range of exterior paint colours and finishes, different interior trims and with optional extras installed during production[citation needed].

From June 2002 a factory-approved dual fuel petrol-liquid petroleum gas conversion was available in the UK on 1.8 and 2.5 litre models. The LPG conversion was an after-market undertaking approved by MG Rover. Developed by EcoGas Systems Ltd and Landi Renzo S.R.L. in conjunction with MG Rover Powertrain Limited, the conversion was ordered from Rover dealerships, the cars retaining the three-year factory warranty. The retail price of the conversion was £2,195, but in an effort to encourage LPG use for transport for ecological reasons the UK Government offered a Powershift Rebate of some 60% of the conversion cost. When running on LPG the Rover 75 suffers only a slight reduction in performance compared to running on petrol; LPG fuel consumption is also slightly higher than when running on petrol but this is more than offset by the greatly reduced cost of the fuel.

TourerEdit

Rover released the estate body-style of the 75, called Tourer, in 2001. It was designed to offer Rover customers a greater degree of practicality while retaining the 75's sleek looks and high-class image. The tailgate is fitted with a separate opening rear screen, allowing owners to drop items into the boot, without having to lift up the whole door. Once the door is opened, however, the load space is up to 1,480 mm wide and 2,060 mm long.[6] With the seats up there is between 400 and 680 litres of cargo space, and with the seats folded down (in a 60:40 ratio complete with centre load-through hatch) there is over 1,222 litres available.

To improve practicality further, self-levelling rear suspension and an integral load restraint system were added to the options list for the Tourer. Up to 100 kg can be loaded onto the roof, which is higher than rival executive cars of the time,[6] and putting loads into the boot is made easier by the 544 mm sill height. Four hinged chrome lashing eyes are fitted to the floor, and oddment stowage compartments and two recessed hooks are located in the side walls.

Long wheelbaseEdit

A stretched version of the Rover 75—initially called Vanden Plas, then simply Limousine—was introduced in 2002. Developed in conjunction with specialist vehicle builder S. MacNeillie & Son Limited in Walsall, England, the model was stretched by 200 mm in the rear floor pan, with longer rear doors. The extra length, and the fitment of the new premium grille were the only visual clues to the changes made. Available only in Connoisseur specification, production moved to Longbridge after an initial short run by the coach-building partner.

The 75 has been one of the most popular ministerial cars in the British Government. Various ministers were driven around in Rover 75s and Tony Blair had access to a 75 Limousine while he was in power, but was never seen in it.[7] However Alistair Darling was seen in a 'Premium Grille' Rover 75 which could be the 75 Limousine in question.

Rover V8Edit

Rover announced the new V8 model at the Geneva Motor Show also in 2002. This was the second iteration of the modified rear-wheel-drive platform developed by MG Rover and already receiving plaudits from the media. The car also boasted a new grille stretching down from the bonnet shut-line to the bottom lip of the bumper—a style that had also just appeared on Audi's A6, which was not lost on the press.

The Rover 75 V8 was created as a means of proving MG Rover's engineering expertise and to attract a development partner to the company. The car was extensively re-engineered to accommodate Ford's Modular V8 in 4.6 litre capacity, driving the rear wheels to give a car with much higher performance, taking advantage of the stiffening tunnel in the body structure.[8] These cars were built on the standard production line, and then removed to allow the necessary structural modifications to be carried out. The cars were then returned to the trimming lines for completion. Just under 900 were produced in both saloon and Tourer body styles, carrying either Rover 75 or MG ZT trim. The cars had numerous differences to the standard versions, drive train notwithstanding, with non standard heating and ventilation, and brakes and suspension capable of dealing with the extra power[citation needed]. Externally, there is little to indicate what is under the bonnet, other than quad exhaust pipes and a couple of subtle badges, although a large 'premium' grille was fitted to some cars following the 2004 facelift.

A heavily modified MG ZT-T V8, known as the X-15 broke the speed record for a non-production estate car on Bonneville Salt Flats in September 2003, achieving 225.609 mph (363.082 km/h). The engine was bored out to 6 litres producing 765 bhp (570 kW/776 PS), but remained normally aspirated.[citation needed]

FaceliftEdit

In early 2004 Rover face-lifted the design of the 75 to a less retro, more European, look. Changes were restricted to bolt-on components, with more modern bumpers front and rear, bigger door mirrors, one-piece headlights and a sleeker grille. Middle-specification Club trim was dropped, and on Connoisseur trim light oak wood took the place of the original walnut, which remained standard fitment on the entry-level Classic. Rover also added a new trim to the range called Contemporary which featured revised fittings such as larger alloy wheels (SE derivatives), black oak wood trim and sports seats as well as an altered equipment tally. This refresh received mixed reactions from the media.

PopularityEdit

Initial sales of the Rover 75 were disappointing, as it failed to match the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in the British car sales charts during 1999[citation needed]. The public unveiling of the car at the Birmingham Motor Show was unfortunately over-shadowed by a speech containing criticism of the British Government's attitude to financial assistance in the redevelopment of the Rover Longbridge factory (where the new Mini was to have been produced)[citation needed]. Stunned press reaction interpreted this as saying that BMW were unhappy with continuing financial losses and were intending to close Rover down[citation needed]. This undoubtedly scared off many prospective buyers, despite the very positive reaction to the car itself[citation needed]. Indeed it did (and still does) hold up very well with the Jaguar S-Type that was unveiled at the same show[citation needed].

Sales picked up substantially during 2000[citation needed], and it was Britain's fifth most popular new car in the month of April of that year[citation needed]. It was still selling reasonably well at the time of MG Rover's bankruptcy in April 2005[citation needed], and a small number of unsold 75s were still in stock as of early 2007[citation needed], as Nanjing Automobile was preparing to re-open Longbridge[citation needed].

Based on the combination of safety, performance and maintainability, the Rover 75 was found in 2011 to be the cheapest car to insure in the United Kingdom across all age groups.[9] Based on fuel efficiency and lower taxes, the Rover 75 was found in 2011 to be the most cost effective diesel in its class.[10]

The cars are still popular and actively supported by an active and growing Owners Club[11]

Flexible electronics designEdit

The BMW electronics based Rover 75[citation needed] incorporates the entire in-car entertainment system (radio function, navigation system, television and telecommunications systems) and is based on a very flexible automotive computer system from BMW.[12] As a result the Rover 75 can be easily upgraded with the newest BMW technologies including BMW's Bluetooth system, the DVD based navigation system, and widescreen displays, as well as BMW's CD changers which play MP3s.[13]

Engine specificationsEdit

The Rover 75 (and MG ZT derivative) were powered by a combination of Rover's own K-Series and KV6 engines as well as Ford's Modular V8 and BMW's M47 diesel engine. The latter was designated M47R to identify the unit as a Rover special, having been tweaked by Rover's engineers for transverse installation, with performance and refinement characteristics unique to Rover.[14]

Displacement Engine Power Torque 0-62 mph Top Speed Economy Production Manufacturer
Petrol
1.8 1.8 - I4 - NA 120 PS (88 kW) 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) 10.9 s 121 mph (195 km/h) 36.2 mpg-imp (7.80 l/100 km) 1999–2005 MG Rover
1.8 Automatic 1.8 - L4 - NA 120 PS (88 kW) 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) 12.3 s 118 mph (190 km/h) 30.1 mpg-imp (9.38 l/100 km) 1999–2005 MG Rover
2.0 V6 2.0 - V6 - NA 150 PS (110 kW) 185 N·m (136 lb·ft) 9.6 s 130 mph (210 km/h) 30.1 mpg-imp (9.38 l/100 km) 1999–2002 MG Rover
2.0 V6 Automatic 2.0 - V6 - NA 150 PS (110 kW) 185 N·m (136 lb·ft) 10.8 s 127 mph (204 km/h) 27.5 mpg-imp (10.3 l/100 km) 1999–2002 MG Rover
1.8 T 1.8 - I4 - Turbo 150 PS (110 kW) 215 N·m (159 lb·ft) 9.1 s 130 mph (210 km/h) 36.3 mpg-imp (7.78 l/100 km) 2002–2005 MG Rover
1.8 T Automatic 1.8 - L4 - Turbo 150 PS (110 kW) 215 N·m (159 lb·ft) 9.7 s 127 mph (204 km/h) 31.7 mpg-imp (8.91 l/100 km) 2002–2005 MG Rover
2.5 V6 2.5 - V6 - NA 177 PS (130 kW) 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) 8.2 s 137 mph (220 km/h) 29.4 mpg-imp (9.61 l/100 km) 1999–2005 MG Rover
2.5 V6 Automatic 2.5 - V6 - NA 177 PS (130 kW) 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) 8.9 s 134 mph (216 km/h) 26.9 mpg-imp (10.5 l/100 km) 1999–2005 MG Rover
2.5 V6 Automatic LWB 2.5 - V6 - NA 177 PS (130 kW) 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) 9.9 s 134 mph (216 km/h) 26.6 mpg-imp (10.6 l/100 km) 2002–2005 MG Rover
4.6 V8 4.6 - V8 - NA 260 PS (190 kW) 410 N·m (300 lb·ft) 6.2 s 155 mph (249 km/h) 23.1 mpg-imp (12.2 l/100 km) 2003–2005 Ford
4.6 V8 Automatic 4.6 - V8 - NA 260 PS (190 kW) 410 N·m (300 lb·ft) 7.0 s 151 mph (243 km/h) 22.1 mpg-imp (12.8 l/100 km) 2003–2005 Ford
LPG
2.5 V6 LPG Automatic 2.5 - V6 - NA 177 PS (130 kW) 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) 8.9 s 134 mph (216 km/h) 21.3 mpg-imp (13.3 l/100 km) 2002–2005 MG Rover
2.5 V6 LPG Automatic LWB 2.5 - V6 - NA 177 PS (130 kW) 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) 9.9 s 134 mph (216 km/h) 21.3 mpg-imp (13.3 l/100 km) 2002–2005 MG Rover
Diesel
2.0 CDT 2.0 - I4 - Turbo 116 PS (85 kW) 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) 11.0 s 120 mph (190 km/h) 50.0 mpg-imp (5.65 l/100 km) 1999–2005 BMW
2.0 CDT Automatic 2.0 - L4 - Turbo 116 PS (85 kW) 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) 12.3 s 118 mph (190 km/h) 40.9 mpg-imp (6.91 l/100 km) 1999–2005 BMW
2.0 CDTi 2.0 - L4 - Turbo 131 PS (96 kW) 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) 10.3 s 120 mph (190 km/h) 50.0 mpg-imp (5.65 l/100 km) 1999–2005 BMW
2.0 CDTi Automatic 2.0 - L4 - Turbo 131 PS (96 kW) 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) 11.0 s 118 mph (190 km/h) 40.9 mpg-imp (6.91 l/100 km) 1999–2005 BMW
2.0 CDTi Automatic LWB 2.0 - L4 - Turbo 131 PS (96 kW) 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) 11.8 s 118 mph (190 km/h) 40.9 mpg-imp (6.91 l/100 km) 1999–2005 BMW

Environmental impactEdit

The Rover 75 compared favourably against rivals in terms of emissions. The official emissions data was analysed by Next Green Car. Each of the Rover 75's engines were analysed and given a score between 0 (cleanest) to 100 (dirtiest).[15]

Rover Vehicle CO2 Score Rival Vehicle CO2 Score
Rover 75 1.8 184 g/km 50[16] Alfa Romeo 156 1.6 T.S. 195 g/km 52[17]
Rover 75 1.8 Automatic 224 g/km 60[18] Subaru Legacy 2.0 Automatic 224 g/km 61[19]
Rover 75 2.0 V6 225 g/km 61[20] Lexus IS 200 233 g/km 63[21]
Rover 75 2.0 V6 Automatic 245 g/km 65[22] Mercedes-Benz C240 V6 TouchShift 256 g/km 68[23]
Rover 75 1.8 T 193 g/km 53[24] Honda Accord 2.0i VTEC 209 g/km 56[25]
Rover 75 1.8 T Automatic 214 g/km 59[26] BMW 318i Automatic 220 g/km 60[27]
Rover 75 2.5 V6 225 g/km 61[28] Mitsubishi Galant 2.5 V6 227 g/km 61[29]
Rover 75 2.5 V6 Automatic 249 g/km 66[30] Mazda Xedos 9 2.5 Automatic 258 g/km 69[31]
Rover 75 4.6 V8 314 g/km 81[32] Volkswagen Passat 4.0 W8 4MOTION 317 g/km 84[33]
Rover 75 4.6 V8 Automatic 319 g/km 83[34] Audi A6 4.2 V8 Tiptronic Quattro 314 g/km 81[35]
Rover 75 2.5 V6 LPG Automatic 214 g/km 51[36] Volvo S60 2.4 Bi-Fuel CNG Geartronic 178 g/km 55[37]
Rover 75 2.0 CDT/CDTi 163 g/km 59[38] SAAB 9-3 2.2 TiD 164 g/km 65[39]
Rover 75 2.0 CDT/CDTi Automatic 190 g/km 69[40] Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 DTi 16v Automatic 208 g/km 75[41]

SafetyEdit

The Rover 75 was designed with reinforced footwells, underfloor box beams, side impact bars and a "ring of steel" around each door opening to prevent jamming in case of an impact.[42] Driver and front passenger head and side airbags are fitted as standard, with side head "windowbags" available as an option until 2005 when they became standard equipment. If the window airbags had been standard equipment at the time of its Euro NCAP crash test in 2001, it would have scored the full five stars for the adult occupant impact rating.[43] Also fitted are disc brakes all round, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) with a traction control system (TCS) available as an option on 2.0 engines and above.[44] On models fitted with Rover's Hi-Line infotainment system, a speed warning indicator was also included. Additionally, electronic stability control (ESC) was due to be made standard fitment on the 75 from the 2006 model year onwards.[45]

The 75 underwent Euro NCAP and ANCAP car safety tests in 2001 and proved itself to be one of the safest cars in its class.

It scored more points overall than the Audi A4,[46] BMW 3-Series,[47] Citroen Xantia,[48] Ford Mondeo,[49] Honda Accord,[50] Hyundai Sonata,[51] Mazda 6,[52] Nissan Primera,[53] SAAB 9-3,[54] Opel/Vauxhall Vectra,[55] Peugeot 406,[56] Toyota Avensis,[57] Volkswagen Passat[58] and Volvo S60[59] which were all on sale at the time. The Rover 75 achieved the following ratings:

Euro NCAP[60]RatingPoints
Adult Occupant: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg 30 out of 36
Child Occupant: n/a __ out of 49
Pedestrian Impact: Star fullStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg 13 out of 36
ANCAP[61]RatingPoints
Overall Score: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg 29.78 out of 35.00

All seats have anti-submarine ramps and three-point inertia reel seat belts with pre-tensioners,[62] while the front seats get additional load limiters and automatic belt height adjustment as standard. In certain markets a seat belt reminder for the driver was fitted. Each seat has an adjustable head restraint with the front ones pivoting on SE models. Thatcham's NCWR organisation (New Car Whiplash Ratings) tested the Rover 75 and awarded it the following scores:

NCWR[63]Score
Geometric: G
Dynamic: M
Overall: M

G = Good A = Acceptable M = Marginal P = Poor

SecurityEdit

A perimetric (and optional volumetric) alarm, engine immobiliser and remote-control central locking with deadbolts are standard equipment on the 75. Alloy wheels are fitted with locking wheel nuts. Automatic locking when driving off is standard, but can be disabled by a dealer. On the inside is a master locking switch and the boot can only be opened by remote control or an interior button.[42] A battery back-up sounder and tracking device called Trackstar were available as options.[44]

The 75 was tested by Thatcham's New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) organisation and achieved the following ratings:[64]

Saloon Rating
Theft of car: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg
Theft from car: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg
Tourer Rating
Theft of car: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg
Theft from car: Star fullStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg

ModelsEdit

1strover75

The first production Rover 75 model, a V6 Connoisseur, 1998

Rover 75 facelift front

Facelifted 2004–05 Rover 75

Lastrover75

The last production Rover 75 model, a CDTi Connoisseur, 2005

1999 – 2003 (Mark I)

  • Classic
  • Classic SE
  • Club
  • Club SE
  • Connoisseur
  • Connoisseur SE
  • Vanden Plas (LWB model)

2004 - 2005 (Mark II)

  • Classic
  • Connoisseur
  • Connoisseur SE
  • Contemporary
  • Contemporary SE
  • Limousine (LWB model)

2006 - on (Roewe 750)

  • 1.8 Turbo Base (18K4G, modified Rover K-Series)
  • 1.8 Turbo High-Line (18K4G, modified Rover K-Series)
  • 2.5 Base (25K4F, modified Rover KV6)
  • 2.5 High-Line (25K4F, modified Rover KV6)

ReviewsEdit

  • Auto Trader Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[65]
    'The 75’s biggest problem was its image; potential buyers just assumed it was hopelessly outclassed by rivals. Nothing could be further from the truth though, as the car could compete on equal terms with some prestigious adversaries'
  • Honest John Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[66]
    'Positives: A fine looking car from all angles. Destined to become a classic'
    'Negatives: Let down by cooling system problems on all K-Series engines, particularly the 1.8'
  • Parker's Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg[67]
    'Pros: Rover refinement and heritage. Handsome looks and a charming, comfortable interior.'
    'Cons: Mid-range Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz [rivals].'
  • RAC Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[68]
    'The Rover 75 Tourer is one of those rare ... cars that retains a genuine sense of occasion whenever you get behind the wheel. The retro clocks and the buttoned down rectitude of the detailing all contributes to a huge feel good factor.'
  • Verdict On Cars Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg[69]
    'Recommended. The standard 75 has an elegance missing from German executive car rivals, with wood and leather harking back to a bygone age. The Tourer estate models are, surprisingly, even prettier and very practical indeed.'
  • What Car? Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[70]
    'For - It's excellent over long distances and smoothes out bumps like a luxury car. It's cheap, well equipped and practical, and comes with olde-worlde charm.'
    'Against - Reliability problems.'
  • Which? Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[71]
    'For: rock-bottom prices | strong diesel engine | lots of equipment | comfortable'
    'Against: patchy reliability | hefty depreciation | no dealer network | limited warranty'
  • Wise Buyer's Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg[72]
    'The elegant 75 showed that Rover ... could build a quality executive car that's refined, reliable, good to drive [with] real presence.'

Awards and accoladesEdit

Rover 75 Ambulance 1

A Rover 75 used as an ambulance

  • What Car? ‘Car of the Year’ 1999.
  • What Car? ‘Compact Executive Car of the Year’ 1999
  • What Car? ‘Diesel Car of the Year’ 1999
  • Auto Express ‘World Car’ 1999
  • The Journal / AA ‘Business Car of the Year’ 1999
  • Italian ‘World's Most Beautiful High Class Saloon’ 1999
  • Bild am Sonntag ‘Golden Steering Wheel Award’ 1999
  • The Society of Plastic Engineers ‘Innovative use of plastic’ for the 75's V6 plastic intake system 1999
  • British International Motor Show ‘Best riding and handling front wheel drive saloon in the world’ 1999
  • Japanese 'Import Car of the Year' 1999
  • Middle East Wheels & Gears ‘Car of the Year’ 1999/2000
  • Japanese 'Import Car of the Year' 2000
  • New Zealand's National Business Review 'Car of the Year' 2000
  • Executive Class ‘Portuguese Car of the Year’ 2000
  • What Car? ‘Compact Executive Car of the Year’ 2000
  • The only executive car to be short-listed in the 2000 ‘European Car of the Year Awards’
  • Used Car Buyer 'Used Car of the Year’ 2000
  • Used Car Buyer ‘Used Car of the Year’ 2001
  • Diesel Car Magazine ‘Compact Executive Car’ 2001
  • JD Power customer satisfaction survey ‘Only European car in the Top 5’ 2001
  • Auto Express Used Car Honours 'Best Diesel Car' 2002
  • Used Car Buyer 'Best Used Medium Car’ 2002
  • ITM ‘Car of the Year' 2002
  • Australian Institute of Transport Management ‘Car of the Year’ 2002
  • Used Car Buyer ‘Used Car of the Year’ 2004
  • Used Car Buyer ‘Best Used Family Car of the Year’ 2004
  • ‘Most popular British Forces Germany tax free car purchase’ 2004
  • Auto Express Drive Power ‘Best Ride Quality’ 2006
  • Auto Trader Used Car Awards 'Best Family Car' 2007

Chinese productionEdit

Production of the Rover 75 and MG ZT ceased when MG Rover Group went into administration in April 2005. The Rover 75 design was purchased by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) in early 2005, although the new MG Rover Group owner, Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corporation (NAC) acquired the tooling for the car. Both companies launched revised versions of the 75/ZT in China. SAIC's model was named the Roewe 750 (following the purchase of the Rover brand by Ford, the Roewe marque was created by SAIC for use worldwide) and NAC's the MG 7.

The Roewe brand and Roewe 750 were launched at the Beijing Motor Show in November 2006. The 750 is based on the long-wheelbase 75 platform, and engineering was completed by Ricardo 2010.[73]

The MG 7 was launched in March 2007.[74] NAC also introduced a long-wheelbase version of the MG 7, called the MG 7L.[75]

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ReferencesEdit

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