MAKING TRACKS; Mini Metro Line on Move . . . to China

By Stephens, Edward | Birmingham Evening Mail (England), February 13, 1999 | Go to article overview

MAKING TRACKS; Mini Metro Line on Move . . . to China


Stephens, Edward, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)


ROVER'S legendary Mini Metro is set to get a new lease of life under a multi-million-pound deal to make the Birmingham car in China.

A Walsall company has bought the complete production line and plans to ship it lock, stock and barrel to Asia.

Production of the Metro stopped at Longbridge in February 1998 after more than 17 years.

More than two million were made, although the name was changed to Rover 100 in 1994.

Now D & P Engineering has bought the production line in a deal which will see the little car made abroad.

Managing director Peter Langston said he intended to advertise the equipment in Asia, Egypt and Brazil, although China was one of the favourites to buy.

His company had spent the last five months stripping out the production line and now had the equipment in storage awaiting a buyer.

He said that under an agreement with Rover the company which produces the car would not be allowed to fit the Rover grille or any Rover badges. …

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