Rover pulls out stops for the 75

The new Rover 75 is the company’s first car for more than 20 years not to be compromised by requirements of Rover’s joint venture with Honda, or by lack of investment, the company said this week. The company said the car’s development resources had not been restricted, with a total of £700m invested in the […]

The new Rover 75 is the company’s first car for more than 20 years not to be compromised by requirements of Rover’s joint venture with Honda, or by lack of investment, the company said this week.

The company said the car’s development resources had not been restricted, with a total of £700m invested in the model by BMW.

Rover group design and engineering director Nick Stephenson said: ‘This is the first car for 20 years that is a wholly in-house design. We were given complete freedom with BMW’s backing to design the car ourselves.’

Powertrain specifications on the model include two new engines, a Rover-designed quad cam 2-litre V6, producing 150bhp, and a 2-litre BMW common-rail injection turbo diesel in its first application.

The car goes on sale next spring and will secure 4,500 Rover jobs at Cowley, Oxford.