Rover 45 Car Guide

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Rover 45

The history of the Rover 45

The 400 (later the Rover 45) is a small car produced by the British automaker from 1990 to 2005. The car was during Rover’s collaboration Honda, and all generations of the car were from re-developed Honda first the Honda Concerto and the Honda Civic.

The original 400 launched as a four-door saloon in 1990, was simply a saloon of the R8 200 Series hatchback, and like the was based on the Honda Concerto. It the same core structure and as the Honda, but the rear-end redesign of the and structure was unique to Rover, being no Honda UK equivalent. trim and electrical architecture all carried over from the 5-door, vehicle.

An estate or wagon version, the ‘400 was subsequently developed by Rover Products, based on the extended of the 400, offering an alternative to the touring BMW 3 Series and Audi 80 estates that had become popular, a first attempt to Rover Group estate away from the utilitarian end of the

The diesel powerplant was supplied by PSA Citroën in 1.8 turbodiesel and 1.9 normally configurations. Petrol Models first use of the Rover K series (along with the MkII in 1.4 litre form. 1.6 L models powered by the Honda D series in both single cam and twin cam

2.0 litre models were by the Rover T series engine in normally aspirated and, in a run, turbocharged form rapid performance.

It had no official though its launch coincided a winding-down in production of the slightly Montego.

A mid-life facelift on the 200) saw the reintroduction of the Rover which had also reappeared on the R17 a facelift of the Rover 800. change was achieved without change to the remaining structure, but reinforce the family look and a certain distance from the Concerto. and support the development of a ‘bread and butter’ image for the Rovers especially in southern markets where sales to grow. This design was a partial answer to criticism many cars had become anonymous during the search for aerodynamics.

The second generation 400 codenamed Theta or HH-R, was in the summer of 1995 as a hatchback and a saloon. This time it was on the Honda Domani, which had released in Japan in 1992, as was the Honda Civic five-door It was no longer closely related to the 200 which was revised independently by but still shared many with the 400.

Power from 1.4 and 1.6-litre K-Series, Honda D series SOHC gearbox only) and 2.0 L Rover T petrol engines, as well as a L-Series turbodiesel from the luxurious 600 Series.

The Rover 400 may have been as a small family car, due to its in size and engine range models such as the Ford Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen but Rover inserted some trim in the dashboard and priced the car in the family car segment. A subsequent saloon with a huge was developed for the 400, this was to expand the appeal of the model into the executive car segment and from the perceived ‘family-car’ in parts of the market where to hatchbacks was and remains considerable. was however not available at the initial of the HH-R family.

The 2nd generation 400 was popular, being Britain’s best selling new car in 1996, but three years it had fallen out of the top 10 and had even been outsold by the Passat and the Peugeot 406 .

As part of the between Honda and Jaguar Australia, a rebadged version of the Honda Integra five-door was sold in Australia as the Rover Produced from 1985 years before the R8 Rover to 1989, the 416i was originally only as a single model, but SE and Vitesse specification were added. The three-door Integra was sold in Australia as a Honda.

In the autumn of 1999, the 400 Series was (under the codename Oyster) and Rover 45. Although instantly as the same car which had been as an inexpensive alternative to other family cars during the part of the 1990s, Rover now realised the error of their strategy and it was priced/marketed as a small car. From the summer of a re-engineered hot hatch version of the 45 was sold as the MG ZS.

The 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines carried over from the 400 but the 2.0 four-cylinder petrol unit was by a 2.0-litre V6 from the larger 75 — although this power was only available on saloon The 45 came equipped with the seating of the 75 and whilst the 400 models very well, the suspension was to give much better ride characteristics with steering. This gave the 45, post-2003 models which suspension mods with the MG handling as good as most and than some of its rivals.

The 45 was with Continuously Variable (CVT) supplied by the German ZF Sachs AG which had also previously used in the MGF. particular design of CVT consists of an laminated steel belt external oil cooler) running on pulleys. MG Rover had many returned to the German supplier.

With the retention of MG Rover’s gearbox factory by BMW, ended up purchasing their own from BMW who hiked up the price so that Rover subsequently elsewhere for a supplier. This out to be Ford and later Rover models up to 1.6 were fitted a Ford gearbox. With all the that MG Rover had made to model, the later versions had in common with its Honda apart from the body

Initially, the Rover 45 sold well thanks to its good levels, comfortable interior and prices. While the asking remained modest, however, the 45 began to lose its popularity in the of more modern rivals the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Peugeot 307 and Volkswagen Golf — the 45, based on the 1992 Honda was a very outdated car in terms of compared to its contemporaries by this

A facelift in the spring of 2004 was MG last effort to boost of the Rover 45, including a new front and end, a re-designed dash, suspension settings, improved and lower prices, necessitated by the end of production in Japan. Production of the car in April 2005 due to MG Rover’s

The Rover 45 design is controlled by and the company is believed to have schematics and tooling relating to the 45 and ZS before MG Rover was sold to Automobile Group.

Stocks of the Rover 45 lasted for two years after the end of production.

the late 1990s, replacements for the 25 and 45 models were developed by Group under the codename Intended for launch in 2003 as the 35 and 55, these would have based on an all-new platform. At these would have K-series engines, but new Valvetronic were anticipated to be introduced by

The R30 project was cancelled when BMW its ownership of Rover Group in

[edit] RD/X60Following the termination of the R30 from 2001, MG Rover to replace the 45 with a model based on the Rover 75 platform. referred to as the RD/X60 project also written RDX60), the was intended to comprise the following RD60 (Rover hatchback), X60 (MG RD61 (Rover saloon) and (Rover tourer estate).

The would have been than its rivals, and would shared the Rover 75’s luxurious ride quality. A of how the RD62 Tourer might was given at the 2002 Geneva Show in the form of the Rover TCV Concept Vehicle) concept

However, during the design MG Rover’s design partner Tom Racing (TWR) went administration — blamed on the financial of their Formula One team MG Rover lost most of the design work for the new vehicle in set-back and, in simple had lost £100 million Shocked at having lost so MG Rover ended up paying more millions of pounds to the TWR in order to have all CAD work

However this major made them lose designers, models and resources, and MG could not afford to start all again without cutting and did not have the financial resources to lay the production tooling. Although did not give up, designers from the retold their stories, that the RDX60 progressed little up until 2005.

salvation looked possible in when a joint venture was between SAIC (a large company) and MG Rover. However, took over a year to a deal and within that time MG Rover had found with no money after bad of the face-lifted 25/45/75 and the release of the 75 V8.

SAIC had bought the intellectual to some of MG Rover it released a called the Roewe W2. Itself on the Rover 75 platform, it is reported to derived from previous on the RD/X60 project. The W2 entered in 2008 as the Roewe 550.

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