Where do these so called motoring journalists learn their motoring history?
1. "Metros with red seatbelts and talking Maestros weren't exactly true to the company's DNA" Cecil Kimber, the source of MG's DNA started by taking box standard Morris cars and tweaking the suspension and engine. Just as with the Metros and Maestros. The body changes came slightly later but the running gear was essentially a Morris. The MG Octagon badge evolved later still.
2. "renowned designer Gerry McGovern" Mr McGovern was not renowned until the EX-E came out.