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Seems there's a lurker from the mirror about.

Can we give him / her our views on the press and media in general in one place, for easy reading.
 

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the press have been a thorn in the side of Rover ever since the days of British Leyland and has ultimately caused this problem today by being unable to keep out of the business between MG-Rover Group and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, due to making up incessant stories about MGR just because theey had no other news to print.
 

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The thing that really interests me is if without the effect of the negative media MGR could have maintained enough sales to survive until the launch of any new product. With new aluminium sportcars rumoured to be only a few months away from production, it is a very real possibility that bad press has dealt a lethal blow at a minute to midnight.

While many will see press criticism of the Phoenix 4 as legitimate, the workforce have behaved admirably throughout, and they are the ones who are suffering now as a result of bad press about the P4.

I sincerely hope that the press will get behind the workforce, and campaign for the viable elements of MGR, including newly developed models, to be retained within the UK, under UK ownership.
While foreign ownership may provide the easiest solution, any foreign acquisition of MGR is unlikely to have the workforces best interests at heart, especially in the longer term.
 

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There's an obvious witch hunt for the P4 in most papers.

Thing is, I don't think they've thought for a minute what the consquences of printing the half truths and rumour (passed off as fact) would be.

I had some email tennis with a Guardian journo last week and he just couldn't grasp the concept that his innacurate and irresponsible reporting had had an effect on sales.
 

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It would be nice to see the press taking the same attitude as the politicians. Apportioning blame is much less useful than working out what can be salvaged from the situation.
Any articles in such a vein may be the exception to the P4 bashing, and so would have journalistic merit.
A good scoop on MGRs product development program could really affect the prospects of investors coming in and continuing the tradition of building first rate sportcars.
 

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Over the past five years, the only tabloid journalist to make any positive remarks about MGR has been Ken Gibson in the Sun. Even when the (Saturday edition of the) Daily Telegraph had an MGR supplement a couple of years back, their other car hacks derided the products.

Only the 75 & ZT range, along with the TF are worth saving, and money - if there was to be any - should be ploughed into bringing the RD60 into production.

The only way forward is to have a rationalised product range, concentrating on NEW or NEWER models & two-seater sportscars.

Deals with TATA and Sonalika should be kicked into touch ASAP, and forgotten about, along with pie in the sky plans for rebadged SUVs.
 

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DillTheDog said:
Only the 75 & ZT range, along with the TF are worth saving, and money - if there was to be any - should be ploughed into bringing the RD60 into production.

The only way forward is to have a rationalised product range, concentrating on NEW or NEWER models & two-seater sportscars.

Deals with TATA and Sonalika should be kicked into touch ASAP, and forgotten about, along with pie in the sky plans for rebadged SUVs.
The 25 and 45 have come to the end of the road, at least as far as Europe is concerned, though the ZS has its merits.
The new sportcars should definitely be put into production as part of a UK only operation.
But there are big question marks hanging over the (superb) 75/ZT platform and any luxury or medium sized derivatives under development. There are good cars there waiting to get out - but who will get them?

Sonalika is still an ideal partner for the diesel engine, if any future MGR products require a diesel powerplant. Any engineering & design consultancy work by MGR to these manufacturers should continue. Its easy money that will come back to the UK.
 

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If there is a lurker from the Mirror around here, at least his paper did have something positive to say about MGR products today in the form of Richard Hammond's commentary. Shame the rest of the article by a staff writer seemed to be intent on bashing P4 as the evil bosses & another commentary took the familar and boring 'old men's cars' line. Anyone got a copy of Hammond's commentary to post here?
 
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