It’s the way the cow was protected That gets me. Not only were they competition but when BMW pulled the plug, their development costs for the 5 series were written off and loaded on Rover, if the scuttlebut is to be believed. Now that at a stroke made sure that Rover couldn’t survive and the story around the badge terms really rammed it home. According to another version I’ve seen almost half of the BMW fleet have utilised some Rover design concepts, which means that Clarkeson et al did a very efficient job For BMW. Not surprisingly they didn’t have to make their Land Rover copies as good as the originals.it was much better than the contemporary BMW 5 series, so it had to die to protect Munich’s cash cow.
And what did Labour do about this flagrant accounting manipulation? Would the French have tolerated it? And at a stroke we lose a volume manufacturer. How convenient.