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20th March 2003


Kim Johnson MG Sport and Racing Ltd, a subsidiary of Phoenix Venture Holdings (PVH), has today announced the following appointment:

Director, MG Sport and Racing Ė Kim Johnson

Kim has enjoyed an active involvement in many disciplines of motor racing and still competes in hill climbs and sprints using an MG F and MG RV8. He has a wealth of experience in vehicle manufacture and, in addition to managing all aspects of the motor sport programme, Kim will be responsible for the development, manufacture and sales of all XPower vehicles. This will commence with the introduction of the new MG XPower SV to the marketplace.

Commenting on the appointment, PVH group chief executive Kevin Howe said: "MG Sport and Racing is now entering a new phase which will include the manufacture and sale of some specialist cars. Kimís experience is absolutely perfect to lead the new team."

Kim takes over from Rob Oldaker who successfully launched the XPower brand and introduced the latest range of MG cars to numerous racing circuits and rallies. In his capacity as the MG Rover Group board director responsible for product development, Rob will be fully occupied delivering many new products.

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications

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