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13th February 2003


MG Express

MG Rover Group’s strategy to open up niche markets with new and exciting products sees the company enter the commercial vehicles sector for the first time.  The development of car derived vans from the small car platform, brings the total number of vehicles in production at its single Longbridge factory to eleven.


The MG Express, created from the hugely successful MG ZR hot-hatch, provides a new benchmark in the car derived van (CDV) sector, combining class-leading performance with desirability and practicality.  The three-model line-up – 105 petrol, 101Ps turbo diesel and range topping 160 – include high security protection.  Prices start at £8,264 (excl. VAT).


The Rover CDV is derived from the company’s best selling Rover 25.  It brings style, presence and practicality together for the first time in the sector.  Available with a 84Ps 1.4-litre petrol and 101Ps 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, the Rover CDV, priced from £7,072 (excl. VAT), provides outstanding value for money.  High specification features include the intelligent TrafficMaster traffic alert system, ideal for congestion avoidance.  Rover CDV is the only product to feature this equipment as standard.


Both vehicles feature excellent levels of specification, an interior that includes a fully flat rear lined loadspace, partial steel bulkhead (with the option of a full height loadspace grille) and secure lashing points.  The loadspace is best in class and panel sides are large enough to carry a business’ identity.  Approved LPG conversions are available on the 1.4-litre petrol models.


Guy Pigounakis, UK Commercial Director, MG Rover Group, stated: “The announcement of the Rover CDV and MG Express answers the demands of individuals and small business users who desire versatile products that are economic in operation and have distinctive style.  The MG Express and Rover CDV are class-leading delivery vehicles.”


Guy added: “I’m sure a great number of small businesses are going to get very excited about these new car derived vans, which are yet another example of MG Rover Group’s ability to bring innovative products to the market and introduce new desirability into an established market sector.”



Note to Editors:

A double first for both MG and Rover is the fact that neither has produced a car derived van before.  Indeed the only van produced was MG founder Cecil Kimber’s one-off MG M-Type Midget ‘High Speed Service Van’ of 1931 - never intended for production.





Loadspace Dimensions

Aperture max height / width (mm)                                                                              795 / 1125

Max height (mm)                                                                                                                895

Max width / between wheel arches (mm)                                                                    1455 / 905

Max length (mm)                                                                                                              1315

Volume (litres)                                                                                                                    979


Rover colour paint finishes

Solid – Solar Red, Dover White or Midnight Blue

Metallic – Anthracite, Starlight Silver or Seafrost Blue

Pearlescent – British Racing Green, Nightfire Red, Sienna Gold or Royal Blue


MG colour paint finishes

Solid – Solar Red or Trophy Yellow

Metallic – Anthracite, Starlight Silver or XPower Grey

Pearlescent – Le Mans Green, Royal Blue, British Racing Green, Nightfire Red or Trophy Blue


ABI Insurance Ratings

Rover CDV 1.4 derivative                                                                                ABI Group 4E / T1

Rover CDV 2.0-litre turbo diesel                                                                      ABI Group 5E / T1

MG Express – all models                                                                               ABI Group 5E / T1


Rover CDV Technical specification

Engine                                                                 K Series 1.4-litre                   L Series 2.0-litre

Max Power (rpm)                                kW/Ps               62/84 (6000)                       74/101 (4200)

Max Torque (rpm)                               Nm                      110 (4500)                           240 (2000)


Performance and economy are similar to the donor Rover 25 car, but will be affected by the combined weight of options, passengers and the loads carried.


Unladen weight                                   kg                                1000                                    1115

Max. laden weight                               kg                                1520                                    1600

Max. load front/rear axle                      kg                            830/750                               915/750

Total carrying capacity                        kg                                  520                                     485


MG Express Technical specification

Model                                                105                                   TD                                   160

Engine                                               K Series                        L Series                VVC K Series

Engine capacity                                  1.4-litre                  2.0-litre turbo diesel                  1.8-litre

Max Power – kW/Ps (rpm)                  76/103 (6000)             74/101 (4200)           118/160 (7000)

Max Torque – Nm                               123 (4500)                    240 (2000)                    174 (4500)


Performance and economy are similar to the donor MG ZR car, but will be affected by the combined weight of options, passengers and the loads carried.


Unladen weight (kg)                            1015                                1125                                1070

Max. laden weight (kg)                        1520                                1600                                1550

Max.axle weight F/R (kg)                     830/750                         915/750                         830/750

Total carrying capacity                        505                                   475                                   480



Make                                                                   Rover

Model                                                                   CDV          

Engine                                                       1.4 Petrol     2.0 TD

Power output                                             84Ps            101Ps

List Price                                                    £7,072         £8,264

VAT                                                            £1,238         £1,446

List Price inc. VAT                                     £8,310         £9,710

Van Preparation Charge inc. VAT              £500              £500

VED & First Reg. fee                                   £185              £185

O.T.R. Price                                               £8,995       £10,395


Standard Features                                     1.4              2.0 TD

Remote central door locking                          std                   std

Perimetric & volumetric alarm                        std                   std

TrafficMaster traffic alert system                    std                   std

Front door cup holders                                  std                   std

Rear screen wash / wipe                               std                   std


CDV Specific Features

Fully flat rear loadspace floor (2 piece)           std                   std

Fully lined rear loadspace side walls              std                   std

Carpeted rear loadspace floor                        std                   std

Steel lashing points (4)                                 std                   std

Partial steel bulkhead                                   std                   std


Options Availability                                         Rover CDV             List             VAT       Retail

                                                                  1.4              2.0 TD       Price £          £       Price £

Full height loadspace grille                            O                       O       63.83         11.17            75

Luxury pack                                                 O                       O       42.55          7.45            50

ABS                                                            O                       O       276.60        48.40          325

Air conditioning                                            O                       O       591.49       103.51         695

Becker Traffic Pro Sat Navigation                   O                       O       846.81       148.19         995

Driver's seat height & lumbar                         O                       O       127.66        22.34          150

Electric sunroof                                            O                       O       446.81        78.19          525

Folding boot box & convenience hook            O                       O       42.55          7.45            50

Front fog lights                                             O                       O       148.94        26.06          175

Metallic / pearlescent paint                           O                       O       276.60        48.40          325

Passenger airbag                                         O                       O       148.94        26.06          175

Full size steel spare wheel                            O                       O       63.83         11.17            75

Space saver spare wheel                              O                       O       42.55          7.45            50

Ultrasonic rear parking sensors                     O                       O       212.77        37.23          250

CD Tuner (i.l.o. radio cassette)                      O                       O       148.94        26.06          175




Make                                                                   MG

Model                                                             EXPRESS

Identity                                             105              TD              160

Engine                                              1.4 16v      2.0 TD    1.8 VVC

Power output                                    103Ps        101Ps       160Ps

List Price                                          £8,264       £8,774     £11,468

VAT                                                  £1,446       £1,536       £2,007

List Price inc. VAT                            £9,710      £10,310    £13,475

Van Preparation Charge inc VAT     £500           £500           £500

VED & First Registration fee             £185           £185           £185

On-the-road Price                             £10,395    £10,995    £14,160


Standard Features                            105              TD              160

Remote central door locking                std               std               std

Perimetric & volumetric alarm              std               std               std

Air conditioning                                   O                  O                std

Electric front windows                         O                  O                std

Electric door mirrors                            O                  O                std

Alloy wheels                                       std               std               std

Front door cup holders                        std               std               std

ABS with EBD                                    O                  O                std

Rear screen wash / wipe                     std               std               std

Kenwood standard radio cassette         std               std               std


Specific Features

Fully flat rear loadspace floor               std               std               std

Fully lined rear loadspace side walls     std               std               std

Carpeted rear loadspace floor               std               std               std

Steel lashing points (4)                        std               std               std

Partial steel bulkhead                          std               std               std

                                                                                                        List             VAT    Retail

Options Availability                          105              TD              160     Price £          £     Price £

Full height loadspace grille                  O                  O                  O     63.83         11.17         75

Luxury pack                                       O                  O                  O     42.55          7.45          50

ABS                                                  O                  O                std     276.60        48.40       325

Air conditioning                                   O                  O                std     591.49       103.51      695

Becker Traffic Pro Sat Navigation         O                  O                  O     846.81       148.19      995

Driver's seat height & lumbar                O                  O                std     127.66        22.34       150

Electric door mirrors                            O                  O                  O     191.49        33.51       225

Electric front windows                         O                  O                  O     276.60        48.40       325

Electric sunroof                                  O                  O                  O     446.81        78.19       525

Folding boot box & convenience hook   O                  O                  O     42.55          7.45          50

Front fog lights                                   O                  O                std     148.94        26.06       175

Leather steering wheel                        O                  O                std     127.66        22.34       150

Metallic / Pearlescent paint                 O                  O                  O     276.60        48.40       325

Passenger airbag                                O                  O                  O     148.94        26.06       175

Sculpted side sill finishers                   O                  O                std     191.49        33.51       225

Space saver spare wheel                     O                  O                  O     42.55          7.45          50

TrafficMaster traffic alert system           O                  O                  O     127.66        22.34       150

Ultrasonic rear parking sensors            O                  O                  O     212.77        37.23       250

17" Alloys ilo 16" alloys                       O                  O                std     234.04        40.96       275

Kenwood upgraded radio cassette        O                  O                  O     85.11         14.89       100

Kenwood single CD Tuner                    O                  O                  O     140.43        24.57       165

Kenwood single CD / MP3 tuner           O                  O                  O     225.53        39.47       265


Issued by MG Rover Group Communications

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