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Steve
09-18-2006, 09:42 PM
I saw on the BBC website today that Ford has bought the Rover name from BMW. Apparently, BMW had still retained the rights to the name and had decided to sell it after the collapse of MG Rover last year.

tony barnhill
09-18-2006, 09:45 PM
Ford - Lincoln - Mercury - Jaguar - Rover

& they're cutting, what, 75,000 jobs & closing plants?

Steve
09-18-2006, 10:08 PM
Yep.....they must have plans for it though, I can't see them buying it otherwise. Apparently they have said that it's an important tie-in with the Land-Rover brand,so who knows?

You forgot Volvo, Aston Martin and Land-Rover, by the way....

Steve_S
09-18-2006, 10:11 PM
At least it didn't get mailed to the far east. It will be interesting to see what happens.

AngliaGT
09-18-2006, 10:12 PM
Volvo is known as "Fjord" now.

- Doug

Steve
09-18-2006, 10:25 PM
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Volvo is known as "Fjord" now.

- Doug

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Rimshot please!

coldplugs
09-19-2006, 05:53 AM
The new guy from Boeing that'll be calling the shots is a very unsentimental no-nonense businessman. He really helped turn Boeing around (for now, anyway) but it wasn't pretty.

My guess is the Rover name deal was in process before he was hired, was relatively inexpensive, and that the name will be bundled with Jaguar if they try to sell that division.

jlaird
09-19-2006, 08:04 AM
Did you hear the rumor that GM and Ford were thinking merger?

Sounds so strange but guess it would be an option.

Baz
09-19-2006, 08:43 AM
Does that mean that both companies will go bankrupt twice as quick? Ford needs to do something soon. Imagine the effect that would have on NASCAR!

jlaird
09-19-2006, 11:22 AM
Ha, they all the same anyway. Then they could share engines and transmissions, etc. and they would really be the same.

Why oh why do all the cars have to look the same, the designers all went to the same school?

R6MGS
09-19-2006, 03:01 PM
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Ford - Lincoln - Mercury - Jaguar - Rover

& they're cutting, what, 75,000 jobs & closing plants?

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/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/iagree.gif Just cut a bunch of jobs in the Ontario plant(might have closed it entirely?) I really can't image what they would do with the Rover name, Rover branded cars haven't ever been really popular on this side of the pond.

DrEntropy
09-19-2006, 03:22 PM
Doug (and Steve by association), now th' keyboard:beersnort ratio is gettin' distressing... Fjord, indeed... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif

AngliaGT
09-19-2006, 04:21 PM
How much you wanna bet that they don't shut down any of the Mexican plants?

- Doug

Steve_S
09-19-2006, 08:08 PM
I didn't know there were manufacturing plants in LA! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jester.gif

AngliaGT
09-19-2006, 10:23 PM
We aren't part of Mexico (yet).

- Doug

tony barnhill
09-20-2006, 08:44 AM
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We aren't part of Mexico (yet).

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No, but the invasion has begun & the invading forces are winning the first battles!

Steve_S
09-20-2006, 02:22 PM
So Cal is a lost cause. No Cal is still safe. I think you need a passport to enter San Diego now. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Keoke
09-20-2006, 02:52 PM
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We aren't part of Mexico (yet).

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No, but the invasion has begun & the invading forces are winning the first battles!

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Yep, but it is well known you can win a few battles but loose the WAR!. --Keoke-AZ- /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cowboy.gif-- /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif

Keoke
09-20-2006, 03:08 PM
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Yep Steve, but ford is gonna need more than a name to stay in the game.- /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif--Keoke

tony barnhill
09-20-2006, 07:34 PM
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Yep, but it is well known you can win a few battles but loose the WAR!.

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That is, if there's an army that's fighting you - we've lost all the battles so far because we're steadily retreating.