The Metro is a supermini caur that wis produced bi the Austin Rover Group division o British Leyland an its successors. It wis launched in 1980 as the Austin miniMetro. It wis intended tae complement the Mini, an wis developed under the codename LC8.
During its 18-year lifespan, the Metro wore mony names: Austin Metro, MG Metro an Rover Metro. It wis re-badged as the Rover 100 series in 1994. There wur also van versions kent as the Morris Metro an later, Metrovan.
Although the new Rover 200 (introducit in 1995 an smawer than previous 200 models) haed oreeginally been designed as a replacement for the Metro, it wis na mercatit as such efter its launch. A direct replacement in the supermini class did na arrive till 2003 wi the CityRover. The Rover 100 finally ceased production in 1997, ironically being oot-lived (bi twa years) bi the oreeginal Mini it wis meant tae replace.
- "Austin Rover Online". Austin-rover.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2010.