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Austin Metro
Austin Metro Auto 1983.jpg
Manufacturer Austin Rover Group
Rover Cars
Rover (BMW)
An aw cried Rover Metro
MG Metro
Morris Metro
Production 1980–1997
(2,078,218; includes Rover 100)[1]
Assembly Longbridge, Birmingham, Ingland
Successor Nane, Indirect:
Rover 200 MkIII/Rover 25
MG ZR
CityRover
MINI
Class Supermini
Body style 5-door hatchback
3-door hatchback
3-door van
2-door convertible
Layout Front-ingine, front-wheel drive
Ingine 1.0 A-Series  Straight-4
1.3 A-Series  Straight-4
1.3 A-Series  Straight-4 turbo
1.1 SPI K-series 8V
1.4 SPI K-series 8/16V
1.4 MPI K-series 8/16V

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.

At the time o its launch, the Metro wis sold as an Austin. Frae 1982, MG versions became available. Frae 1990 until its withdrawal in 1997, the Metro wis sold anerlie as a Rover.

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.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Austin Rover Online". Austin-rover.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2010.