Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Rover 200: 1990-95

This is one of four articles about the Rover 200/25 model.

The second generation Rover 200 (R8) was a model that came as a 3-door, 5-door, 2-door coupe, 2-door cabriolet and 5-door estate (wagon). It also had several engine options, both petrol and diesel. The variations were a big lift from the previous model. Rover were serious about this car. The 4-door version was called the 400 and was often combined with the 200 in statistics, which I don’t agree with. True, it was basically the same car, but was marketed with a separate model number and as a unique variation. Regardless, how did the new 200 go? The production data is as below. The figure in brackets includes the previous/next model.


1989 10,200 (97,000)
1990 96,200
1991 112,200
1992 108,400
1993 110,300
1994 140,300
1995 92,400 (95,900)



Considering the step up on series one, I think production figures were a bit disappointing. The car had gone a little up market though and production was up on the series one. The 200 range had created a solid foundation for Rover, winning back consumer confidence and customers. The future looked bright for the company. Could the next model continue the momentum?

PS. The UK, France and the Netherlands sales are below. The French certainly took to the car positively. The Netherlands figure may be a bit low due to the fact the source is vague with a few figures.


Year Britain / France / Neder
1990 62,500 / _7,150 / 1,050
1991 68,100 / 11,800 / 1,850
1992 77,200 / 13,100 / 1,150
1993 77,800 / 15,800 / 1,300
1994 80,300 / 20,300 / 1,150
1995 68,100 / 16,000 / _800

Pics: www.rover-forum.thersr.co.uk

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