World debut for MG Rover Group sports car

11 October 2002 #SMMT News

Motor Show welcomes back Kia

Show organiser the SMMT is delighted to learn that MG Rover Group has chosen the British International Motor Show, sponsored by The Daily Telegraph, for the world debut of its new ‘high performance sports car’. Also premiering, are a number of special edition models produced with the help of Atomic Kitten and fashion designer Mathew Williamson.

Commenting on the news, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are thrilled that MG Rover Group has decided to launch its new sports model at this year’s event. As an international showcase for the industry, the event is the perfect place to show the strength of British design to the rest of the world. It’s great news that this British car will see its world debut on home soil.’

Korean car company Kia has also announced it will be returning to the Show, the first motor show it has attended in the UK since 1997. Making its UK debut in Hall 2 will be its new prestige SUV, the Sorento.

As the Show draws closer the public appetite for this year’s event shows no sign of waning. Advance ticket sales have now reached 58,000, enough people to fill the football grounds of Premiership sides Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.

With a list of world, European and UK debuts growing by the day, it’s no wonder the Show is generating so much interest:

Confirmed Motor Show debuts – 11 October2002


007 Cars:

– Aston Martin Vanquish

– Ford Thunderbird

– Modified 400 bhp Jaguar XKR convertible

MG Rover Group high performance sports car

TVR T350C Coupé


Daihatsu Copen

Ford 4×4 Ranger


Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

Audi A8

Audi All road 4.2 Quattro

Audi S4

Bentley Continental GT Coupé

Caterham Superlight R300

Chrysler Crossfire

Chrysler Jeep Renegade

Citröen C Air Dream Concept Car

Citröen C8

Citröen C3 Pluriel

Citröen New Look Berlingo

Citröen New Look Berlingo Multispace

Daewoo Kalos

Ferrari Enzo

Fiat Ulysse

Fiat Stilo MP Wagon

Ford Fiesta New 3-door

Ford Streetka

Ford Sportka

Ginetta G20 – WIN200

Honda Accord

Jaguar XJ Series

Lexus IS200 SportCross

Mazda 6 MPS Concept

Mazda RX-8 Mazda 2

Mercedes-Benz 367 hp CLK 55 AMG Coupé

Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution

Nissan Micra

Nissan Almera

Nissan Primastar LCV

Peugeot 807

Peugeot 206 GTi 180 bhp

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Boxster

Renault Mégane

Renault Espace

Seat Cordoba

Seat Salsa ‘Red’ Concept

Skoda 1.2L Fabia Classic

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

SMART Roadster

Toyota Landcruiser

Vauxhall Meriva

Vauxhall Concept S – Eco-Speedster

Vauxhall 3-door Astra 2L Turbo GSi

Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen Touareg

Volvo XC90

Volvo V70R

Volvo S60R

Notes to editors:

Opening hours and dates for British International Motor Show 2002

Press Day

22 Oct 8.00 am to 7.00 pm

Business Day

23 Oct 9.00 am to 7.00 pm

Daily Telegraph Preview Day

24 Oct 9.00 am to 7.00 pm

Public Days

25 Oct – 2 Nov 9.30 am to 7.00 pm

3 Nov 9.30 am to 5.30 pm


On the door / In advance*

Adult £15 / £12

Child/senior citizen £7.50 / £6

Daily Telegraph Preview Day £40 / £25

* Advance discounts end this Sunday, 13 October 2002. Tickets available via or by calling the Motor Show hotline on 0870 906 2002

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