19 October 2012

The Rover 400 1990-94

This is one of three articles about the Rover 400/45 model.


The first Rover 400 (R8) came out in 1990 and was a 4 door saloon (sedan) version of the 200 model. Later a 400 Tourer Estate (wagon) model came along also. The car was a joint venture between Rover and Honda, the latter got the Concerto Model from the collaboration. Being able to produce both cars off the same assembly line bought cost efficiencies for both companies.

Below are production figures for both the Rover 400 and Honda Concerto. The '% 400' column represents the percentage the Rover model got as opposed to it's Honda equivalent. The 1995 year figure is low as the R8 was replaced during the year with the new HH-R model. Combined production for the outgoing and incoming models was 91,200.  





Year 400 H Con % 400
1990 35,500 26,500 57
1991 45,100 36,000 56
1992 47,600 32,400 60
1993 48,500 18,400 72
1994 50,800 8,700 85
1995 22,700 2,200 91
Total 250,200 124,200 67
Avg 41,700 20,700 67

Now for sales of the 400 in two markets only. Often 200/400 sales were combined, so I cannot ascertain sales elsewhere. The 1995 figure includes the new 400 HH-R model too. 

Year UK France
1990 20,500 -
1991 25,400 2,500
1992 23,400 2,600
1993 33,150 3,150
1994 29,550 2,400
1995 47,350 2,450
Total 179,350 13,100
Avg 29,892 2,600

Overall, a convincing effort. Some say it was the best 400, and I am thinking so too. 

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