The small car on which the State-financed British Leyland Group is staking its future and on which one hundred thousand British jobs depend was formally launched in London on Wednesday (8 October).
GV EXTERIOR Mini Metro setting out on test run in UK home counties. (Hurley)
SV TRACKING SHOT Metro down country lane.
GV TRACKING SHOT Metro along motorway.
SV INTERIOR Metro showing dashboard.
GV Metro pulls into layby.
SV Bonnet opened to show engine.
SV Metro back seats fold forward making estate car space.
GV Mini Metro driving round corner past country inn.
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Background: The small car on which the State-financed British Leyland Group is staking its future and on which one hundred thousand British jobs depend was formally launched in London on Wednesday (8 October). The signs so far for British Leyland are good with more than twenty two thousand advance orders.
SYNOPSIS: Few cars have enjoyed as much pre-launch publicity as British Leyland's Metro dubbed the "mighty mini" by British Leyland chairman Sir Michael Edwardes. The cheapest car will go on the market at three thousand and ninety four pounds Sterling, (7,100 dollars) carefully priced to be less than Ford's Fiesta.
The special economy model does eighty three miles on a gallon (3.5 litres to 100 kms) of petrol at a steady thirty miles (48 kms) an hour. All the cars do better than fifty miles to the gallon (5.6 litres to 100 kms) at fifty six miles (90 kms) an hour. The Metro is a two-door, front wheel-drive hatchback powered by a transversely mounted engine. Its an advance version of the Mini, the revolutionary stage-setter in the baby care field twenty years ago.
Part of the rear seat can fold forward to give extra carrying space while still leaving a back seat. BL's computer-controlled robot assembly plant at Birmingham has slashed the labour force. The company has invested two hundred and eighty million pounds Sterling (680 million dollars) on the Metro and is now making two thousand Metros a week, but its plant is capable of building six and a half thousand a week.