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Austin Metro
aka Type aka here, not up there
Production 1980-1998
Class city car
Body Style 3 door hatchback, 5 door hatchback
Length 3405mm
Width 1549mm
Height 1361mm
Wheelbase 2250mm
Weight 771kg
Transmission transmission + drive
Engine 998cc S-4
Power 47.0 hp @ N/A 5500rpm
N/A 55lb-ft of torque @ 3300 rpm
Similar Fiat Panda
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

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Styles and Major Options

The Austin Metro had a wide variety of trim options from the basic standard model through to Luxury VP (Vanden Plas) , the later having sunroof, polished wood door cappings, tinted windows, leather bound steering wheel etc. There where also sporting versions initially starting with the 1.3 s and then MG and MG Turbo versions. Initially only available in 3 door form the Austin Metro later came in 5 door which boosted sales.

Commercial versions of the Metro also where available, initially known as the Morris later as either Metro van or there codes including 310. Companies also produced there own pick up versions too based on the car.

When the Metro was relaunched as Rover Metro in 1990 it had a huge choice from the outset from the basic version 1.1c, through to the luxurious GS which took over from the VP . For people wanting something more sporty there were none other than 2 sporty versions to choice from, one being the GTA and the second was the GTI. Another bonus was that the Rover Metro was launched as 3 and 5 door from the start.


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1980 - 1990 A series engine re enginered as the A+ either 998 or 1300 cc , available as 4 speed manual or Auto (1.3)

1990 - 1998 K series engine as 1.1 , 1.4 , 1.6 and available with 4 or 5 speed manual also automatic with the 1.4


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Unlike its competitors the Metro had Hydrogas suspension, this was a system usin spheres containing a gas pouch and then filled with liquid.

The Metro also had a folding rear seat to allow more boot space, now although this had already been used before the way it was designed was different in that it had a 60 - 40 split. This meant you could still carry 1 or 2 people and a bulky item at the same time. This type of seating soon became commonplace in many cars.


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===Fourth generation (1995–1998)=== Facelifted and renamed the Rover 100, changes include new bonnet, lights, bumpers Main Article: Rover Metro ===Third generation (1990–1995)=== Re-engineered and rebranded as Rover Metro with new engines , front lengthened and redesigned, hydrogas suspension improved with interconntection Main Article: Rover Metro ===Second generation (1985–1990)=== Facelifted with new bonnet, grille , lights bumpers and redesigned interior. 5 door version also introduced

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1981 Design council award for its excellent use of interior space, easy access comfort and safety.

1981 Duke of Edinburgh's Designers prize

1981 Don Safety award for its excellent safety package in spite of its small dimensions and weight.

What Car - Best small car 1981

RAC Dewar Trophy for outstanding engineering and low maintenance

Guild of Motoring writers Top Car 81

See Also

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British Leyland

Triumph | Lanchester | Woleseley | Alvis | Rover | BSA | Standard | Jaguar | Morris | Austin | Vanden Plas

P3 · P4 · P5 · P6 · SD1 · 25 · 75 (post-P4) · 45 · 400 · 200 · 100 (post-P4) · 800 · 600 · CityRover · Estoura · Streetwise

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John Kemp Starley and William Sutton Corporate website A brand of the SAIC group


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