The Rover 'R3' 200-series was introduced in 1995 to replace the Maestro and the existing 200. The new car was developed almost exclusively without assistance from Honda.
With a new body shape designed by Rover and maintaining traditional Rover traits - excellence in steering, suspension and road holding ensured the 200 had very good handling. Power steering, alarm, immobiliser, airbags and side impact bars were all standard.
Available with a range of engines, petrol versions had the K-series 1.4 and 1.6 litre, and diesels L-series, 2-litre turbo unit. From 1997 the 200vi was also available with the 1.8 VVC (variable valve control) engine from the MGF.
This car was the first to come off the line at Longbridge.