The story of what happened when Rover and Honda began an unprecedented collaboration in 1979 is told in the words of former employees in a new book.
The partnership, which resulted in cars such as the Rover 200, 400 and 600, was one of the most ambitious and complex programmes of its kind.
It was a major step toward transferring Japanese approaches to so-called lean manufacturing to the West and affected the working lives of thousands of people in both companies. Each contributor to the book When Rover met Honda – Insights and Memories tells a different story, commenting on how it felt to be involved in what was a ground-breaking experiment.
The book is the brainchild of a former Rover executive, Mike Carver, and is co-edited by Nick Seale and Anne Youngson. The contributors include Japanese and British engineers from design and manufacturing, as well as people from other areas of the company – including finance and the shop floor – whose lives were affected. Honda, which now builds its own cars at a factory at Swindon, broke off the partnership when Rover was sold to BMW in 1994.
When Rover met Honda – Insights and Memories published by CSY Publishing, £14.99, through the Heritage Motor Centre (www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk), selected bookshops or email@example.com