Despite these moves, and hints from Rover that the extended warranty could also be introduced to more of the range when the face-lifted 200 and 400 models go on sale early next year, the key fleet manufacturers are sticking to one year's cover. Of Ford, Vauxhall, Renault, Peugeot and Volkswagen, only VW offers a warranty package of over 12 months.
The news from Rover and Mercedes has not brought about any sign of a change of heart. A Ford spokesman, for example, said: 'It's one year and that's the way it is staying' while the comment at Vauxhall was: 'There are no immediate plans to change anything. It's something we will be monitoring, but that's as far as it goes.'