It will herald the start of a roll-out of the extended warranty to all Rover cars, the next in line being the facelifted 200/400, to be rebadged 25 and 45, late this year. Next year's new Mini launch is expected to include a similar package. A Rover spokesman said: 'The increase in warranty is not being led by customer demand. It is a reflection of our commitment to our product. Quality of the cars is now much better so it is not expected to cost us any more.'
The three-year/60,000-mile Rover warranty is similar to the one offered by BMW, with a one-year manufacturer warranty, then a two-year dealer warranty. Of the leading fleet manufacturers - Ford, Vauxhall, Renault, Peugeot and Volkswagen - only Volkswagen offers a warranty package of more than 12 months.