##Rover Badge--left##Ford is negotiating to buy the Rover brand name following the final break-up of BMW's UK subsidiary and the US firm's chief executive Jac Nasser sees a role for Rover as a prestige small and medium car brand, sitting under Volvo in its Premier Automotive Group.
John Towers, head of the Phoenix Consortium, met Rover Group chairman and chief executive Werner Samann this week to table details of his bid in a meeting arranged after Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers.
The wealthy Thames Valley region spreading from Marlborough in the west to the Essex estuary covers the traditional stockbroker belts of Surrey, Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
It is Ford's own country, the carmaker employs thousands in the region, so it's hardly surprising that Thames outperforms national sales. The surprise though is the appearance of BMW in the top 10.
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