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2020-05-21

Rootes

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Rootes Group included Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam, Singer, and Talbot. It was swallowed up by Chrysler Europe, which also included SIMCA and was a partner with Matra.

Rootes Group companies were among the earliest makers of motor vehicles, from the days when “mass production” meant hundreds of cars per year. 

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Rootes Group included Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam, Singer, and Talbot. It was swallowed up by Chrysler Europe, which also included SIMCA and was a partner with Matra.

Rootes Group companies were among the earliest makers of motor vehicles, from the days when “mass production” meant hundreds of cars per year. 

When Rootes was near bankruptcy, Chrysler injected capital and updated carlines. When Chrysler itself failed, it sold Rootes and SIMCA to Peugeot, which temporarily renamed them Talbot

The Horizon was the last “Chrysler Europe” car to be produced, surviving in the US into 1990. (The last true Rootes car was the Arrow/Hunter series).

The Rootes Group was a British automobile manufacturer, which was based in the Midlands and south of England. Rootes was the parent company of many well-known British marques, including Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam, Talbot, Commer and Karrier. At its height Rootes had plants in the Midlands at Coventry and Birmingham, in the south at Acton, Luton, Dunstable, Maidstone and Canterbury, and in the west of Scotland at Linwood. The company no longer exists, having been taken over in stages by Chrysler, and subsequently sold to Peugeot and, in part, Renault.

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