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Austin Metro Special Report

What Metro design engineers set out to achieve.

In the mid-seventies, an in-depth analysis of trends for the 1980’s pointed very firmly to an increased demand for high specification small cars the combined overall refinement with economy. Car buyers throughout the UK and Europe were asked what they would like to see in the ideal family hatchback. Their views formed the basis of the design brief given to the Metro development team, who then had the task of producing a car which incorporated all these characteristics: -

1. Room enough for a family, with large load capacity and versatility.
2. Low overall running costs, not just outstanding fuel economy.
3. High degree of safety.
4. The comfort and refinement normally found in bigger cars.
5. Quality and reliability.
6. Appealing and distinctive styling.
7. Functional Shape.
8. Fun to Drive.
9. Overall outstanding value for money.

Where Metro designers scored on interior space and comfort
• Legroom, Shoulder Room, Load space Access, Passenger Access and Asymmetric Split Rear Seat

The Secrets of Metro economy with performance
• Aerodynamic Style, New A-Plus Engine, The Economy of the HLE Engine and Improved Economy

How longer servicing intervals and reduced maintenance were made possible?
• Long Life Battery, Improved Drive-Belt Pulley, Brake Pad Wear Indicator, Reduced Greasing Requirement, Self-Cleaning Points, Long Life Spark Plus, 12000 Miles/ 12 Months Oil Change and Reduced Accident Repair Costs

How Metro was Engineered for Safety
• Passenger Cell and Crumple Zones, Safety Steering Layout, Visibility, Laminated Windscreen, Dual Circuit Braking System, Four Piston Disc Brakes, High-Burst Resistant Locks and Interlocking Sills

What gives Metro its outstanding handling?
• Hydragas Suspension, Steering and Stability

How Metro engineering produced an unusually quiet car of unusually high quality
• Quietness, cutting down the source of noise, Reducing Vibrations, Blocking out other noises, Quality and Finish, Anti-Corrosion, Seam Sealing, Welding Precision/Strength and Total Quality Control

Condition: Used, Exterior in Very Good condition for its age, No Damage to Spine and Corners, interior is Excellent for its age, all pages sit well and are not detached from the spine, no water damage and not defaced.
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