Interesting story in this week's Automotive News Europe about the latest state of play on MG Rover's much needed 45 replacement. Rob Oldaker says that the company is close to a deal with a potential partner. MGR is still talking to Chinese carmakers but I'm not surprised to see that he refused to rule out a deal with Tata Motors. TM could be a good partner for MG Rover and TM car operations' boss Dr V Sumantrans was pretty positive about MGR-TM synergies when I saw him in Delhi recently - I definitely got the feeling more is going on than the CityRover deal (but on a point of detail, the 45,000 CityRovers figure for supply this year in the ANE article sounds way too high). TM is an ambitious company and if things go well, maybe a scenario in which TM's relationship with MGR deepens still further is not out of the question.