The launch of Rover`s flagship 75 model at the Birmingham Motor Show two years ago was undermined by BMW executives -- led by their then chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder -- to put pressure on Rover unions, writes the UK`s Financial Times (12/12/00). The FT says that the German auto-maker was at that time in negotiations to demand productivity alongside concessions from Rover employees. Citing Mr Pischetsrieder, the FT reports that there was no chance of getting the unions to do this without a crisis, so a crisis was manufactured.