One of Britain's most legendary motoring marques could be brought out of mothballs in a bid to revitalise Rover. Austin, fondly remembered by few for Seventies models such as the Maestro, Allegro and Princess, is being tipped by industry insiders as the name the company will choose for a new supermini. The car, a spiritual successor to the Metro/100 range, will rival BMW's new Mini. Also believed to be in development is an MPV based on the 75 platform, and a mid-sized saloon to replace the 45. Boss John Towers has confirmed talks will begin shortly to find a big-name partner to develop the cars. A spokesman said: "Lots of things are being considered."