The concept version of MG’s future supermini has been revealed at the Beijing motor show. Dubbed the MG Zero, the concept was designed and engineered in the UK, and is best thought of as an embellished version of the final production car, which is thought to be called the MG3.
The handsome hatchback would be aimed squarely at best-sellers like the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio, and would suggest that the Chinese-owned manufacturer is serious about returning to Europe with a range of models.
MG Motors has announced the international launch of the MG6, the first all new MG motor car since the launch of the MGF sports car. The MG6 is a sporting five seat fastback model, designed to capture the character of the MG brand and bring something different to the volume market.
There is no word on the technical specs yet, but speculation has it that power will come from a 1.8L 4-cylinder making 133-hp and a peak torque 135 lb-ft. A turbocharged version will produce 160-hp and a maximum torque of 158 lb-ft.
The new MG6 will enter production next month at a new MG plant in Lingang, China. The launch takes place at the Guangzhou Auto show in China and is the beginning of an exciting new global future for the MG brand.
The launch in China, the world’s largest automotive market begins the international roll out of sales of MG6 which includes the UK. Sales in China will begin in January and plans for the UK and other markets will be released during 2010.
It was also announced today that production of MG6 for the China market will begin at the brand new state of the art factory in Lingang, China in December 2009. It is also planned to commence production of MG6 at the Birmingham plant in the UK before the end of 2010.
The world famous MG brand has never had such a bright future as it starts to expand global sales with an exciting new range of products.
MG6 Key Dimensions
Length: 4651 mm
Width: 1826 mm (without mirrors)
Height: 1480 mm
The MG6 proudly displays a new modernized version of the famous MG octagon badge for the first time. This new design is planned to carry forward on to all new MG models.
This new branding features in the new corporate identity for the launch in China which also uses the Morris Garages naming. This reflects the pride in the history of the brand, the need to communicate this in new markets and is a clear differentiator for the MG brand.
Welcome to the new members that have joined since the last issue.
We would like to thank Gene Lillie, Mark Summers, Marc Meccia and all of the other contributors to this issue of the Octagon. Also thanks to Art Isaacs for his continued work in answering members’ technical questions and answers. Be sure to send in photos and stories so we can include them in future issues of the Octagon.
American MGB Association Meet 2010 will be held in Sussex, Wisconsin in June. This is just outside of Milwaukee and more details are in this issue with up to date information always on our website at www.mgclub.org.
In addition to the items found in our regular club regalia / store, more store merchandise including tote bags, caps, sweat pants, shorts and other items can be found at our Fieldhouse Club Store located at www.fieldhouse.com/amgba.
I am sure you have noticed the improvement in the look and feel of the Octagon. The pages are larger, the paper is better and the quality of the color pictures is considerably better with more vivid colors. We have made a change in printers to make a better looking magazine. Let me know what you think of the changes.
We now have member grille badges and key fobs. This is in response to many member requests.
Technical Sections Volume III is now available which continues the great tradition of practical tech advice started with Volumes I and II. In keeping with the times this one is available only on CD for PC or Mac. Another new item in the store is a complete copy of the past ten years of the Octagon available on CD only for PC or Mac.
American MGB Association members receive the Octagon, now published in March, June, September and December and the eOctagon, published in February, May, August and November.
We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA. And in response to many members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $65 which also includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. Save moneyand get a t-shirt or tech CD!
The club now has a Message Board at http://board.amgba.com, a Blog located at http://blog.amgba.com. The sites are available to all but American MGB Association members are able to place ads and access more tech info.
The new American MGB Association Photo Gallery is located at http://photos.amgba.com. The same login is used for the Gallery as the Message Board. Members can place their car photos directly at this location.
Send us your email address so that we can send you the eOctagon. The eOctagon is sent via bulk email so if you are blocking this type of email you will not get it. Please send in your stories and photos to be used in the Octagon. You will receive a credit toward renewal or regalia.
Send in your list of spare parts that you have for sale as we send out all lists we have received during the year to members that request lists of spare parts available. These lists are also now appear on our web page in the “members only” section!
You need an ID and password to access the “members only” section of our web site at www.mgclub.org. You will find the ID and password on page 3 of the OCTAGON. These change with each issue so be sure to use only the ones listed in the latest issue. Also now you can to create your own id and password for the members only section. Submit the form on the members only page to do this.
Make plans for Meet 2010 in Wisconsin and all of the other car shows. See you there!
This is the 1978 MGB chrome bumper conversion of Gene Lillie. He is almost complete on his 9 ½ year restoration program. He kept the frame and most of the body parts. All parts were ordered from on line catalog sales locations, no parts were from old cars found lying around. When replacing the exhaust system, he had a muffler made that fits in the wheel well to avoid dragging on the ground. The interior has been almost completely replaced, only the dashboard remains from when he first bought it. He enjoys showing it at local car shows and he often gets stopped by people to tell me how well the car looks.