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SAIC MG6 Saloon to enter British market in 2011

from Automotive News

SAIC MG6
SAIC MG6

The MG6 Saloon will enter the British market in 2011, and be delivered to MG dealers in China at the end of November or early December this year, Mr. Chen Zhixin, Executive Vice President of SAIC Motor and General Manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Co., said on October 18 at the UK Pavilion of Shanghai Expo, wccdaily.com reported Thursday.

Together with Ms. Carma Elliot, Consul General of the United Kingdom (UK) in Shanghai, Mr. Chen Zhixin unveiled the MG6 Saloon (sedan) at the UK Pavilion on the same day, saying that six Saloon models featuring 1.8L and 1.8DVVT engine will be available in the domestic market.

The MG6 Saloon with a 5-speed manual or Tiptronic automatic transmission measures (LxWxH) 4653mm x 1827mm x 1480mm and has a wheelbase of 2750mm (much longer than same-class models). The 1557mm front track and 1555mm rear track offers the Saloon more inner space and makes it look more practical and steadier- and thus more suitable for family use.

Adhering to a sporty look of the MG models, the MG6 Saloon resembles both the MGFastback hatchback and Roewe 550 and is well positioned to meet the vitality, fashion and personality requirements of the consumers.

SAIC MG6 Saloon to enter British market in 2011

from Automotive News

SAIC MG6 Saloon The MG6 Saloon will enter the British market in 2011, and be delivered to MG dealers in China at the end of November or early December this year, Mr. Chen Zhixin, Executive Vice President of SAIC Motor and General Manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Co., said on October 18 at the UK Pavilion of Shanghai Expo, wccdaily.com reported Thursday.

Together with Ms. Carma Elliot, Consul General of the United Kingdom (UK) in Shanghai, Mr. Chen Zhixin unveiled the MG6 Saloon (sedan) at the UK Pavilion on the same day, saying that six Saloon models featuring 1.8L and 1.8DVVT engine will be available in the domestic market.

The MG6 Saloon with a 5-speed manual or Tiptronic automatic transmission measures (LxWxH) 4653mm x 1827mm x 1480mm and has a wheelbase of 2750mm (much longer than same-class models). The 1557mm front track and 1555mm rear track offers the Saloon more inner space and makes it look more practical and steadier- and thus more suitable for family use.

Adhering to a sporty look of the MG models, the MG6 Saloon resembles both the MGFastback hatchback and Roewe 550 and is well positioned to meet the vitality, fashion and personality requirements of the consumers.

Chinese MG On Sale in Saudi Arabia

by by Mashfique Hussain Chowdhury at drivearabia.com

While the Rover-derived Chinese Roewe models, rebadged as MG, are still undergoing testing in the UAE before its imminent launch, the MG 550 as well as the MG 750 are already on sale in Oman via an official dealer.

As one of our readers, Harish, pointed out, local Omani dealer Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC is offering the compact MG 550 1.8T and the midsize MG 750 2.5 V6 only, each in a single trim level, and both built in China.

The 2011 MG 550 1.8T comes with a 160 hp 1.8-litre light-pressure turbo 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed automatic, 16-inch alloys wheels, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, cruise control, stability control, two front airbags, ABS with EBD, fabric seats, one-press engine start with the key still requiring insertion, steering-mounted radio controls, power windows and mirrors, automatic climate control a/c, CD/MP3 stereo with 8 speakers, keyless entry, illuminated sunshade mirrors, digital gauges and fog lights.

The 2011 MG 750 2.5, based fully on a facelifted Rover 75, comes with a 185 hp 2.5-litre V6, 5-speed automatic, 16-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, cruise control, dual front airbags, stability control, ABS with EBD, leather seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, adjustable steering wheel, steering-mounted radio controls, automatic climate control a/c, CD/MP3 stereo with 8 speakers, sunroof, keyless entry, auto headlights, cooled central cubby box, illuminated sunshade mirrors and parking sensors.

Prices are reportedly higher than expected, starting above the equivalent of Dhs 60,000, though we don’t have confirmation on that. The warranty is for 3 years or 80,000 km.

2014 MG TF: Early Look at MG’s Future Roadster

2014 MG TF

LONDON — Engineers at MG Birmingham continue to work on an all-new replacement for the storied British marque’s midengine TF roadster. With the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky out of production, Mazda’s MX-5 Miata once again has the U.S. roadster market all to itself, and MG may now consider this a prime opportunity to return to the United States.

Now under Chinese ownership, the Shanghai Auto affiliate is engineering the future TF as a front-engine roadster, as the midengine layout of the current car can’t be developed further. The chassis may come from the rear-wheel-drive MG ZT V8.

Although initial production of the new TF is likely three years away, engine options for the future roadster are expected to include a General Motors-sourced turbodiesel, a V6 gasoline engine, and a hybrid powertrain based on the Roewe 750’s system.

Keeping with the pure roadster appeal of the original MG drop tops, the new shapely sports car will undoubtedly offer a fabric soft top instead of an expensive, heavy retractable hardtop.

Next MG TF

Shut down last fall, production of the current TF is restarting in England, but the model is not expected to live much beyond the end of 2010.

MG officially exited the United States auto market in 1980, with the death of the U.S.-compliant MGB.

MG’s Future Supermini

MG Supermini - MG Zero

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.

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2011 MG6

2011 MG6

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.

MG Working on Open Top Sportscar

MG open top TF There are optimistic reports from UK asserting that MG is currently working on three new models in addition to the TF LE500 roadster. Just a few years ago, MG was reported to be planning new models with its Chinese parent company Shanghai Automotive (SAIC).

Since the release of the refreshed TF LE500 roadster, there have no recent developments shared by MG. According to the recent UK reports, the new cars will be produced at the former Austin factory in Birmingham, UK, with the first model rolling out this October. To be produced first is the MG6, a compact sedan and hatch similarly sized to the Ford Fusion. The MG6 is essentially a rebadged version of the Roewe 550 sedan sold in China, which itself is based on a modified version of an old Rover 75 platform. Next to be produced will be a smaller hatchback based on the Roewe 350 that will compete against cars like the Volkswagen Golf. Lastly, MG is expected to launch a new minicar model that will be shown in concept form at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show this April. Unfortunately, MG plans to distribute the cars only in Europe.

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Mid-Range MG 6 Launches In Shanghai

The MG 6 mid-class hatchback, equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo engine, will be produced by SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Co in a plant in Lingang.

“There will be market potential for the MG 6 if SAIC prices the car competitively,” said Ye Sheng, an auto analyst at automotive consulting firm, B. Thinking Management, in Shanghai.

MG 6
MG 6
The nation’s biggest car maker will also start production of the MG 6 in a plant in the United Kingdom next year as it tries to revive the 85-year history of the British icon globally. It said the MG 6, which debuted at the Shanghai auto show in April, is specifically designed for Asian and European markets.

SAIC has operated the sporty MG brand as its own since the car maker acquired smaller domestic rival Nanjing Auto at the end of 2007. SAIC now produces the MG 7, MG 3SW and MG TF sports car in China as well as the Roewe series that came from the Rover Group of the UK.
Despite its western pedigree, MG remains first and foremost a brand focused on the Chinese market first and overseas markets second, and if it can assuage western concerns about product safety and quality upon its British launch next year, it could give Chinese (or at least Chinese-owned) car companies a much-needed PR boost.

MG TF production halted

from Autocar

MG TF production halted
MG TF production halted

MG Motor is to halt production of the Longbridge-built TF sports car for six months until March next year.

Sales of the TF, the only vehicle now built at the once-massive Longbridge factory in Birmingham, have been modest with only 265 sold during the first nine months of this year, although September has been the best month yet for the revived marque with 65 cars sold.

Newly appointed sales and marketing director Guy Jones says that the low volume TF is ‘batch built’, and that the summer selling season, which runs from March to September, is now over.

Despite introducing a 50-copy limited edition 85th anniversary edition, all of which have been sold, production will not restart until next spring. The small sports car market is down 30 per cent this year and 40 per cent since 2007, adds Jones, who thinks that ‘up to 20’ of the 100-strong vehicle assembly workforce will need to be laid off.

When production does restart it will be with a modified line-up, a series production version of the limited edition, which features a mildly revised chassis and interior, going on sale positioned above the entry level £13,511 TF 135.

Despite the shutdown Jones, who previously held the same job at the LDV van company, is optimistic about the future for MG and Longbridge. Owners Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, China’s biggest indigenous car manufacturer, have ‘ambitious plans for the MG brand,’ he says.

These are thought to include the development of a new range of sports cars to be designed, developed and built at the company’s British factory. But it’s not clear whether earlier plans to manufacture the MG7, a Focus class hatchback also sold as the Roewe 550 in China, will see UK manufacture. But of the 300 staff currently on site some 200 are in design and engineering.

Jones claims that more details of SAICs plans for MG and Longbridge will be revealed ‘soon’, while adding that the vehicle assembly halls have recently been redecorated. In China, the development of the Roewe and MG marques is going well according to Jones. SAIC is expecting to sell some 50,000 Roewes and MGs in 2009 – ahead of its target.

MG to Launch cheaper TF Roadster

MG has announced details of two new versions of the relaunched TF roadster, including a standard model and a special edition 85th anniversary model.

The standard specification TF135 is expected to be priced around £13,500, less than the £16,055 LE500 launched last year and making it a more affordable option for MG enthusiasts. It will be equipped with the same revised 135bhp K-Series engine found in the LE500.

At the same time, the 85th Anniversary model is due for launch later this summer, priced around £15,750. It will be available in a choice of three exclusive colours featuring special graphics and a bespoke interior trim.

The cars were unveiled to MG enthusiasts at the Royal Windsor MG Heritage Festival last month.

Reports have suggested a new MG saloon and hatchback – the MG6, shown in Shanghai last month – could join the TF as early as next summer, as the company seeks to expand its model range.

85th Anniversary MGTF

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