MG to build first all-new vehicle in 15 years at UK plant

MG to build first all-new vehicle in 15 years at UK plant

MG Rover’s Longbridge car plant has been laying dormant for a long time but is now set for a major comeback when SAIC/MG begins building its first all new car in 15 years. The plant will start producing the MG6 mid-size model from kits imported from China, preceding the UK relaunch of MG as a budget brand next year.

The all new car will be built as a ‘so hot right now’ five-door fastback, with a four-door scheduled to follow. Prices in the UK are said to range between £16,000 to £20,000 ($33,700 – $42,100 NZD) so they won’t be dirt cheap, with value largely depending on quality.

Shanghai Automotive (SAIC) bought the intellectual property rights to some of MG’s cars and engines after the collapse of parent company MG Rover back in 2005. But it was Nanjing Automobile that bought much of the production equipment in 2007. The two companies are now merged under the SAIC name.

MG’s Birmingham office currently employs some 300 engineers and 30 design staff, who provide design and engineering expertise to SAIC. MG Birmingham has previously contributed to the development of the Roewe 550 and 350 sedans and the MG Zero concept car that was shown at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year.

Chinese automakers have had little to no success exporting cars to Western Europe and North America in the past. MG Birmingham’s input is vital for the success of SAIC. The success of the MG6 is vital for the future of Longbridge and for MG to retain a presence in Europe.

MG Rover’s Longbridge car plant has been laying dormant for a long time but is now set for a major comeback when SAIC/MG begins building its first all new car in 15 years. The plant will start producing the MG6 mid-size model from kits imported from China, preceding the UK relaunch of MG as a budget brand next year.

The all new car will be built as a ‘so hot right now’ five-door fastback, with a four-door scheduled to follow. Prices in the UK are said to range between £16,000 to £20,000 ($33,700 – $42,100 NZD) so they won’t be dirt cheap, with value largely depending on quality.

Shanghai Automotive (SAIC) bought the intellectual property rights to some of MG’s cars and engines after the collapse of parent company MG Rover back in 2005. But it was Nanjing Automobile that bought much of the production equipment in 2007. The two companies are now merged under the SAIC name.

MG’s Birmingham office currently employs some 300 engineers and 30 design staff, who provide design and engineering expertise to SAIC. MG Birmingham has previously contributed to the development of the Roewe 550 and 350 sedans and the MG Zero concept car that was shown at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year.

Chinese automakers have had little to no success exporting cars to Western Europe and North America in the past. MG Birmingham’s input is vital for the success of SAIC. The success of the MG6 is vital for the future of Longbridge and for MG to retain a presence in Europe.

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