|Type||Private limited company|
|Headquarters||Longbridge, Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Key people||William Wang (Managing Director)|
|Operating income||£15.7 million (2012)|
|Net income||-£4 million (2012)|
MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor) is a British car manufacturing company headquartered in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the China-based SAIC Motor. It designs, develops, assembles and markets cars sold under the MG marque.
Following the collapse of MG Rover in 2005, the Chinese automaker Nanjing Automobile acquired the Longbridge plant and the rights to the MG marque for US$97 million. Nanjing Automobile formally established NAC MG UK Limited as a holding company for the plant and marque on 12 April 2006. In March 2007, Nanjing Automobile unveiled the first MG vehicles manufactured in China, the MG TF, MG 7295 and MG 7275.
MG Motor operates the historic Longbridge plant. Currently the majority of MG vehicles sold in Europe are principally manufactured in China before being shipped to Longbridge as complete knock-down kits for final assembly. There is also a major research and development facility at the Longbridge site which employs around 500 people.
Currently the majority of MG vehicles are principally manufactured in China. For the UK market, vehicles are shipped to Longbridge for final assembly. Since the merger of NAC with SAIC, some MG models have Roewe-badged equivalents.
The MG6 went on sale in Europe in May 2011. The model is assembled at Longbridge using complete knock-down kits produced in China.
The MG6 GT received good reviews, although the initial one engine choice (1.8 litre petrol) received some criticism. A 1.9 diesel engine was added in December 2012. It has also had mixed reviews from some in the media as regards the quality of the lower dash plastics though reviewers say the drive and handling makes up for it.
In 2010, SAIC unveiled the all new MG 3, which was shown in concept car form as the MG Zero. The car was initially launched in China with a choice of 1.3L or 1.5L petrol engines made by General Motors, and under went a facelift in 2013, with sales in the UK following in September 2013.
Reception has generally been better than the MG6, due to the maximum price of £9,995 and good handling characteristics bringing back MG's original appeal.
The MG TF brand was relaunched in Britain during 2007. An updated MG TF model produced in a limited edition of 500, called the TF LE500, was assembled at the Longbridge plant by NAC MG UK. This was followed by a TF 135 model and a further limited edition TF 85th Anniversary, of which only 50 were produced. Production of the TF at Longbridge was suspended again in October 2009 and finally ended in March 2011. MG have said that they will first concentrate on building passenger cars, and have not given a release date for the TF's successor.
The MG3 SW, a car similar to that of the Rover Streetwise, was sold in China between 2008 and 2011.
The MG 5 was originally unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show as a concept model. It is a Ford Focus sized hatchback using the same base as the Roewe 350. It was released for sale in China in 2012 but has not been exported to the UK.
In January 2012, MG Motor announced that it would enter the 2012 British Touring Car Championship through the newly established MG KX Momentum Racing team. In its debut season the team ran two MG 6 GT's driven by Jason Plato and Andy Neate. Jason ended the season in third place, with the car yet to find its foot in wet conditions.
The team returned in 2013 with Sam Tordoff driving, who performed well in his debut year having joined through the KX Academy scheme. Jason once again came third, with Sam a respectable sixth.
For the 2014 season a third MG has been announced driven by Marc Hynes, still maintained by Triple Eight but in a new livery which doesn't resemble the other two MG cars. Sam was also announced as being on the team again after a successful first season in the touring cars.
After performing well on the final race of 2013 at the Brands Hatch GP, despite the rain conditions, the MG's are in the run for the championship on their final year of a three-year deal.
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