MG Motor

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This article is about the current company which produces cars under the MG marque. For the marque and the original MG Car Company, see MG Cars.
MG Motor UK Limited
Type Private limited company
Industry Automotive
Founded 2006
Headquarters Longbridge, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Key people William Wang (Managing Director)
Products Automobiles
Operating income £15.7 million (2012)[1]
Net income -£4 million (2012)[1]
Owner(s) SAIC Motor
Employees Approx 540[1]
Parent SAIC Motor UK
Website www.mg.co.uk

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.

History[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[3]

Assembly of cars restarted at Longbridge in August 2007, with production of the MG TF LE500.[4]

In 2007, Nanjing Automobile was acquired by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC),[5] and in early 2009 NAC MG UK Limited was renamed MG Motor UK Limited.[6]

The first all-new model from MG for 16 years, the MG6, was officially launched on 26 June 2011 during a visit to MG Motor's Longbridge plant by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.[7][8]

By March 2012, SAIC had invested a total of £450 million in MG Motor.[9] Sales in the UK totalled 782 vehicles in 2012.[10]

The MG3 went on sale in the United Kingdom in September 2013.[11][12]

Operations[edit]

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 semi-knock-down kits for final assembly. There is also a major research and development facility at the Longbridge site which employs around 500 people.[1][13]

Products[edit]

Current[edit]

Currently the majority of MG vehicles are principally manufactured in China. For the UK market, vehicles are shipped to Longbridge for final assembly.[14] Since the merger of NAC with SAIC, some MG models have Roewe-badged equivalents.

MG6/MG ZT[edit]

Main article: MG 6
An MG6/MGZT Magnette, the saloon version of the car.

The MG 6 hatchback was announced in April 2009.[15] It is based on the Roewe 550.

The MG6 went on sale in Europe in May 2011. The model is assembled at Longbridge using complete knock-down kits produced in China.[16]

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.

A saloon version of the MG6, the MG6 Magnette, went on sale in July 2011 after making its debut in June 2011.[17][18]

MG3/MG ZR[edit]

Main article: MG 3
An MG3/MG ZR MARK 2 (2013 facelift).

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, 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.

Former[edit]

MG TF[edit]

Main article: MG TF

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.[19] This was followed by a TF 135 model and a further limited edition TF 85th Anniversary, of which only 50 were produced.[20] Production of the TF at Longbridge was suspended again in October 2009[21] and finally ended in March 2011.[22] MG have said that they will first concentrate on building passenger cars, and have not given a release date for the TF's successor.

MG3 SW[edit]

Main article: MG3 SW

The MG3 SW, a car similar to that of the Rover Streetwise, was sold in China between 2008 and 2011.

Planned[edit]

The MG5

MG5/MG ZS[edit]

Main article: MG 5

The MG 5 was originally unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show as a concept model.[23][24] 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.

SUV[edit]

The MG CS concept car on display at Auto Shanghai 2013

An MG SUV similar in size to the Nissan Qashqai was in development as of March 2012, following a positive reaction to the MG Icon concept car unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.[9]

Motorsport[edit]

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.[25] 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. Plato once again came third, with Tordoff 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. Tordoff was also announced as being on the team again after a successful first season in the touring cars.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "China 'can get MG back up to speed'". Birmingham Mail. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "New lease of life for Longbridge". BBC. 2006-02-22. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Nanjing Auto Rolls Out First `Made-in-China' MG Cars". Bloomberg. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Production resumes at Longbridge". BBC. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  5. ^ "SAIC merges with Nanjing". CAR Magazine (Bauer Media). 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Longbridge workers laid off". Birmingham Post. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  7. ^ "China's £1bn business deal with UK". The Telegraph. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "China's premier promotes Sino-UK trade synergies". Reuters. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Chinese owners plan more investment into MG Motor UK at Longbridge". The Birmingham Post. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "2012 new car market tops two million units, a four-year high". SMMT. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "MG3 review". The Telegraph. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "MG 3 UK first drive review". Autocar. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "New £5m MG design studio unveiled at Longbridge site". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "MG unveils new super-mini at Longbridge". Express & Star. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Holloway, Hilton (2009-04-20). "MG6 to go on sale in the UK". Autocar. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  16. ^ "China-Developed MG6 Will Be Built in U.K.". Edmund's Inside Line. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  17. ^ "Magnette's back as MG 6 saloon". Auto Express. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "MG6 Magnette TSE review". Autocar. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  19. ^ Bird, Guy (2008-08-29). "MG TF LE500 (2008) CAR review". CAR magazine. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "Press Report : MG making 85th Anniversary model at Longbridge". www.aronline.co.uk. AROnline. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  21. ^ "BBC News: No car production 'until spring'". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC). 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  22. ^ "MG 'wants a new sports car'". Autocar. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  23. ^ "Shanghai motor show: MG5 Concept". The Telegraph. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  24. ^ "MG's Focus rival unveiled in Shanghai". Auto Express. April 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  25. ^ "MG makes a return to racing". The Telegraph. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 

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