The first new MG for 16 years will roll off the production line in Longbridge later.
The MG6 is the first large scale production at the Birmingham plant since the demise of Rover in 2005 with the loss of 6,000 jobs.
A five-seater model will be available to buy from May and is expected to sell for between £15,495 and £18,995.
MG is owned by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, which is the largest car maker in China.
The MG6 has been designed in the UK but the parts are made in China ready for assembly in Longbridge.
Local MP Richard Burden said: “Today is a real milestone for Longbridge and for the automotive industry in the West Midlands.
“Longbridge has been through dark days. Nothing will bring back the days when thousands were employed on Longbridge production lines.
“But the greatest tribute we can pay to the heritage that made the name Longbridge synonymous with motor manufacturing throughout the 20th century is to build a future in the 21st century.
“Today is about that future. Longbridge is a huge site and we need to make sure that the redevelopment which is taking place beyond the MG factory itself adds real value to the potential which this area has.”
MG Rover went into administration in April 2005 with the loss of 6,000 jobs.
Three months later the company’s assets, including the equipment at the Longbridge factory, were sold to Chinese car maker Nanjing.
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.
Most of us here in the U.S. haven’t seen a new production MG stateside since the 1980 MGB LE. However, we have watched from a distance as Morris Garage has changed hands from British owned to the BMW years that produced the MGF and MGTF to present day where this long time British favorite is now owned by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) based in China. Back in April, SAIC revealed the MG division’s newest MG concept—the MG6.
The MG6 concept is based on the Roewe 550 four-door sedan, which is said to use a modified version of the Rover 75’s front wheel drive platform from some years back. Of course this means the MG6 is set to come equipped with the K-series like 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine. The twist—the MG6 will be available with a 160 hp turbocharged 1.8-liter for those looking for a little more punch than 130 hp that will come with the base motor. All of this is wrapped in a Ford Mondeo-esque like body and is slated to arrive as a production car in the Chinese market for 2010.
Will the MG ever make it back to the U.S. though? Currently, there aren’t any confirmed plans for that, however, the Chinese have been looking for ways to break into the U.S. market. I look at this as a repeat of Nissan and Toyota coming to North America. Older generations will remember Toyota’s first venture into the American market in 1957 with the Toyopet Crown. It was a disaster, especially from a public relations perspective and it caused Toyota to pull out of the North American market in 1960. Of course we all know how that story has continued; some 50 years later Toyota is now the number one car manufacturer in the World.
So for all you MG fans, don’t count the marque or SAIC out of the equation. It might take another couple years, but I doubt that would change people’s love affair with the classic British Sports car. It did spawn the Mazda MX-5 Miata revolution.
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