MG Plans Four Model Range Beyond TF, Future Of Longbridge “Assured”

Shanghai Automotive plans to introduce four new MG models to the UK market starting next year. The company just relaunched production of the MG TF » 8/28/08 1:15pm 8/28/08 1:15pm with a limited edition run of 500 vehicles, but its plans to have fallen through. All four models will be built at Longbridge, which is currently having its production…

UK Longbridge Factory Resumes MG TF Production

The historic Longbridge production facility in Birmingham, England is rolling again. First opened in 1905 by Austin, it was once the largest factory in the world. Since that time it's manufactured cars, airplanes and armaments for both world wars, and its name became synonymous with strikes, poor quality and… » 8/01/08 3:00pm 8/01/08 3:00pm

Nanjing, Revival Firm Plotting Austin-Healey Return

Among the myriad plans to revive British sports car marques, the Austin Healey saga has been at the forefront. And considering two posts in the past two years equals the forefront, expectations are down at croc level. And while that's likely for the best, there's this: Trademark owners Nanjing Auto have signed on with… » 6/13/07 7:18am 6/13/07 7:18am

Out of Mothballs: Rover MG 7 Coupe Concept

Well, what do you know. With the former MG-Rover plant in Longbridge set to start firing on all about a third of its cylinders, new owner Nanjing held a ceremony last week to mark the occasion. And look what they rolled out. It's a coupe version of the erstwhile Rover 75. It's a swankily appointed show car… » 6/06/07 7:05am 6/06/07 7:05am

Nanjing Brings Outdated Car Production Back to Britain

The MG TF, a car so ridiculously out-of-date that it ended up in a Top Gear challenge, joining the company of the Maserati Merak, the VW Vanagon, the Porsche 924 and the 3rd Gen Camaro, has gone back into production. At the press of a button by Liang Baohua, Governor of China's eastern province of Jiangsu and… » 5/29/07 6:45pm 5/29/07 6:45pm

Return of Morris! Longbridge to Resume Building MG-TF

Good news for the UK auto industry — or at least part of it. Nanjing Automobile, the Chinese carbakery that snapped up most of MG Rover Group's assets, says it's re-starting production of MG cars at the company's Longbridge plant in the UK by mid-2007. The plant's been idle for nearly two years as MG Rover ownership… » 1/31/07 10:41am 1/31/07 10:41am

It's Not OK: Nanjing Downplays Oklahoma Production Plans

Not so fast, Okies! That's the word from China's Nanjing Motors, new owner of MG-Rover. Last week, word came down that the company is reportedly planning a factory in Oklahoma to build new MG sports cars for the states, with the first models coming in two years. But at the British Motor Show, the company distanced… » 7/19/06 12:19pm 7/19/06 12:19pm

Nanjing to Produce Cars at Longbridge, To Street in '07

As reported in February, the Nanjings signed a 33-year lease on Rover's Longbridge facility, with a clause to opt out if they decided within six months that they couldn't make a go of it. Apparently, much like the Little Engine that Could, they think they can. Currently slated is the return of the MGTF, which should go … » 4/05/06 8:58pm 4/05/06 8:58pm

Sneaking into Defunct UK Factories, Volume One: Longbridge, Birmingham

A few, camera-toting spelunkers broke-and-entered into Rover's erstwhile (and hopefully soon-to-be) Longbridge plant. What they captured, through the magic of digicam, is an eerie portrait of what happens when time runs out for an ailing carmaker. A moment's assembly-line work frozen in time. It's chilling when you… » 11/11/05 12:04pm 11/11/05 12:04pm