Chinese First to Open Bonnet on New MG

Automotive News reports that the sporting car revival is set to begin at Chinese MG dealers next month. The long version of the MG will pack a 2.5 liter engine and a pricetag of 39,940 bucks. Three shorter versions will feature a 1.8 liter powerplant and a sticker of 22,630 to 26,590 dollars. The MG global launch will… » 8/24/07 11:45am 8/24/07 11:45am

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… » 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 created in… » 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Nanjing Brings Outdated Car Production Back to Britain

The MG TF, a car so ridiculously out-of-date that it ended up in a Top Gear challenge, joining the company of the Maserati Merak, the VW Vanagon, the Porsche 924 and the 3rd Gen Camaro, has gone back into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

The Lost Rover: Project RDX60 Uncovered

Meanwhile, back at the former Rover plant in Longbridge, which had been idle since the former company's meltdown last year, Car magazine has uncovered the project formerly known as RDX60, a five-seat hatchback that would have squared off against the Euro Ford Focus and VW Golf. The once top-secret project is now just… » 11/22/06 10:25am 11/22/06 10:25am

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… » 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

Production of First Nanjing Rovers Could Start by Next Year

Nanjing Automobile, the new, China-based owner of MG Rover, has a five year plan. By 2010, the company wants to be building 100,000 cars a year. But before it reaches that milestone, it wants to get at least some of the blokes out of the pub and from around the brazier (sorry, Jeremy) and get Rover's Birmingham plant… » 9/28/05 5:00pm 9/28/05 5:00pm