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…

Would You Drive A Chinese Car?

Now that almost everyone would drive a Japanese and now a Korean car, it's worth asking if you all would drive a Chinese car. In fact, given all that's coming out at this year's explosive Beijing Motor Show, it is a harder question than it has been in the past. Though there are questions of quality and originality,… » 4/21/08 11:40am 4/21/08 11:40am

MG Re-Revival Continues After Shanghai Auto-Nanjing Deal

Yesterday we commented on the merger between Shanghai/Nanjing Auto and what it might mean for the Chinese market. What we didn't comment on is what this means for the ongoing MG Saga. Nanjing owned the MG badge, and markets the MG7 while SAIC markets the Roewe, which is based on MG technology. » 12/28/07 2:00pm 12/28/07 2:00pm

SAIC Motors and Nanjing Automobile Group Merge, We Look Forward to Dr. …

Shanghai Automotive (SAIC) has devoured the smaller Nanjing Automobile to make an even larger state-owned automotive company. In the deal, SAIC gets increased capacity in order to compete with foreign car companies and Nanjing will get approximately 320 million shares of SAIC. Though we've had a bit of bad luck with… » 12/26/07 2:30pm 12/26/07 2:30pm

MG 7 Ready For Export Soon

Malaysia, Russia and Britain could be seeing the reborn MG on their roads as soon as the second half of next year. Nanjing Auto — who plucked the marque from a cluster of classic British brands that never truly recovered from the British Leyland debacle — claims that they've passed UK emissions testing and are ready to … » 6/25/07 3:15pm 6/25/07 3:15pm

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

Nanjing Brings Outdated Car Production Back to Britain

The MG TF, a car so ridiculously out-of-date that it ended up in a Top Gear challenge, joining the company of the Maserati Merak, the VW Vanagon, the Porsche 924 and the 3rd Gen Camaro, has gone back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

Everything Old is MG Again: The Streetwise in China

This must seem like a step back in time for Brits who haven't seen an MG Streetwise since 2005. But China's Nanjing is reviving the model, which traces its roots all the way back to the Honda-sourced Rover 200 circa 1995. But in China's car industry — at least at the moment — 1995 technology isn't quite past its… » 2/23/07 6:57am 2/23/07 6:57am

What's Next? Nanjing MG-Rover Brochure

What's Nanjing's plan to revive MG-Rover? According to an online brochure, it may entail a new version of the erstwhile Rover RDX60 crossover concept. It may also entail one of the scariest looking designs (above) since the sand worms in "Dune." Anyone have a cure for goosebumps? Oh yeah, looking at old British roadsters … » 2/16/07 12:15pm 2/16/07 12:15pm

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

Cecil Kimber Just Pulled a 720 in His Grave: MG's New Backronym

To be fair, MG isn't an acronym, having originally stood for "Morris Garages," but "backbreviation" is not yet in the regular dork parlance. Regardless, Nanjing just pulled a stupid in retrofitting the age-old brand with the new "Modern Gentleman" marque. British motoring as we know it is truly, truly dead. Help us Charles… » 1/10/07 8:45pm 1/10/07 8:45pm

Is The Way Backward The Way Forward? Ford Buys Rover Name

In Bee-Em's purchase of a pantsful of Rover holdings, they walked off with the rights to the Rover name. Post-selloff-debacle, they shunted the Land Rover bits to Ford, but held on, rather inexplicably, to the rights to the Rover name, giving FoMoCo the option to purchase it. Word's just come down that Ford finally… » 9/18/06 5:00pm 9/18/06 5:00pm

Duke Hale Says: Never Mind Nanjing, MG to Be Built in the US

The Nanjing-Oklahoma Saga sounds could be an epic novel about the railroad building in the old west, and the name of Duke T. Hale fits someone who might be hiding a pickaxe under his ten-gallon hat. Of course, Hale, president and CEO of the newly formed MG Cars North America/Europe, is actually an auto industry veteran … » 8/16/06 9:57am 8/16/06 9:57am