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 1:15pm8/28/08 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…

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

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 2:30pm12/26/07 2:30pm

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 10:41am1/31/07 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… »1/10/07 8:45pm1/10/07 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 5:00pm9/18/06 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… »8/16/06 9:57am8/16/06 9:57am