If you can keep straight the bizarre and convoluted history of brands like British Leyland, Morris, Austin, Rover and MG, then consider yourself smarter than I am.

Then again, I'm an American. I didn't live through the near-demise of the British auto industry, nor its attempted rebirth, and I'm sure I know more about Cadillacs and Hemis than someone who consumes tea and crumpets and can actually watch cricket on television.

But that's beside the point. The point is that after its 2005 collapse, the MG brand is back these days as a subsidiary of Chinese automaker SAIC. They're even built in Longbridge by actual British people.

While they don't make the sporting machines they were once famous for, they make more buttoned-down, affordable cars like this MG 3.

Does the little hatchback live up to the legendary MG name? In a word, XCAR's Alex Goy says, "No." But it's a decent enough car for its low-low price, and that's gotta count for something.

Still, it's sad to see how far the brand has fallen. Let's be happy Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin are doing much better.