News - SAIC (Nanjing) and the New MG TF
11 April 2009
"The first of the new line-up of Chinese-made and some Chinese-designed MGs will return to Britain and other markets by the end of the year, and that could include New Zealand which has the greatest saturation of MG fans and MG cars in the world"
SOURCE: The Dominion Post April 11, 2009 (print edition).
25 April 2009
Today SIAC Motors released the MG TF 85th Anniversary model and the base MG TF model in the UK.
Details are sketchy at best at this time but it is believed that the suspension has been revised. No pricing, colour ranges, or distribution details are currently available. Details will follow as they come to hand.
From "MoonManMike", who went to the presentation
and posted the photographs on the MG-Rover.org forum:
SOURCE: MG-Rover.org forum.
20 September 2008
|Fans of the MG were flocking to a Black Country Rover dealer
today as it became the first garage in the western world to take delivery of the new
Summit Garage has the car for sale following the return of its production to the Longbridge plant in Birmingham.
A total of 75 cars have rolled off the production line destined for a number of garages around the UK and further afield.
Enthusiasts can choose from bright orange, red and black models today, priced at £16,399.
Boss of Summit Garage in Himley Road, Lower Gornal, has been inundated with calls from drivers keen to take a test drive in one of three MGs which left the factory.
John Newey was hopeful of clinching a sale on the first day.
We have got a lot of people coming out for test drives, he said. Theres a lot of enthusiasts who want to see how this car compares with other MGs.
Ive been here for 28 years and seen various important new car launches over that time but Ive never seen as much interest in a new model like this.
The return of car production to Longbridge has been hailed as a huge boost to business in the region after well publicised troubles resulted in its closure in April last year.
SAIC/Nanjing, the Chinese owner, began production in Birmingham last month.
SOURCE: Express and Star.
7 September 2008
BBC News, Longbridge
The assembly lines and vast factory spaces of Longbridge have lain idle for three years since the collapse of Rover.
But slowly, life is coming back to this famous old factory.
On a production line in the main building , a new version of the old Rover MG TF is being put together.
At the moment, work here is a shadow of the former glories of Longbridge.
When Rover came to an end in 2005 more than 6,500 people worked on the site, now there are just 180.
And a factory with the capacity to build almost 2,000 cars a week, is turning out just 48.
Along the production line a handful of workers gathers around a handful of bright shiny new cars, but stretching behind them, the huge space of an empty car factory.
Sheet lighting seems to emphasise the distances as it bounces off concrete floors and lights up girders and stairways stretching away into the distance.
And this is just one of 15 buildings on a 100 acre site.
But the new Chinese owners insist if all goes well, Longbridge will soon be making thousands of cars once again.
So how can they succeed at a factory where so many other ventures have failed?
The Chinese say the answer is determination and deep resources.
Nanjing Automotive which bought Rover has merged with its Chinese rival Shanghai Automotive to create a giant car company.
Worth more than £20bn and making more than two million cars a year, it has deep financial pockets.
It sees Longbridge as a key factor in its plans to break into the European car market.
The company has already sunk £50m into the site. Small change for a giant corporation.
It's selling the new MG for £16,400 - the equivalent model in Rover days would have cost around £24,000.
The Chinese deny that they are selling the car at a loss, but admit it's a competitive price and one deliberately aimed at winning a foothold in the competitive car market.
Best of British
The body shells for the new sports car are made in China and shipped out for assembly in Britain.
But on the production line itself things look little different from any other car factory, with a team of fitters working on building up the car.
The new owners say it's a British car, designed by its British team of designers in Warwickshire and built by British workers but with foreign owners - a familiar enough story in the car industry.
Just 500 of this new high-spec MG are being built, but already more than four hundred have been sold.
When this production run comes to an end the factory will move onto producing a standard specification MG .
Beyond that there are plans for a whole family of other models for Longbridge.
The company is coy about saying what that means for employment, but says it aims to be producing up to forty thousand cars a year within the next three years.
There's little doubt that if that succeeded it would bring hundreds of new jobs.
But in such a competitive industry, with many European economies struggling and on a site that's faced so many problems in the past, turning Longbridge into a giant car maker once more will be no easy task.
SOURCE: BBC News (Link includes video).
2 August 2008
17 July 2008
|2 July 2008
NAC MG UK Ltd. Set Price For MG TF LE500
With deliveries of the new MG TF Limited Edition due to commence in September, NAC MG UK Ltd have today, 2nd July 2008, set the price of this new sportscar at £16,399 ($NZ43,000) on the road.
Sales and Marketing Director for NAC MG UK Ltd, Gary Hagen, said; We are delighted to be able to bring in such a highly specified car at such a reasonable price. When you consider the level of specification that comes with the LE 500, the package is extremely competitive.
A new look, upgraded engine and a host of design refinements and extras have brought the MG bang up to date. A body coloured hardtop, sports styled leather seats and a piano black interior give the car a stylish new look.
The mid car configuration for the 1.8 16v EU4 compliant 136ps engine combines with rear wheel drive to ensure the LE 500 delivers an authentic British sportscar driving experience. Parking sensors, a Pioneer MP3 compatible CD / radio unit and last but not least unique LE 500 badging, graphics & trim complete the package. Full details of the specification are available at www.mg-uk.co.uk.
Gary concluded; The backing of SAIC, Chinas largest car maker, and the fact the LE 500 has been designed, engineered and is being built in the UK, will play a major role in the cars success.
was last available, the MG was the UKs best selling small sports car. We are
confident that the indicated demand for the return of the marque from dealers, enthusiasts
and most importantly new customers will see it reclaim that position.
|9 May 2008
There seems to be some positive murmerings coming out of the UK press today about the forthcoming re-launch of the TF LE 500, to be produced at Longbridge. Productin will start in August 2008 with the first cars in the UK showrooms in September. The following are clips from various news items.
From the BBC News Channel
"Longbridge to see new cars built
Chinese owners Nanjing have revealed plans to produce up to four new models there over the next five years, with production starting on 1 August.
About 6,000 jobs were lost when MG Rover collapsed in April 2005.
The first vehicles off the production line, 500 limited edition MGTF
sports cars, are expected to be delivered to showrooms in September.
It remains to be seen if there will be any of the initial 500 production run imported into New Zealand.
Also, Auto Express has an article about a new design TF that has the engine in the front, supposedly either a 1.8 Turbo or a 2.5li V6 of some description. Due for production in 2010. But the validity of this report must be taken with a large grain of salt at this time. But who knows? A front engined, RWD, MG with a V6 engine will probably sell bucket loads in the US. They may just be onto a winner here.
"Reborn MG TF is ready at last!