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  MG Motor UK Limited is a British car manufacturer that's owned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation and headquartered in Birmingham, England. It's not the same MG from decades past, having been founded only in 2006 after acquiring the original MG Rover and all the rights to the MG name. After 16 years without an MG ride cruising down the streets, the new MG Motor has released the new MG MG6. As the first all new MG to come out to the market in 16 years, the MG6 represents the beginning of a new generation of models for the reborn British brand. The model offers modern British sporting style with a spacious and advanced interior that fits right in with the type of cars that are being sold these days.

After 15 years of drop top history, the MG TF - a mid-engined, rear wheel drive roadster car - will be discontinued in order to make room for the future MG6 and MG3 supermini. MG even announced that the final units have already been sent to dealers, although that seems to be debatable.

"There’s a discussion as to whether that was the last batch," said a spokesman for MG, referring to the production run of 155 cars earlier this year. "It’s always been on the cards. We can’t say for sure, but it’s largely driven by market forces."

In its place, MG will start producing an MG6 sedan and a MG3 based on the Zero concept. The supermini will be offered with 1.3 and 1.5-liter engines.

The MG TF may have one foot in the grave, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead yet. In fact, the roadster has seen its end before in 2005, only to be brought back two years later. This next resuscitation may take a little longer because MG will only consider bringing back the cabrio after the "brand is re-established," but it will still come. Previous rumors suggested that a new TF would be ready for the 2014 model year .

Source: AutoExpress

Another simple, itty-bitty car to quench the spacial thirst of the ever-growing population. MG unveiled the Zero Concept today at the Beijing Auto Show and according to the official press release "the MG ZERO concept previews the design direction of the brand and demonstrates how MG can expand into this high-volume sector of the market." Really it is just another answer to the question of how we are going to make space for the crowded world. Their portion of the answer; a car that is 4 meters in length and which looks similar to the Ford Start Concept revealed yesterday.

The concept uses high-tech materials inspired from ultra high-performance sports equipment. The interior features the latest technology touch screens to allow occupants to interact with the world around them and features a striking ‘floating console’ design around the driver.

Commenting on the exterior style, Design Director Tony Williams said “This concept shows a bold, individual soul. The bonnet is formed around the famous octagonal badge, the graphics flow into striking lamps and the large lower grille completes the confident, sporty character. The body-side has a strong shoulder, a dynamic scalloped feature in the doors and flared arches to give a wide stance and strong road presence. The feature lines have been designed to give a strong relationship to the wheel arch demonstrating the fun nature of the cars dynamics."

MG is certainly speeding up and attempting to produce more than its solitary model. Right now, the MG TF is the only MG in production and will see North American sales in 2014 . Later this year, however, the four- and five-door MG6 will emerge and the rumormill is producing an idea about an MG3 family car that will rival the Volkswagen Golf . The MG Zero is expected to go on sale in the UK in 2012 for about £9000.

Press release after the jump.

Thirty years ago, MG decided that it would no longer offer its open-top motoring to the US consumer, but there are people out there who still remember the name and dream of driving the small roadster. Fortunately, we might have some good news for those people. They’re baaa-aaack. Now that Chinese automaker, Shanghai Auto (SAIC), is in control, the British brand might make its way over to the States again. Of course, for right now these are just rumors, but we can only hope that this sleek car will get to see U.S. soil.

The first rumored model to be offered will be the 2014 MG TF with a front-engine/rear drive layout and a soft-top design. A retractable hardtop will not be offered due to cost and complexity. Under the hood there will be a GM-sourced turbodiesel, a gasoline V6 engine, and a hybrid powertrain based on the system in SAIC’s Rowe 750.

MG and SAIC have decided to provide the Mazda Miata with a little competition which could mean trouble for Mazda. Right now, it seems that Mazda is doing some damage with the Miata and its faithful followers, but one look at this rendering and people might decide to jump ship and cruise with the MG. We’ll have to reserve our judgment until we see some specs and, of course, pricing.

Source: Straightline

When you reach the age of 50, it’s normal to start thinking about things that you still want to accomplish before you become too old to do them. For 52 year old, Roy Locock, that involves circumnavigating the world in a car.
Now if you think that this is more than just a pipe dream from an ambitious man, guess again.

Locock is dead serious about going around the world and he’s doing it behind the wheel of the unlikeliest of vehicles, a 1977 MG Midget. Locock purchased the car three years ago and began touring parts of Italy and Spain. Not content with the miles he covered in his first go-round, Locock decided to take his trusty Midget – which, by the way, goes by the name of Bridget – to see the world. Literally.

Armed with nothing more than five-days of ration, two 10-liter gas cans, and his trusty old Bridget, Locock set out for his journey a year ago, starting from Oxford, England and moving all the way to Chennai, India. Not long after that, Locock took a boat down to Australia, where he proceeded to drive around the entire continent before hopping on another boat, this time to Argentina, where he has gone all the way up to Canada.

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MG is preparing to unveil two new of its light weight mid engine sports cars. The first new MG TF will be an entry level version called the TF 135, priced at £13,511. The sporty little MG will get a 1.8 Liter 16v K-series engine that makes 135 HP, hence the TF 135.

The second is a special edition that marks MG’s 85th anniversary. This is a very special car and will be available in three distinct colors, complete with 85th anniversary graphics on the outside and stunning aubergine leather trim on the interior.

Source: AutoCar
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Chineses Restart MG Rover Plant in Longbridge

MG’s current owners, China’s Nanjing Automobile Group Corp., originally planned to bring the legendary marque back to the United States in the summer 2008. Well new announcements have showed that those plans have been pushed back indefinitely. Plans also had included building MG’s in Oklahoma from kits shipped from China.

"The U.S.A. isn’t on the short-term radar as an anticipated market for us, but with the right product, it would be good to return there," Gary Hagen, marketing director of NAC MG. No reason was given as to why NAC MG changed it’s US release plans. It was simply stated that "The deal fell through".

MGs were last sold in the United States in 1980. Since then many plans to reintroduce the brand to the US have never come to fruition.

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Chineses Restart MG Rover Plant in Longbridge

Full-scale car manufacturing resumed today at what is left of the historic Longbridge factory. The first car in production is the two-seater MG TF LE500 sports car - an update of the version sold from 2002 to 2005. The cars will sell for £16,400 ($32,400) and are set to be delivered to customers next month.

The factory had been closed since MG collapsed three years ago, causing the loss of 6,000 jobs. In July 2005, what is now Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) bought MG Rover’s assets for 53 million pounds. The new owners demolished over half of the Longbridge facility, but the factory was of such massive size that it still has the capacity to employ about 1,000 workers.

"We are delighted to have reached this important point and are looking forward to seeing the cars in showrooms shortly," said MG UK corporate communications manager Eleanor De La Haye. "If you look at the pre-orders that we have had through our dealers, about 70 percent are already sold and that tells its own story."

MG announced prices for the TF LE500: 16,399 pounds (20,700 euros). Sales will begin in September. The price of the two-seater sports car will include a body-colored hardtop, air conditioning and parking sensors.

MG will also introduce an entry-level TF that will substantially undercut the Mazda’s price.

The new MG TF will make its debut around 2010 and will replace the TF – production of which is back on track at MG Rover’s old home of Longbridge in the West Midlands. Based on the current Roewe 550 compact hatch, which made its debut at the Beijing Motor Show, the future TF will be available in both coupe and convertible version.

The new TF takes some of its styling inspiration from the MG SV supercar and X80 concept. Those models were both based on the Mangusta – a sports car from Italian maker Qvale, which MG Rover bought in 2001.

The 2010 TF will be based on a rear-wheel-drive platform dev­eloped in conjunction with British engineering expert Ricardo and will be powered by MG Rover-based engines – including a 1.8-litre turbo and 2.5-litre V6.

Source: AutoExpress
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