The MG is to be made in Britain once more after SAIC Motor Corporation, the Chinese firm which owns the marque, unveiled a drive into the European car market.
China’s largest car manufacturer said it would commence selling the British-made car towards the end of 2010 as it seeks to capitalise on improving European sales. This will see production of MG resumed at the old Rover plant in Longbridge, Birmingham, later this year, beginning with the MG 6 saloon car.
Nearly 6,000 Rover employees at Longbridge lost their jobs in 2005 when the company collapsed into administration, halting production at the site for two years.
The Longbridge plant was taken over by China’s Nanjing Automobile, which merged with SAIC in 2007.
The new owners have been producing MG cars for sale in China but have yet to produce models for sale in Europe.
MG has been making sports cars since 1924, when it took its initials from Morris Garages, an Oxford dealer specialising in Morris cars.
Source: Daily Mail