Now that the Chinese takeover of M.G. is over (and the name changed from Morris Garages to Modern Gentlemen) Nanjing Auto (the new owners) are set to restart production of MG cars in the UK.
The first car to roll of the production line will be the MG TFs, expected by June. Meanwhile, Nanjing has already started producing the M.G. cars in China. The aim is to produce 50,000 cars annually by 2009.
A UK news paper has reported that Wang Hongbiao, Nanjing’s boss in the UK, has been discussing some details about a new sports car that is currently under development. The report indicated the car will be out by 2009.
The plan is to assemble the cars in the UK (making them British made), but source the essentials, such as engine & gearboxe from China. Nanjing plans to open a new research centre in China come 2008 which makes us think this new sports car will be the first sports car designed in China!
Furthermore, M.G. is expected to bring back the Austin brand with two new models in 2009, there are no reports of whether or not any of the new M.G. cars will make it to Australia. Something about a Chinese made engine/gearbox in an M.G. just doesn’t sit right.