Historic British brand MG, in Chinese hands since 2006, is planning a comeback in the Australian market.
The brand most recently tried its luck in our hugely competitive market through a local distributor operation, also Chinese-owned, but the brand failed to make any real headway.
This time, MG owner SAIC - China’s largest carmaker and a manufacturing partner to General Motors and Volkswagen - is taking direct control of the brand’s Australian sales.
MG 3 - April
The first cab off the rank will be the light MG 3 hatch, revealed at the 2013 Shanghai auto show.
In its current form, the MG 3 is powered by a 77kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, matched to a five-speed manual.
The MG 3 will launch here in April, but it remains to be seen if an update to the nearly three year-old car will appear first. MG Australia CEO, Jason Pecotic, has told CarAdvice however that the existing MG 3 is still defined as a current model.
MG 6 - September
The MG 6 will get another go at the Australian market in September, after failing to take off under previous distributor Longwell.
A facelifted version of the MG 6 debuted earlier this year in overseas markets, but it remains to be seen if the local relaunch will begin with this updated model or the roughly 600 unsold vehicles left over from the previous Australian effort.
Australian models in the previous range were powered by a 118kW/215Nm 1.8-litre SOHC petrol engine. The revised range again features a 1.8-litre petrol engine, along with a 1.9-litre diesel, but the latter is not expected here because it is a manual-only model.
The new MG operation in Australia has confirmed that the MG 6 will launch with an automatic transmission only.
Revealed as a concept way back in 2013, the MG CS SUV is expected to make its production debut in 2016.
Little about the final version of the CS has been revealed, although MG said in 2013 that it will "expand the global reach of the MG brand".
Although the CS concept is unquestionably the freshest-looking model from MG in years, it will enter a hugely competitive market in Australia.
Local timing is still to be confirmed, but MG Australia chief Jason Pecotic has told CarAdvice that a late 2016 debut is the target.