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SAIC Motor opens London design studio

The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corportation, better known as SAIC – parent of the LDV and MG brands – has opened a new design studio in London, UK. Dubbed 'SAIC Design Advanced London', the new creative hub is the company's second European-based design centre, after MG's Birmingham facility which opened in 2011...

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2020 MG GS: Australian late 2019 launch confirmed
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2020 MG GS: Australian late 2019 launch confirmed

Australian buyers will see an all-new replacement for the ageing MG GS in late 2019, with the recently revealed MG HS confirmed to wear the GS badge here. Dubbed the "Horse SUV", loosely translated from the Chinese press releases, the HS is the production version of the X-Motion concept revealed earlier this year...


2019 MG 3 pricing and specs
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2019 MG 3 pricing and specs

MG has revealed pricing and specs for the facelifted 3 range, headlined by the addition of an automatic transmission and a new media system with smartphone mirroring. The range will start with the MG 3 Core, priced from $15,990 drive-away. Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine making 82kW and 150Nm, hooked up to a four-speed automatic transmission...


2018 Skoda Kamiq revealed
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2018 Skoda Kamiq revealed

The new Skoda Kamiq crossover has been officially revealed ahead of its debut at the Beijing motor show later this week, with the new model to go on sale in China in just a "couple of months" time. Joining the larger Karoq and Kodiaq in the Czech brand's Chinese line-up, the Kamiq is the littlest member of its SUV family, measuring 4390mm long, 1781mm wide and 1593mm tall – roughly the same size as a Nissan Qashqai...


MG X-Motion concept teased
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MG X-Motion concept teased

MG has teased a new concept for the Beijing motor show later this month, dubbed X-Motion, said to preview a new SUV that will go on sale in China some time next year. A trio of shadowy images has been released by the now Chinese-owned British brand, showing a striking and aggressive crossover taking design cues from the beautiful E-Motion sports car concept revealed last year...


2018 MG 3 facelift here in Q3 2018
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2018 MG 3 facelift here in Q3 2018

The updated 2018 MG 3 range has been scheduled for a third-quarter arrival in Australia, the company has told CarAdvice this week. A firm date is yet to be confirmed, but the new MG 3 will get a significant update inside and out, likely mirroring the changes seen in its home market of China (pictured)...


2018 MG 3 spied in Alice Springs - UPDATE
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2018 MG 3 spied in Alice Springs - UPDATE

Update (27/2): MG's local division has confirmed it is expecting the updated MG 3 range in the third quarter of this year. Get the full story here. The facelifted MG3 hatchback has been spied in Alice Springs this week, giving us an early preview of the reworked light car...


2018 MG ZS pricing and specs
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2018 MG ZS pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 MG ZS range have been revealed this week, with the Chinese-owned but British-badged SUV to kick off from $20,990 before on-road costs. Set to compete with the likes of the Mazda CX-3 (from $20,490) and Hyundai Kona (from $24,500), the ZS will be offered in two variants; Soul and Essence - with the latter priced from $23,990 plus ORCs...


Roewe Vision-E concept previews 2018 crossover
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Roewe Vision-E concept previews 2018 crossover

The Roewe Vision-E concept made its debut at the Shanghai motor show, and shouldn't be confused with the Skoda Vision E concept. A production car based on the Vision-E will reportedly go into production in 2018. We expect that car to lose the concept's suicide doors, and it will likely feature a toned version of both the interior and exterior...


MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration
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MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration

The next-generation MG GS will likely offer a seven-seat variant and will be launched by the end of the decade, according to company executives. Speaking with Australian media in Shanghai last week, general manager for MG Australia, Zhu Chao, said the next-generation GS will likely spawn a three-row version that will straddle the medium and large SUV segments, similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail...


2018 MG ZS review: Quick drive
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2018 MG ZS review: Quick drive

The 2018 MG ZS arrives later this year to take on the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR, but is it up to the challenge? James Wong takes a quick spin for a first impression.


LDV T60 ute "the path of least resistance" in improving brand image, local distributor says
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LDV T60 ute "the path of least resistance" in improving brand image, local distributor says

Australia's growing preference for SUVs might give the new LDV D90 a strong start, but the Chinese brand's Australian distributor believes it is our other big love - utes - that will make the incoming T60 the star of the range...


2018 MG ZS to debut ‘smartcar’ tech, but not in Australia... for now
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2018 MG ZS to debut ‘smartcar’ tech, but not in Australia... for now

The upcoming MG ZS small SUV, due to launch in Australia later this year, will feature some of parent company SAIC Motor’s intelligent internet technologies in its home market of China, a first for the MG brand. From launch, Chinese versions of the ZS will feature the intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant sourced from e-commerce giant Alibaba, integrated into the infotainment system of higher-grade models...


2018 LDV D90: Petrol power, sharp pricing for Australia
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2018 LDV D90: Petrol power, sharp pricing for Australia

Initial details for the 2018 LDV D90 have been released this week ahead of the new Chinese SUV's local launch later this year. Measuring just over five metres long and around two metres wide, the D90 will take on the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, along with other large seven-seat SUVs including the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger when it arrives in local showrooms in late September...


SAIC Motor planning model onslaught
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SAIC Motor planning model onslaught

Chinese automotive giant SAIC Motor has confirmed plans to launch a number of new passenger car and SUV models before the end of the decade, though whether some or all of these new vehicles will be sold globally is still to be confirmed...


2018 LDV T60 review: Quick drive
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2018 LDV T60 review: Quick drive

James Wong gets a first drive of China's latest ute, the 2017 LDV T60, before it arrives in Australian showrooms later this year.


MG E-Motion concept previews brand's next chapter
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MG E-Motion concept previews brand's next chapter

The MG E-Motion concept is the sports car everyone has been waiting for, from the Chinese-owned British brand, and it’s also a very important step towards the company’s future, according to the man who designed it. Speaking with media at the company’s research and design centre in Shanghai, Shao JingFeng, head designer at MG's parent company, SAIC Motor, said the electric sports car concept previews what to expect from future models...


MG promising five-star safety despite GS SUV's four-star ANCAP result
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MG promising five-star safety despite GS SUV's four-star ANCAP result

MG Australia remains committed to delivering five-star safety in its range, despite the new GS SUV managing only four stars in ANCAP crash tests. Speaking with CarAdvice at the local launch drive for the company's first-ever SUV, Danny Lenartic, MG Australia's senior manager for marketing and communications, said there's a strong focus on safety for the Chinese-owned brand...


MG and SAIC to pioneer new age of in-car connectivity
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MG and SAIC to pioneer new age of in-car connectivity

British brand MG and its Chinese parent SAIC Motor are planning to pioneer a new generation of connectivity in cars, according to the company's local arm. Speaking with CarAdvice at the local launch drive of the new GS SUV, Danny Lenartic, senior manager for marketing and communications at MG Motor Australia, said in the near future he hopes that these developments will help people see Chinese car companies in a different light...


MG GS should help Australians "fall in love with the brand again"
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MG GS should help Australians "fall in love with the brand again"

MG's local arm is hoping the new GS SUV will help customers fall in love with the brand again as it works to revive its presence in the Australian market. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch drive of the GS at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Victoria this week, Danny Lenartic, senior manager of marketing and communications at MG Motors Australia, said the company has high expectations for its first-ever crossover...