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SAIC Motor takes over MG in New Zealand

SAIC Motor has announced it will be taking over the distribution of its MG subsidiary in New Zealand from British Motor Distributors. As part of the move, the company will introduce the MG3 automatic hatchback and ZS crossover to the New Zealand market later this year, joining the existing MG6 Plus, MG3 manual and GS SUV...

VFACTS: MG sales on the rise

MG may have a hallowed name, but it hasn’t really been relevant to Australians for a very long time, since it was a purveyor of iconic British drop-tops. That appears to be changing, however, with the company making some serious inroads thanks in large part to the ZS small crossover SUV. Take January 2019, a month in which it sold 503 cars, up 10-fold over the same month in 2018...

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...

MG is 'here to stay’ in Australia

Chinese-owned MG says it's fully committed to Australia, as its parent company uses our market as a test bed for its western expansion. MG Australia’s director of marketing, Danny Lenartic, this week told CarAdvice Australia is an extremely important market to MG, given parent company SAIC’s plans for overseas expansion...

MG: Similarities to Japanese, Euro designs ‘don’t matter’

Any design similarities between MG cars and those of European or Japanese manufacturers are irrelevant, according to the brand, given its near-100 year history and the general direction of the modern automotive design. Speaking with CarAdvice at the brand’s R&D centre in Shanghai today, MG chief designer, Shao Jinfeng, said the brand is more British than ever and criticism of its identity or similarity to other brands is not a concern...

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

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...

MG Motor Australia expands dealer network

MG Motor Australia has expanded its dealer network, adding four dealerships – Moorooka (Qld), Redcliffe (Qld), Wagga Wagga (NSW), and Werribee (Vic) – to bring the brand’s dealer network in Australia to 10. The British marque, now owned by Chinese auto giant SAIC Motor, relaunched in Australia late last year with a small range of models...

MG says three-star safety is 'no issue' for MG 3

Executives from MG’s parent company, SAIC, have defended the MG 3 and MG 6’s sub-standard ANCAP safety rating, stating the models are safe as they are. Speaking to media at the Australian launch of the new LDV G10 turbo-diesel van, Chinese executives said that their market research into the Australian market suggested buyers would still be accepting of the MG 3’s three-star and MG 6’s four-star safety rating, but also conceded that the company is working as fast as it can to improve those scores...

2017 MG 3, MG 6 Plus pricing and specs: Reborn marque launches, again, in Australia

MG has launched the 2017 MG 3 hatch and 2017 MG 6 Plus fastback in Australia, marking the Chinese-owned British brand's latest swing at the Australian market. The storied brand's most recent appearance in the hugely competitive Australian market was through a local distributor, but it failed to make any real headway and cars were left unsold for months...