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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...


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...


MG GS: first Chinese car to get ANCAP five-star rating
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MG GS: first Chinese car to get ANCAP five-star rating

Crash safety scorer ANCAP has awarded the updated 2017 MG GS crossover SUV a five-star rating - the first time a vehicle from China has hit the mark. It's a fairly significant milestone, given we're seeing a steady rise in the number of China-made brands and vehicles on offer...


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 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? More like My God...
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MG? More like My God...

MG is a venerable British brand... wait, wait. MG was a venerable British brand, once upon a time. But it isn't that any more. The latest offerings to bear the MG badge simply don't live up to anything that you would expect of such an iconic marque. I mean, they are kind of cute. And I guess most MGs that have come before them have been cute, too...


LDV e-G10 revealed in Guangzhou, under consideration for Australia
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LDV e-G10 revealed in Guangzhou, under consideration for Australia

The all-electric LDV e-G10 has been unveiled over the weekend at the Guangzhou motor show, becoming the Chinese manufacturer's latest model in its expanding line-up. Powered by a 75kW/380Nm electric motor, the LDV e-G10 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in under 14 seconds on its way to a top speed of 150km/h...


MG Motor Australia says safety is a priority
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MG Motor Australia says safety is a priority

When MG launched the MG 6 locally in 2013 there were some challenges, which ultimately contributed to the SAIC Motor-owned brand retreating from Australia. The MG 6 initially didn't fully comply with Australian Design Rules, and it scored a four-star ANCAP safety rating when tested in 2013...


MG GS SUV on the horizon for Australia
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MG GS SUV on the horizon for Australia

MG Motor Australia has relaunched the iconic British-born brand in Australia with the introduction of the 2017 MG 3 hatch and the 2017 MG 6 Plus fastback. There was something missing, however: the much newer MG GS SUV that went on sale in Europe earlier this year...


MG Motor Australia: 'It will be different this time'
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MG Motor Australia: 'It will be different this time'

MG has relaunched in Australia under the watchful eye of Chinese owners, SAIC Motor. SAIC is China's largest carmaker and, after taking over MG in 2006, an attempt to return to the Australian market through a local distributor operation was made back in 2013. After failing to make an impact, the iconic British badge has now returned, launching the 2017 MG 3 hatch and 2017 MG 6 Plus fastback in Sydney this week...


SAIC Motor announces MG plans for Australia
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SAIC Motor announces MG plans for Australia

The largest automotive company in China, SAIC Motor, has announced it has established an Australian subsidiary that represents "a vital opportunity in strengthening connections and cooperation between the Australian and Chinese automotive industries"...


LDV working on new ute for Australia
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LDV working on new ute for Australia

Chinese newcomer LDV is hard at work developing a new ute for the Australian market. The Chinese company – which currently sells the G10 van (pictured) and people-mover and the larger V80 commercial van – is looking to expand its footprint in Australia with a ute model that will no doubt follow a similar formula to the models it currently sells...