MG6 will launch in the UK in 2011; TF production set to re-start; new TF and supermini planned

MG Motor is now building the first batches of pre-production MG6s at Longbridge as it ramps up for series production early next year when the hatchback goes on sale.

Originally MG had planned to launch it late this year, but has decided that a 2011 debut will have more impact.

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Insiders say that the company may also continue to batch build the TF roadster into 2011, too. Build for this year has now stopped, sales dropping off post-summer and dealers having sufficient stocks to meet demand over autumn and winter.

But it’s thought that the full relaunch of the MG brand and MG6 in tandem could generate enough showroom traffic to justify producing another batch.

That will probably be the last production run of the mid-engined sports car, which will then be 16 years old.

Read more on MG Motor's plans for a new TF

MG Motor plans a replacement for the TF, but that is several years away, the company keen to gradually rebuild a presence in the UK and Europe with more mainstream sporting hatchbacks.

The MG6 is expected to be joined by an MG version of the smaller Roewe 350, prototype versions of which are testing in the UK, and a production version of the MG Zero supermini unveiled at the Beijing show earlier this year.

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17 September 2010

Jasus wept! The front bumper looks like it was left too long in the paint oven. The rest - serious yawn material

17 September 2010

I like it. But then Im biased :D I think its styling is neat, well-resolved, & a welcome break from the modern school of design which seems to be "make light clusters bigger, windows smaller, then put random slashes all down the side" (mk3 Focus case in point). Maybe that makes me boring but I think its quite a neat design.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

17 September 2010

[quote ischiaragazzo]Jasus wept! The front bumper looks like it was left too long in the paint oven. The rest - serious yawn material[/quote]I think its a lovely clean tidy car with some nice simple design touchs and even 5 years from now will still look good maybe black ain,t its best colour . At least it has no silly chrome on the bumber and windows and elsewhere less to worry about . And it sounds like its going to have a well sorted chassis and driving dynamics from earlier reports by AutoCar . So at least give it a chance .

17 September 2010

Other than the ride the car struggles in every other parameter when compared to present competition. Now with the next generation of Focus, Astra, C4 etc... this will fall behind further, if and when launched in 2011. 16k isn't a cheap enough bargain for people to take this risk.

17 September 2010

A tired car years out of date, would be only any good if ridiculously cheap.

17 September 2010

I am not sure about all the negative comments here. We dont know how it drives yet. We dont know what a UK spec car will look like exactly, we dont know how much they will cost. Is all the negativity due to the MG badge? The chinese Ownership?

I will wait before passing judgment untill we know more about it. But surely a car designed in the UK, to be built in the UK should be something to be celebrated these days. If its any good, having bits made in China before being assembled here will only make it cheaper. How can that be a bad thing?

17 September 2010

I think it looks fine, certainly makes a change from the predictable Astra, Leon, Cee'd style thats getting so dull now. Give it a chance, it just might be an interesting alternative.

17 September 2010

I want to be enthusiastic about the return of MG, but to my mind this is one of the least inspired designs I have seen in quite some time. Very little about this car says 'sporty' or 'desirable'; if anything it looks like something from 1990's South Korea.

17 September 2010

hold on,autocar has already road tested a pre production model and it out drives and out rides a focus......the production version will be even better im sure so why the negative comments???????.......or it it just the usual anti mg rhetoric you find on here from the ford lobby?

17 September 2010

If it handles as well as the reports suggest, then that's good. Shame it looks so drearily derivative (like a cross between a Proton Gen-2 and a Nissan Primera). On the other hand, it thank god it doesn't look big and butch and aggressive like most German cars (or Vauxhalls), with stupid Penny-Farting diameter wheels.

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