MG has revealed the first right-hand drive, production-quality MG6 assembled in the UK

A revitalised MG Motor is closing in on the UK launch of the MG6 hatch after it revealed the first right-hand drive, production-quality car assembled in the UK.

The Focus-sized, five-door MG6 is officially on sale next January with deliveries scheduled for March and prices tipped to range between £16k - £20k. A four-door follows in early 2012.

See the pics of the UK-spec MG6

Part-designed in the UK, the MG6 will be powered by a 147bhp 1.8 turbo and is said to be capable of 120mph and 0-62mph in around nine seconds.

The engine is a third-generation version of Rover’s K-series, now re-named N-series, re-engineered with better cooling, lubrication and head gasket.

Chinese-owned MG Motor is shipping knockdown kits of the MG6 to Longbridge for assembly into finished cars.Read Autocar's exclsuive first drive of the MG6

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5 November 2010

made in china. rubbish. give me a focus anyday.

5 November 2010

[quote julianlee]made in china. rubbish. give me a focus anyday.[/quote]

Really? I thought it was designed and engineered in the UK and assembled at Longbridge. Please provide your sources...

In my view, it's a nice looking but somewhat generic car. As long as it's well screwed together then why not buy one and be a bit different to all those boring Focus/ Nissan/ Vauxhall drivers?

I'd have one.

5 November 2010

[quote TStag]

In my view, it's a nice looking but somewhat generic car. As long as it's well screwed together then why not buy one and be a bit different to all those boring Focus/ Nissan/ Vauxhall drivers?

I'd have one

[/quote]

Fair point, but WHY are they still using the remnants of that god awful K series engine?! Even some girls know about that engine and it's problems - now that's saying something for how bad the problem has been over the years!

5 November 2010

[quote TStag]

[quote julianlee]made in china. rubbish. give me a focus anyday.[/quote]

Really? I thought it was designed and engineered in the UK and assembled at Longbridge. Please provide your sources...

In my view, it's a nice looking but somewhat generic car. As long as it's well screwed together then why not buy one and be a bit different to all those boring Focus/ Nissan/ Vauxhall drivers?

I'd have one.

[/quote] Totally agree! If MG can deliver on quality, why should not this be a success, especially if it provides much needed jobs for British workers. I wish them well.

5 November 2010

Two problems for me. One is it looks dated already, sort of a cross between a Proton and the last Nissan Primera and the second is the price. £16k starting price seems awfully high for a car that re-launches a marque in the UK that didn't have the best of reputations for reliablility last time round.

They could do with starting it lower, say £13k to try to get some buyers through the door early and once they have established a decent reputation for quality and reliability, then they can up the price and try to compete at the same price as a Focus/Astra (which personally, I think are overpriced too - I'll take an i30, C'eed or Octavia).

Any news of any other engines (especially a diesel)?

5 November 2010

£16k-£20k.... proper Banzai marketing strategy methinks. No chance for them when the competition will be Proton

5 November 2010

its a Subaru Impreza

good luck with that

5 November 2010

[quote weenedonpetrol]Totally agree! If MG can deliver on quality, why should not this be a success, especially if it provides much needed jobs for British workers. I wish them well.[/quote]

And so do I.

But i cant help feeling that if just 1 billion of our 140 billion defecit had gone to MG Rover instead of the banks then this car would have been properly british to the finish and all proceeds from the sale of these cars would stay in the UK.

Sure I know it all been said before, but it should be said over and over until those who decided to let MG Rover die are properly exposed. A nation as apparently great as ours should have a national motor industry.

Anyway, I wil be having a nose around one at my local MG dealer at launch time.

5 November 2010

i will be very interested to see one up close, give it a drive, and read what the press say.

Its a shame some here feel the need to have a go at someone prepared to invest into uk car production before we know anything about it.

Looks are a personal thing, but i thinks its rather inofensive - which makes it much better than some

Engineering? we dont know

How it drives? we dont know

will it be reliable? we dont know, but judging by the many other Chinese things we now all own, i would say its got a very good chance of being fine.

5 November 2010

I'm guessing I'm one of the few people here to see it in the flesh. Looks neat and well proportioned. As for 'boring' well, even the class leading focus has got more boring over the years.

I've read a few quite good reports on it to (including one in Autocar). Personally I'll wait 'til its been properly roadtested before assuming its rubbish just because its made in China. Despite it being engineered and finally assembled here in the UK. China has got quite good at making things... I'm actually more concerned about 'our' final leg of the build....

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