MG lowers emissions on its MG6 diesel, while Audi confirms a successor to the RS3 is in development
7 October 2013

MG has cut the CO2 emissions figures for its diesel MG6 down to 129g/km. That's compared to 139g/km when the model first launched. The improvement is available on MG6 GT and Magnette diesel variants, while the decrease in emissions also lowers the tax band for all MG 6 diesels from group E to group D.

Audi has confirmed a successor to the current RS3 will be launched. Quattro GmbH chief Stephan Reil confirmed the decision to Autocar, saying the new model would rival the Merceded-Benz A45 AMG and would retain its predeccessor's 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine.

General Motors has submitted a patent for a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It's rumoured that the transmission might be used in the new Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray, replacing the car's existing six-speed torque converter automatic unit.

Infiniti has announced the appointment of Hugues Fabre as its new general manager in Western Europe. Currently the brand's global marketing strategy director, Fabre will take on the new role next month. He will be responsible for overseeing the brand's sales and marketing, focusing initially on the new Q50.

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7 October 2013

Good to see MG making improvements. Small steps, but they're getting there

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

7 October 2013

Has anyone noticed prices of the MG6 lately? A popular car supermarket is selling 2013 63 plate delivery miles 1.8T SE 4dr models which come with sat-nav etc, for UNDER £10k !!!! Or you can have the top-of-the-range TSE which has leather etc for £11k !!!!

That's 2013 '63 plate pre-reg cars !!! Unbelievable. No wonder my local dealer has had his demonstrator on sale for nearly 2 years.

Even with low emissions, there has to be serious doubts when it comes to depreciation on an MG6. You'd have to do a serious amount of miles to break even with the 1.8T at that price and even then, good luck when it comes to selling it.

Best thing MG could do is drop the car altogether because it'll never shake off that reputation. Pity, because the MG3 ticks all the right boxes.

7 October 2013

... always in the pipeline since Mercedes revealed the A45 AMG.
The million dollar question is will Audi make it so good that people buy it for more than its residual value and well-appointed interior?
I think its a question that might have been left unasked.

8 October 2013

The MG 6 1.9 DTi now matches the Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI on emissions as well as performance, while undercutting the VW's price by a couple of grand. There's a smaller, even more economical diesel in the pipeline, too! If only MG had more dealers...

8 October 2013

SAIC (aka MG) will have to do better than a £20 a year VED reduction to make their MG6 sell ... 'scotty 5' says it all ...

9 October 2013

And if still not eco enough an Eco engine say a D2 1.6 4 cylinder off the shelf unit. Either until they have their own ready or the MG6 reaches it's end of life? I couldn't see what this issue was interior wise, I thought it was much better built than the Toyota Auris I used to visit the dealer in. I think with a front end revision and new eco bits the car could have something. Awkward looks, 5 speed box, poor economy and bad depreciation (mostly due to the poor economy and 5 speed box) have made it a hard case to answer. Try tweaking it a little bit more!

10 October 2013
Mike in Bath wrote:

And if still not eco enough an Eco engine say a D2 1.6 4 cylinder off the shelf unit. Either until they have their own ready or the MG6 reaches it's end of life? I couldn't see what this issue was interior wise, I thought it was much better built than the Toyota Auris I used to visit the dealer in. I think with a front end revision and new eco bits the car could have something. Awkward looks, 5 speed box, poor economy and bad depreciation (mostly due to the poor economy and 5 speed box) have made it a hard case to answer. Try tweaking it a little bit more!

The MG 6 DCi does have a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol's going to get it soon as well.

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