Longbridge plant will produce new hatchback alongside the MG6

SAIC has confirmed it will build its new Roewe 350 hatchback at its Longbridge plant.

SAIC already carries out its R&D at Longbridge and will build the MG6 hatchback at the plant later this year, alongside the MG TF.

See the Roewe N1 concept pics

The first Roewe 350 models have come down the production line of the firm’s Pukou plant in Nanjing, China, although SAIC’s executive vice president Chen Zhixing didn’t say when 350 production in Britain would begin.

The 350 is 4520mm long, 1780mm wide and 1500 high and has a wheelbase of 2650mm. This makes it roughly the same size as a Ford Focus. It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, which powers the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

The Roewe 350 was first seen as the N1 concept at last year’s Shanghai motor show. It is the smallest model in the Roewe range, sitting below 550 and 750 models.

Exact details of how the 350 and MG6 haven’t been confirmed by SAIC, but the firm has previously said it could make complete knocked down kits in China before being shipped to Longbridge for assembly.

The MG6 will be sold in Europe through existing MG Rover dealers.

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24 March 2010

More UK built cars can only be a good thing. Lets just hope its a decent car. It looks OK

24 March 2010

If they build it exactly like that then it will be fine - if they've watered it down - then no one will buy it - hope the 1.5 litre is a good engine though - would be good if the turbo'd it.

24 March 2010

i think they are calling in the Mg 5

24 March 2010

[quote artill]More UK built cars can only be a good thing.[/quote]

I agree wholeheartedly, but does this idea of building the cars from a kit remind you of what the UK motor industry used to do in the 1960s and 1970s in the developing countries - oh how the mightly have fallen!

24 March 2010

So it'll be sold in Europe through existing MG and Rover dealers? Erm ... what MG and Rover dealers? SAIC has a small MG dealer network in the UK, but nowhere else as far as I'm aware. And there haven't been any Rover dealership since 2005, surely?

Still, if all this does happen, it's great news. Yes, the cars will be assembled from Chinese-supplied kits - but at least it's some activity at Longbridge, and a sign that MG does have a future once again (and one not just confined to the Chinese market).

24 March 2010

Smart looking car. Could do well.

Looks more credible than the MG6 although that's not bad either. So long as they shy well away from passing it off as a premium or sub-premium brand I would say it looks very promising altogether.

I will look forward to hearing more about this.

24 March 2010

saic have already said that the roewe brand will not be coming to europe.

all cars will be mg's

this car should be the mg4 saloon and hatchback ,no details or images of the hatch have been seen but saic would be shooting themselves in the foot if no hatch were available.

24 March 2010

1.5 litre engine eh? Be still my beating heart.

24 March 2010

This looks like a credible attempt if a little slab sided around the area below the 'C' pillar, although this could just be the camera angle. I would like to see pictures of the interior though.

1.5 litre engine was turbo'd in the last script about one of SAIC cars and I think I thought it was a little underpowered.

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