Just 548 6s were sold last year, compared with 2603 sales for MG's 3 hatchback; brand still expects sales to grow despite loss of model
16 June 2016

The MG 6 hatchback has been dropped from the UK after the brand decided not to update its diesel engine to meet Euro 6 regulations, the company has said.

Sales of the MG 6 were running at a fraction of those of the MG 3 supermini. Last year, the company sold 548 of the MG 6, compared with 2603 sales of the smaller MG 3 hatch, according to statistics from JATO Dynamics. The company has stopped building the model at its factory in Longbridge, Birmingham, where the MG 3 is assembled.

Last year MG, which is owned by Chinese automotive giant SAIC Motor, axed the petrol version of the MG 6 in order to concentrate on the diesel.

The 1.9-litre diesel engine was developed in-house by SAIC for both Europe and the Chinese market. However, SAIC’s plan to push diesel in its home market foundered, making the engine uneconomical to develop further for the UK. No MG model will now use the engine.

“A while ago some very senior people within SAIC made representations to China’s government about diesel passenger cars, but then the Volkswagen story broke,” said Iain Fleming, engine boss at SAIC’s UK technical centre in Longbridg. “Diesel cars are going nowhere in China,” he said.

MG has just started selling the petrol-only GS SUV, which uses a new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine developed with General Motors. MG UK hasn’t ruled out fitting the SUV with the diesel engine in future, but it seems unlikely given the cost to update the emissions technology to pass the stringent EU 6 regulations, which are tougher on toxic exhaust gases such as NOx.

Fleming said MG and its sister brand Roewe are instead concentration on hybrids and pure electric cars in China. The company gave no timetable for introducing hybrid models into the UK.

Despite losing the MG 6, sales and marketing director Matthew Cheyne predicted that MG sales will hit 5000 units this year, up from 3158 last year. At the end of next year, MG will import a new supermini SUV to the UK to rival the likes of the Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka.

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16 June 2016
Sad, however, I think unless the GS takes off, that this could spell the end of MG in the UK once more. They simply need to up their game massively to compete with the competition. If their engines were on a par with the best then that would be a start.

Gerwyn

16 June 2016
They may as well pack up and go now. If they think selling that new crappy crossover with just a petrol engine is going to revive their fortunes they have a thing coming. Porsche managed that since they had the dealers and the quality to sell something totally different to what they were known for. MG selling crossovers? Non 4x4 petrol only ones at that?! Snowball's chance in hell of even approaching those 2,600 sales the MG 3 somehow managed. Good riddance.

16 June 2016
[quote=NeufNeuf]
Snowball's chance in hell of even approaching those 2,600 sales the MG 3 somehow managed. Good riddance.[/quote
Presumably loads of these "sales" are pre-reg models that are offered with no mileage and BIG discounts. Every MG dealer seems to have them and they are tempting if you want a new car at used prices. There was talk of an MG1 which was electric but hasn't appeared so far. There was also talk of a 1.0 litre engine for the MG3 which might have lower emissions than the present 1.5. I was tempted by an MG Metro in 1982 but changed my mind. However an MG1 might just be what I'm looking for and mean an MG in my garage at last.

16 June 2016
[quote=NeufNeuf]
Snowball's chance in hell of even approaching those 2,600 sales the MG 3 somehow managed. Good riddance.[/quote
Presumably loads of these "sales" are pre-reg models that are offered with no mileage and BIG discounts. Every MG dealer seems to have them and they are tempting if you want a new car at used prices. There was talk of an MG1 which was electric but hasn't appeared so far. There was also talk of a 1.0 litre engine for the MG3 which might have lower emissions than the present 1.5. I was tempted by an MG Metro in 1982 but changed my mind. However an MG1 might just be what I'm looking for and mean an MG in my garage at last.

16 June 2016
There was NEVER talk of an MG1, it was a concept car, nothing more, the MG6 was always destined to be a limited sales proposition, until the MG 3 and MG GS came out, there WILL and is antother engine coming for the MG3, it is doing the testing at Millbrook - There is also another engine and Four Wheel Drive coming on the GS.

Next year sees the introduction of another ALL NEW model to the UK, again thats doing the rounds of testing now, and will be a smaller SUV, and there will be a third SUV to compliment the other two, the market the Six is in, is a strange one, and is dominated by about four cars, and always has been, getting a foothold is very hard, some bigger brands have found it difficult.

MG's sales have increased every year, and are already ahead this year, and with the GS will grow even more, the cars are good, they get decent ratings from the owners which is all that matters, and have performed well in the Auto Express driver power thing each year.

Unless you have some actual knowledge of the cars or have spent time driving them, how can you slag it off, thats shows a limited intelligence, the brand is back, and is NOT going anywhere, they sell a large number of MG's around the world, so they are not going to dump a brand thats making money, even the UK made a small profit last year on the limited sales they had.

16 June 2016
There was NEVER talk of an MG1, it was a concept car, nothing more, the MG6 was always destined to be a limited sales proposition, until the MG 3 and MG GS came out, there WILL and is antother engine coming for the MG3, it is doing the testing at Millbrook - There is also another engine and Four Wheel Drive coming on the GS.

Next year sees the introduction of another ALL NEW model to the UK, again thats doing the rounds of testing now, and will be a smaller SUV, and there will be a third SUV to compliment the other two, the market the Six is in, is a strange one, and is dominated by about four cars, and always has been, getting a foothold is very hard, some bigger brands have found it difficult.

MG's sales have increased every year, and are already ahead this year, and with the GS will grow even more, the cars are good, they get decent ratings from the owners which is all that matters, and have performed well in the Auto Express driver power thing each year.

Unless you have some actual knowledge of the cars or have spent time driving them, how can you slag it off, thats shows a limited intelligence, the brand is back, and is NOT going anywhere, they sell a large number of MG's around the world, so they are not going to dump a brand thats making money, even the UK made a small profit last year on the limited sales they had.

16 June 2016
There was NEVER talk of an MG1, it was a concept car, nothing more, the MG6 was always destined to be a limited sales proposition, until the MG 3 and MG GS came out, there WILL and is antother engine coming for the MG3, it is doing the testing at Millbrook - There is also another engine and Four Wheel Drive coming on the GS.

Next year sees the introduction of another ALL NEW model to the UK, again thats doing the rounds of testing now, and will be a smaller SUV, and there will be a third SUV to compliment the other two, the market the Six is in, is a strange one, and is dominated by about four cars, and always has been, getting a foothold is very hard, some bigger brands have found it difficult.

MG's sales have increased every year, and are already ahead this year, and with the GS will grow even more, the cars are good, they get decent ratings from the owners which is all that matters, and have performed well in the Auto Express driver power thing each year.

Unless you have some actual knowledge of the cars or have spent time driving them, how can you slag it off, thats shows a limited intelligence, the brand is back, and is NOT going anywhere, they sell a large number of MG's around the world, so they are not going to dump a brand thats making money, even the UK made a small profit last year on the limited sales they had.

16 June 2016
The know all's of the motoring world (MG car knockers) don't seem to mention actually looking at the cars in the flesh or driving them. A tirade about being owned by the Chinese and not being a genuine MG isn't bringing nothing new or constructive to the table (MG Metro, Maestro, Montego, ZR, ZS and ZT are warmed over Austin Rover products, remember). If they'd put their money where their mouths are, MG may still be British. Now I went over the MG GS at the British Motor show in London this year. It's not bad at all. The MG3 and 6 weren't really my cup of tea. The MG3 and 6 engine wise was never really a full contender and the MG3 is a bit too budget / boy racer for me. Yes, the engines could have been more efficient and cleaner, and the interior more robust but if you want VAG / BMW interior build, buy one of their cars for a lot more money! And most cars these days apart from budget models get 6 speed manual gearboxes these days, but with SAIC/MG, they have to start somewhere and aim upwards, hopefully. My brothers and I loved my youngest brothers MG Maestro 2.0 EFI,(then, as he said, "You just borrowed it and gave me it back. You never actually had to live with it's faults" I wasn't so pleased with the ownership of my wife's MG 1.4 ZR, water leaks, electrical maladies and... reintroduced to rust bubbles! And so, I now settled on a Honda this time round. But I'll be keeping a close eye on the upcoming MG range of cars.

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16 June 2016
The know all's of the motoring world (MG car knockers) don't seem to mention actually looking at the cars in the flesh or driving them. A tirade about being owned by the Chinese and not being a genuine MG isn't bringing nothing new or constructive to the table (MG Metro, Maestro, Montego, ZR, ZS and ZT are warmed over Austin Rover products, remember). If they'd put their money where their mouths are, MG may still be British. Now I went over the MG GS at the British Motor show in London this year. It's not bad at all. The MG3 and 6 weren't really my cup of tea. The MG3 and 6 engine wise was never really a full contender and the MG3 is a bit too budget / boy racer for me. Yes, the engines could have been more efficient and cleaner, and the interior more robust but if you want VAG / BMW interior build, buy one of their cars for a lot more money! And most cars these days apart from budget models get 6 speed manual gearboxes these days, but with SAIC/MG, they have to start somewhere and aim upwards, hopefully. My brothers and I loved my youngest brothers MG Maestro 2.0 EFI,(then, as he said, "You just borrowed it and gave me it back. You never actually had to live with it's faults" I wasn't so pleased with the ownership of my wife's MG 1.4 ZR, water leaks, electrical maladies and... reintroduced to rust bubbles! And so, I now settled on a Honda this time round. But I'll be keeping a close eye on the upcoming MG range of cars.

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