MG launches new hatchback, it's first since going into administration in 2005
17 October 2008

A new MG saloon has been launched, the first all-new product to wear the famous octagonal badge since MG Rover collapsed into administration in 2005. But for now, the MG 550 has only been introduced in the Chilean market. Behind the MG badge this is a Roewe 550, a car developed by Shanghai Automotive and based on a heavily modified Rover 75 platform. It has an all-new interior and is powered by an updated version of the familiar Rover K-series engine in 1.8-litre turbo form.

The MG branding has come about as a result of last year’s merger between SAIC and fellow Chinese manufacturer Nanjing, which acquired rights to the MG brand.One of the reasons Chinese authorities encouraged the two car makers to join up was because SAIC lacked a globally recognised brand for exports – something confirmed by the less-than-subtle application of MG logos to the 550.It’s likely that both the MG 550 and the 75-based MG 750 will be introduced to the European market, and may even be produced at Longbridge. The MG550 costs from 10.5 million Chilean Pesos - £9760 at current exchange rates.

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17 October 2008

You know what, that isn't half bad. I was expecting some kind of retro hell-beast from the late 90s, but this looks pretty modern and together.

Styling is slightly derivative; it looks like a Passat with a Chrysler Sebring front end and a Lexus GS rear. But at least it looks like it was designed this century.

I honestly don't know where I am with cars these days, when the Kias all drive better than Toyotas, the Peugeots have BMW engines and SEAT are having a go at close-up magic on old Audis. Apparently, Citroen now make German cars too. All very confusing.

17 October 2008

Without wishing to sound cynical - this isn't a new car, it's a picture. If every picture like this of a new MG/Rover that had appeared in Autocar over the last 10 years had actually made it into metal then the production lines at Longbridge would still be happily humming along.

17 October 2008

They are on the Austin-Rover fansite - can't post links directly, but go to

http://www.austin-rover.co.uk

and look at 'news'. It's a real car.

MG Writer

17 October 2008

I take it back - there's at least a rolling chassis in the pics in the link, although I think it is fair to say that you can see why they've only issued drawings here.

17 October 2008

Now if that was the pricing in the UK.....

I guess it won't be though, considering the price we have to pay for the new old TF.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

17 October 2008

The article starts "A new MG hatchback has been launched".
It takes a lot of effort to make such a major error in only the fourth word. The Roewe 550, and therefore the Chilean market MG 550, is currently only available as a four-door saloon.

Was the first line written by the same person who chose to use a picture of the 750 rather than the 550 that was the focus of the article?

Time for more quality control at Autocar Towers, I think.

17 October 2008

I tried posting but it seems to have got lost in the ether. Suffice to say this is a deal with a Spanish owned company to sell an MG badged version of the Chinese-market Roewe 550, which is not a hatchback but a saloon (a hatch may well follow, but the Chinese prefer their cars with boots).

MG Writer

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