Over 35,000 Toyota models recalled in the UK; Renault plans to become second largest in Europe by 2017; MG launches MG3 servicing scheme

Toyota has recalled over 35,000 models in the UK over numerous safety concerns. The firm says that in some cases airbags can be deactivated in some RAV4s and Hilux cars, while seats and steering columns may be faulty in certain Yaris and Urban Cruiser models. In all cases, necessary work will be carried out free of charge.

Renault plans to be Europe’s second-largest automotive brand after Volkswagen by 2017. In an interview with industry paper Automotive News Europe, the firm’s European chairman Stefan Mueller said the sales boost will be spearheaded by the new Clio and Captur models. Last year, Renault was the third largest manufacturer in Europe behind PSA and VW, with total sales of 1,076,367 units.

MG has launched a new fixed-price servicing plan for the MG 3 hatchback. The scheme, called MG CARE3, is available for £550 and covers parts, labour and VAT costs for three years or 45,000 miles, whichever comes first. The new MG3 starts at £8399.

Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy has confirmed he will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2016 with Nissan. The firm will put Hoy through its Driver Development Programme, with the cyclist taking part in his first race with the British GT Championship later this month.

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9 April 2014
I wonder how sales of the MG3 are going? I've seen a couple on the road, but I thought the keen pricing might have meant it would sell better than the 6. I've no idea where the nearest dealer is though.

9 April 2014
From Aronline;

MG Sales figures since the MG3 became available:

Nov: 75
Dec: 120
Jan: 138
Feb: 47
Mar: 361

This includes some MG6s.

To find nearest dealers enter your postcode into the MG website. FWIW, I have 4 within 35 miles, so the coverage is slowly getting better.

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