Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) building two cars based on the Roewe 550 platform
27 March 2009

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) has confirmed it will release two new MG models in the UK based on its Roewe 550 platform.

Both models will be based on a cut down version of the Rover 75 platform.

An MG spokesman confirmed that a four-door saloon and fiver-door hatchback were being developed, but declined to name a launch date.

The five-door hatchback will be badged as an MG6 and will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, available with automatic and manual gearboxes..

Both cars will first be sold by SAIC in China, with UK and Ireland set to follow. The spokesman said that both models may also be sold in other European markets.

MG currently has one model on sale in the UK, the TF. The company revealed that 129 TFs were sold last year.

Mark Tisshaw

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