Car production has resumed at the MG plant at Longbridge with the first examples of the new generation TF leaving the production line.
Production stopped at Longbridge when MG Rover collapsed in April 2005. The new operations are taking place on a small percentage of the former site, under the control of the new owners of the MG brand, NAC MG UK.
According to NAC, the company already has orders for two thirds of the 500 MG TF LE500s that will be first off the line. Sales will be handled by 57 dealers across the country, with the LE500 costing £16,500. Cheaper and more basic versions of the reborn TF will be produced later.
180 workers have been taken back on at Longbridge to produce the TF, which is assembled from kits imported from China. That’s a far cry from the 6000-strong workforce employed there before MG Rover’s collapse, but NAC claims it will expand its operations as sales volumes increase.