MG Motor is now building the first batches of pre-production MG6s at Longbridge as it ramps up for series production early next year when the hatchback goes on sale.
Originally MG had planned to launch it late this year, but has decided that a 2011 debut will have more impact.
Insiders say that the company may also continue to batch build the TF roadster into 2011, too. Build for this year has now stopped, sales dropping off post-summer and dealers having sufficient stocks to meet demand over autumn and winter.
But it’s thought that the full relaunch of the MG brand and MG6 in tandem could generate enough showroom traffic to justify producing another batch.
That will probably be the last production run of the mid-engined sports car, which will then be 16 years old.