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Old 05-13-2008, 11:50 AM   #37
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MG plant in UK to start operation.
13.05.2008, Beijing. SAIC Motor Corp will begin production of the MG TF LE500 roadster at MG Rover's old Longbridge plant in the UK in the beginning of August, the China Business News reported today.

The MG TF LE500 roadster will be first sold in UK, according to the report.

MG will focus on product research and development and production after planning, integration, quality improvement and auto parts optimization, said He Xiaoqing, general manager of the UK firm.

Current plans indicate that the Longbridge plant will produce four models, including the MG TF sporty car, a large-size sedan and other two models that share a platform with the Roewe 550.

The four models will be produced locally at the Longbridge plant, not assembled simply by importing spare parts from China.

Currently, MG brand vehicles that have entered or will go on sale in the market include the MG TF, MG3, MG7 1.8T. SAIC Motor will also start selling the Roewe 550.

In 2009, SAIC Motor will launch its self-developed mid-sized sedans under the name MG6 to complete the MG portfolio.

Currently, SAIC Motor has three independent auto brands: Roewe, MG and SsangYong. The automaker has plans to launche small-displacement Roewe and MG vehicles, according to Huang Keji, general manager of Nanjing MG Automotive Co Ltd.

In the future, all of SAIC Motor's engines below 1.8 liters will be produced by MG PowerTrain, Huang said.
Source: China Daily

Nanjing UK gets new head for production start.
May 13, 2008 - He Xiao Qing is the new chairman of Nanjing Automobile Corp.’s UK business.

He, who replaces Wang Hong Biao, will oversee the restart of MG production in England as head of NAC MG UK, which is based at the former MG Rover factory in Birmingham.

He will oversee the launch of the TF LE500 roadster, which begins production in August. Three other models are set to follow.

"I am delighted to have been appointed at such an exciting and busy time in this young company’s history," He said.

The 44-year-old executive already has experience in legal affairs, international trade and management and in international finance with NAC.

NAC bought the assets of MG Rover in 2005 after the British automaker collapsed into administration.

The Chinese firm was bought by its larger domestic rival SAIC for 2.1 billion yuan (about 196 million euros) in December.
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