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Old 04-03-2007, 05:07 PM   #51
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No Mega - The USA version will be a NEW car:

The machinery is up and running. MG Rover officially is back in production with new models for the first time since 1998, but with a “Made in China” sticker on the new sheetmetal.

The first cars off the new $362-million line in China are the MG TF two-seat convertible sports car (a modern copy of the popular original), and the MG7 series (a sedan based on the Rover 75 and MG ZT) in regular- and long-wheelbase form—all for the Chinese market.

The engines are Euro4 compliant in preparation for the European rollout later this year.

The Longbridge plant is gearing up to start assembly of right-hand-drive versions of the TF for the U.K. Tentatively Job One will be the end of May for sale in late August or early September.

At this point, Longbridge plans to build the TF convertible only, cranking out about 1500 of the mid-engine cars this year and 8000 or more in 2008, its first full year of production. Next year the car will find its way into other key European markets.

The U.K. plant does have the capability to add the MG7. Officially, it is not part of the immediate product plan, but cautious optimism pencils it in.
Additionally, the TF will undergo a change in about 18 months, at which point the addition of a coupe could be considered.

For those left panting in the U.S., the future is less clear.

The way things are shaping up, North America will be the last continent to get its hands on the Miata-like roadster.

How long we must wait is being determined in 11th-hour negotiations that continue between NAC and Oklahoma Global Motors (OGM), the company that wants to build a plant in Ardmore, OK.

Last summer, NAC created a stir with promises to build a plant in Ardmore and return the MG to the U.S. for the first time since 1980. Plans were to start with about 550 people building the TF coupe, slated to grace showrooms in 2008.

A new company was created—MG Motors North America Inc., based in Oklahoma—to oversee sales, marketing and distribution of the models.
But, legally, all that is in place is a letter of intent—a final deal has not been signed as the two sides haggle over details of the license agreement and production rights.

OGM is taking a buyer-beware stance, exercising prudence in ensuring the assets NAC bought from Rover Group are free from prior claims and other potentially messy issues that can arise in the wake of bankruptcy, explained Wes Stucky, president of the Ardmore Development Authority, who is anxious to see the project proceed.

Stucky said the mid-April deadline appears pretty firm—at which point the plant will be a go or dead in the water. He is hopeful the final details are being ironed out successfully.

The original plan was to start production at the new Oklahoma plant in early 2008, and have cars in showrooms that summer.
Stucky said that is an aggressive timeline, but “potentially doable.”

Should things fall apart, and a decision is made to source the TF for the U.S. from the U.K. (talk about alphabet soup), officials say it would take at least a year to homologate the car.

The good news: everyone recognizes the importance of the North American market, and where there’s a will, and money to be made, expect a way.

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Old 04-04-2007, 01:49 AM   #52
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So the real problem with federalising a car for US sale is time? And one can short-cut that by building it in the US?
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:09 AM   #53
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I really hope this works out. I'm hoping to get hired by MG when I graduate.
I'd love to buy a TF coupe too.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:00 PM   #54
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I really hope this works out. I'm hoping to get hired by MG when I graduate.
I'd love to buy a TF coupe too.
Welcome BigFatGuy,

Its always good to have someone local to post the local news and take some photos of the progress , I hope you will be visiting here regularly...

How long til you graduate?
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Old 04-06-2007, 03:36 PM   #55
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Thanks Windy.
And just to clear things up, no I'm not a fat guy. I just think the handle is funny.
2 years until I graduate. Might be too late to get in on the ground floor, but I'm sure they'll continually need new people......

Yeah, as stuff gets built and progresses I'll try and get some pics and the local perspective.

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Old 05-18-2007, 07:35 PM   #56
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Default MG Dealerships in US ?

does anyone have point of contact to get on the list for becoming a MG dealer in the US??? TIA

actual phone number would be nice..
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:11 AM   #57
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Its a little old but you could try some of the numbers listed here: http://www.okcchamber.com/page.asp?atomid=1614
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Old 05-19-2007, 12:40 PM   #58
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MG NAnjing hasnt released any PR lately of their OKLAHOMA plant
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Old 05-19-2007, 12:51 PM   #59
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Thanks
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Old 05-20-2007, 05:16 PM   #60
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I think the planned launch for MG in the USA is late 2008.
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