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Old 09-22-2006, 06:45 AM   #1
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Default Could MG crash even more spectacularly?

Simple question: could MG (in the UK) suffer an even more spectacular crash landing under Nanjing ownership than they did when they were part of the MGR group?

As Steve Cropley said in this weeks Autocar: warning signs about the whole operation are beginning to appear.
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Old 09-22-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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If they're not superior to the original MGs then yes they will crash
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Old 09-23-2006, 08:26 PM   #3
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If they're not superior to the original MGs then yes they will crash

well the rumor I heard this week was that they (Nanjing) are planning to bring MG products to the US in 5 years.

If they don't surpass the MGs we had here by a long-shot they will crash, and burn.
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Old 09-24-2006, 04:45 AM   #4
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It is not a rumour - business plan is in place to build CKD kits in Ardmore, OK, with production scheduled to start in 2008. Prior to that, in 2007, production will restart at Longbridge in the UK.

Not being a regular reader of AutoCar, and for those members unable to read this column, perhaps Puppetland might like to state exactly what Steve Cropley said.

For many MG crashed many years ago, so whether it will fail again, and whether it will be any more spectacularly so this time, I doubt it. Since numerous members of the British public view its success with the same degree of optimism as does Puppetland, ie, none at all, then how can a wished for situation be spectacular? And whilst the UK doom-mongers would love nothing more than to see it fail yet again, it will of course only be a small scale failure by comparison to the huge success MG will be in China and other markets. And in 10-15 yrs time when China dominates the global auto-production as it must surely do, then perhaps we'll see MG buying BMW!

One thing that we should not forget - with a tightening economic climate in the Western world, buyers will always default to the cheapest - and China will answer the demand for cheaper goods as it has always done, and swallow up the Western brands.
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Here we go again – Steve Cropley, Autocar 20 September 06.

Oh dear, I'm having MG Rover pains again. For years during the post-BMW era, we reporters of the car business got used to chronicling the increasingly unlikely claims of the company's managers while secretly doubting that the hoped-for success would ever happen. When Phoenix folded, part of what we felt was relief from those stomach-churning feelings we'd get, a sort of nagging, guilty powerlessness.

Now we hear that Duke T Hale, boss of the new US-based MG Motors, which reportedly wants to establish a 100,0 00-a-year manufacturing business in the US by 2010, believes he can assemble a 350-strong dealer body (90-odd of them in the UK and each with a dedicated showroom) by June 2008 when the first model launches.

I'm not suggesting for a minute that Hale, a car marketing hand with a great track record, will not reach his goals. It'll be a wonderful achievement if he does. But I'm back to having those pains again.



I agree that, in China, the MG brand (as well as the SAIC 75) will be extremely well received.
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Old 10-15-2006, 04:36 AM   #6
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But not sure in the rest of the world.
Allot of people are waiting if they will make a new model of the
Mg Zs.
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But not sure in the rest of the world.
Allot of people are waiting if they will make a new model of the
Mg Zs.
Sorry mg-zs.
There won't be a new ZS.When MG-ROVER went to the wall Honda moved out their tooling and blueprints from Longbridge,which Nanjing would need to produce it.
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Thats true.
But they are working on a replacement Zs.
Won't be the same as the 'old' Zs.
Will get a new name too.
Thats where we are waithing for.
How good can they design a car,thats the question.
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I suspect SAIC/Ricardo plundered what little progress was made on the new RDX-60 mid-size car. Seems somehow inevitable, following BMW's plundering of its predecessor and Honda's grab-back of its original JV stuff. That was one unlucky project from day one.
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I suspect SAIC/Ricardo plundered what little progress was made on the new RDX-60 mid-size car.
Judging by recent photos, the whole project was not worth plundering. No wonder the contraption was left abandoned inside the depths of Longbridge.

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