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I think it might turn into an Austin not an MG.


Yes, I like Jalopnik as well :), but they have made a mistake - that car has got very little to do with Honda, even the 1995 version was designed by Rover - the connection with Honda was the previous one to that which was a joint design.

You may be right about the badge mg-zs but after photoshoping it, Nanjing printed it out and stuck it on the car - the photograph is real!
 

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mdocherty said:
according to austin-rover's latest news...Nanjing will only build the MG3, if they get investment or the merger with SAIC goes ahead.
That might be true for building it at Longbridge, but this is expected to be their best selling model in China as not all Chinese people can afford a car like the MG-7! It should be in production before the end of the year.

Also that "merger" isn't a merger and little will happen on it until well into next year. It is a partnership, similar to the Rover-Honda partnership of a few years ago.
 

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I know that you have to write something negative every time MG or Rover is mentioned, but isn't that going a little bit too far Mega :confused:

(I see Keith Adams is away for a few weeks, so I guess it's the perfect time to post that on his site :D)
 

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Warren2 said:
can somebody tell met what kind of engine there will come in the re-manufactured MG Rover streetwiss *the MR3 from NAC-MG.

I thought they also shiped the K-serie engines from the callopsed powertrain devision to China (Nanjing) and can build the K-serie engines who are in the original MG Rovers 25 (the streetwise) but is this correct??
The engine will be a Euro 5 version of the MG Rover K-Series which they are calling the N-Series so basically the same as the Streetwise engine, in fact there may be an MG-3 Streetwise version. They will also be using the MG-Rover PG1 manual transmission as used on the 1.8L Rover Streetwise/MG ZR, I've seen nothing about any automatic transmission...

Shut up Mega, nobody is going to believe you even if you have a valid point if you keep making posts like that!
 

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Yes erik, the same CVT was used in the Rover 25 as in the TF so it could be used in the MG-3. I forgot about that because they never mention it in the list of things they bought so I guess they don't own the design but do have the rights to make it. It has a maximum power of 120ps I think.
 

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The ZR is comming back as the MG-3 at the end of the year with "furgal" 1.1, 1.4 and 1.6 engines according to the rumors. There is also talk of a 1.8 sports version and of course the 2L 4WD Rally car (non-turbo MG N-Series engine with over 250bhp).



http://www.rallye-info.com

MSD is really accelerating with that MG S2000 project. The project only came to us a few weeks ago as a rumour. Now we learn that Alex Bengué is in contact with the MG Rover consortium. Asking what means "in contact" it turns out he is happy with how talks are going, they are into details already and it looks 95% definite Alex will debut the car in Rallye du Valais! This may be the only IRC start this year.
MG Rover is now Chinese owned and the owners wanted a debut on the China Rally with a local driver. While it is sad that MG Rover is no more its own British entity, it appears to its consortium owners have a lot more sense than the horror we sadly hear of most of the Chinese car makers. Chinese car makers have quickly gained a name that they just steal European designs and make cars that are utterly unsafe. In a rare move in Europe, several car brands are joining forces to sue the Chinese car makers in question altogether. Whatever the name of the consortium, the MG Rover owners now have changed mind. They don't want a Chinese driver now, because they want to develop their car with a front line driver. They don't necessarily want the car on the China Rally, since they came to believe the car should first be competitive on asphalt and it is easier to turn a good hard- surface car working on gravel than the other way round. Plus asphalt is better marketing for road car customers, although that does not necessarily apply to the Chinese market. And that is also why the Chinese (they must have looked at the scene carefully) wanted Alex Bengué for now. There are even considerations of Alex and MG starting the WRC Rally Ireland rather than IRC China, tho at the moment this is just a wild idea. At least there should be a team presentation on the last two WRC events, which may mean they are also interested in a PWRC program 2008. That is only rumour at the moment, but fact is MG Rover want to do a full 2008 IRC program with a 2-car team. The candidates may be asphalt ace Alex Bengué and likely one of those rare British drivers with talent who has not fallen off the sky yet, with maybe a 3rd car for a Chinese driver possibly only on the events outside Europe (lesser supported events = also more likely for the Chinese driver to find attention)... Well, so far all sounds extremely sensible to me!
 

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True, they would need the full type approval done so the UK is unlikely to get the current version, we will the first updated version.
 

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MG S2000 (MG3) Rally car debut

For more details on the MG S2000 see www.mad-world.com

MG S2000 - "an incredible eighth fastest overall, beating a number of World Rally Cars!"

Source: crash.net



Stuart Jones showed good pace with the new MG on the Rally GB until his off on day 2, which left his co-driver, Andy Bull with a broken collarbone.

Stuart Jones impressed on his debut in the new MSD-built MG Super 2000 Sport last weekend despite crashing out of the Wales Rally GB in the penultimate stage on day 2.

The 22-year-old, who was the only Welsh driver contesting the
Production World Rally Championship this year, only had limited testing in the brand new car prior to the event, however he was not concerned and his strategy showed real maturity.

A cautious approach to the opening day of competition, run in the hills above Swansea, saw Jones - co-driven by Andy Bull, face some of the most atrocious weather conditions experienced in many years. A puncture in the third stage cost the pair valuable time but they returned to service in twelfth position.

Feeling comfortable with the car and the conditions the former Peugeot Sport Cup champion opted to increase his pace in the afternoon, taking his first top ten time of the rally on the second run through Resolfen.

The final stage of the day, Rheola 2, was run completely in the dark and with most of the crews experiencing heavy fog this was truly a test of driver, co-driver and machine against the elements. Jones though excelled, posting not only the second fastest Production class time but also going an incredible eighth fastest overall, beating a number of World Rally Cars.

Day two saw the crews tackle another six stages and with his confidence building by the stage Jones was beginning to set some impressive top ten times. Despite losing his power steering halfway through the last test of the morning he was now inside the points.

A top three time through Crychan in the afternoon showed how fast he was adjusting to the new breed of car and was not only outpacing the other Super 2000 spec cars on the event but was also impressively climbing up the leaderboard to sixth overall in the PWRC class.

However, once again his luck didn't last and after losing his power steering in the last stage of the day, he drifted a little bit wide on a fast bend and was unable to turn back on to the road. Jones then slide off and hit a mound of earth with quite some force, an impact that ended his event and left Bull with a broken collar-bone.

“I feel sorry for Stu because we'd actually backed off through that stage,” Bull explained. “The impact was quite big and once the world had stopped moving I could feel this incredible pain in my shoulder. It's a clean break so should heal no problem.

“The car was great though and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'm really impressed with how fast Stuart adapted to the flat shift and adjusted his driving style to suit the high revving car.”

Jones was also keen to look on the bright side: “I'm disappointed that our rally ended this way but I can't help but draw so many positives from the weekend,” he continued. “The MG Super 2000 Sport is the best handling car I have ever driven. Hopefully we have shown that it has potential and I'm certain that the MG can be comfortably competitive with Group N cars.”

MSD team principal David Whitehead meanwhile was philosophical about how things turned out: “Stuart did a great job and his feedback was really helpful. His two top three times certainly gave us something to cheer about. The power steering problem will be easy to cure. It's inevitable for a brand new car to have teething problems but we've shown it can run at the front,” he concluded.



Jones is now examining his options for next season and an announcement is expected soon.
 

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Bob said:
Hey All,

Any further word on the MGZR? - It looks like the 1.8 will be for sure, but probably not the 2L? ;-) Do you know if they will hit the dealerships soon?
MG does not have a 2L engine - the 1.8 is faster than most 2.0 anyway!

The first versions will be 1.4 Manual and 1.8 Auto and will be in the dealers probably next month, the ZR version (probably 1.8 Manual) is expected around September.
 
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