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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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Nanjing MG3 SW

GUANGZHOU, China — Nanjing MG has unveiled a new model, the MG3 SW, a compact crossover vehicle shown previously as the MG3 Streetwise.

The new hatchback goes into production in early 2008, joining the premium MG7 sedan and MG TF roadster. The MG portfolio will grow further in 2009 with the introduction of the MG5 sedan.

The MG3 SW will be offered in the China market with a choice of 1.4- and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines.

Nanjing MG, which is expected to be absorbed eventually into the Shanghai Auto Group, has the capacity to build about 65,000 MG3s a year.
sorce:edmunds.com -Novemeber 2007
 

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Three models of the MG3 to go on the market soon.

NAC MG seems to be getting itself in gear post SAIC take over. The MGTF launch seems to have been postponed until better weather arrives (it was scheduled for a Sept launch, but who wants to buy a soft top car for winter use?) but we’re hearing the TF is set for a spring launch, which sounds about right. The MG3 however, is set to go on the market very soon according to the Chinese motoring press.

Three different versions of the MG3 are set to launch with the prices spread from 80,000rmb to 120,000rmb which puts the MG3 up against the SX4, Polo, Nissan Livina, etc in the Chinese market place. We dont know if MG has plans to export this model to any other market other than the Chinese one, but we do know the MG3 will come as a ‘normal’ (Rover 25) model, a sports model (MGZR) and the MG3 Crossover (Rover Streetwise)

China Car Times quite likes the looks of the new MG3 Crossover, its been updated quite well and NAC MG should expect some good sales of it, given that Chinese consumers are currently lapping up crossover type vehicles.

The MGZR, is set to be the sports model, it has a 1.8 engine (perhaps a 1.4 as well?) and the option of either 5 speed manual, or a 1.8t Auto CVT gearbox (we hear this gearbox will also find a home in the MGFT)

The standard MG3 is confusing, it might have either the 1.4 or the 1.8 motor, NAC MG havent confirmed anything of yet. Perhaps they would like to via CCT?
source: China Car Times
 

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The MG3 SW is set to formally go on the market on March 12th 2008, priced at a reasonable 80,000 to 120,000rmb. When China Car Times first heard of NAC’s plan to relaunch the Streetwise, we were dubious - could they pull off re-releasing such an old car? The answer is clearly yes, as the MG3 was looking good at the Guangzhou Auto Show, and looks pretty damned good.

The Streetwise is set to come with either a 1.4 engine paired to a manual gearbox, or the larger 1.8 engine with a CVT gearbox. The Streetwise is actually pretty well placed in China to take on the latest wave of mini crossover vehicles such as the SX4, Polo Cross, and perhaps even the Nissan Qashqai (once launched). MG dealers are reportedly accepting deposits of 5000rmb for the MG3 SW!


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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?
 

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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?
id say the 2.0 will happen and the 1.8 wont according to what other car manfucaturers are doing these days
 

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Yeah - Im not a huge fan of the looks either...
Then again for 130K rmb getting you the top end version (MGZR with a 2L?) - Im not sure you can really beat that value?? Im somewhat wondering about reliability & dealership service though - it might be smarter for me to just pony up the extra 30-40K rmb and just get a Honda Civic?

Speaking about about the Civic (sorry hopefully not violating any rules since this is an MG form) - Does anyone know if the Civic Type R really did make it to China for around 180K rmb?

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hmmm...guess Im not allow to post links yet .....
A copy n' past from the source - China Car Times: ***************************************


Honda Civic Type R
Published by Ash April 1st, 2007 in Chinese Car News. 9 Comments
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Boy racers all over China must be rejoicing at this little tidbit of information, the Honda Civic Type R is coming to China. However the Civic Type R wont be made in China via the Dongfeng/Honda joint venture but rather imported directly from Japan with a price tag of 180,580rmb which actually isnt as high as you would think.

Unfortunately for Chinese street racers, the Chinese police are having a bit of a crackdown on racers that dare to drive their cars at upto 150kph! Terrifying indeed. The Honda Type R will really shake up the street racing seen when it arrives, and will certainly give those modified SouEast Galants a run for their money.
 

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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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That "Sport" model of the MG3 ought to draw a lot of interest from those attending the Beijing Auto Show. The extra front end grille treatment gives it a nice new flair.
 
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