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E46DinanM3 said:
Read this- it focuses more on Rover then on MG, but many of the same ideas apply. Its written Jeremy Clarkson and he is pretty accurate on this one.
I don't think you understand Clarksons comment's about Rover! Obviously "There's one Rover that has been stationary at the double mini-roundabout in Chipping Norton for 15 years, its driver paralysed with fear" is not a statement of fact so why quote it :confused: But then you have probably never driven round a roundabout let alone a double mini one?

When it comes to the MG version of the Rover 45 mentioned in your quote, Clarksons comments are rather more straight forward - after a weekend family holiday testing one for a Sunday Times review, he summed up with the words: "You should try one. It's bloody good".

The more common quote for the MG ZS comes from Tiff Needell (racing driver); summing up the Top Gear review he said "The best handling front wheel drive car I've ever driven"

E46DinanM3 said:
I really think that most American consumers are smart enough to look behind a British badge to see what really goes into the car.
I agree. The most important thing is the design; with a good design both the UK built and Chinese built cars will be good cars and if your looking for a well designed sporty sedan then there is nothing wrong with an MG - after all the MG ZS took 3 podium finishes at the first round of the British Touring Car Championships at the weekend which given that they have no manufacturer support this year is impressive!

"The podium turned a distinct shade of orange as Rob Collard and Colin Turkington took second and third place respectively in the final BTCC race of the day."

http://www.teamrac.com/article.asp?art_id=306
 

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E46DinanM3 said:
British cars are better, but still not competitive in reliability-
As you can see, Land Rover and Mini are next to last (thanks to Kia) and Jaguar isn't exactly stellar either.


The Honda civic has overtaken the Rover 45 on reliability :(
Well at least its still cheap to fix!

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Nanjing cancels plans to bring MG Stateside


August 26, 2008 - Although MG’s current owners – China’s Nanjing Automobile Group Corp. – planned to bring the legendary sports car marque back to the U.S. in summer 2008, that plan clearly fell by the wayside. And 2009 doesn’t look good, either. In fact, Nanjing has suspended MG’s return to the U.S. indefinitely.

“The U.S.A. isn’t on the short-term radar as an anticipated market for us, but with the right product, it would be good to return there,” Gary Hagen, marketing director of NAC MG, told Austin Rover Online.

Nanjing originally planned to produce MG vehicles in Oklahoma, and was also slated to setup a research and development facility at the University of Oklahoma.

Hagen failed to reveal why MG’s U.S. plans had been cancelled, saying only “the deal fell through.” However, since Nanjing took over MG, it too has been acquired by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp, according to Automotive News.

The last MG was sold in the U.S. in 1980, but the brand still enjoys a fairly loyal following. Early MG sports cars were extremely influential on the world’s automakers, so much so that an MG is the first car on display in the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
http://www.leftlanenews.com/nanjing-cancels-plans-to-bring-mg-stateside.html
 
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