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For the damaged MG brand to succeed, you are going to need new products that have absolutely no trace of the doomed MGR operation.

The Nanjing MG TF is going to really struggle to get sales in the UK next to superior and more modern products from other manufacturers. Will the Nanjing MG TF be the only new convertible on sale in the UK that does NOT have the option of an electric hood? (MX5 now has the option of an electric hard top) Who wants to be seen heaving up a canvass hood in a car park? Sorry, but all convertibles have to be super-cool and a manual hood does not cut it in 2007.

The MG 7 (based on the old R75) will look positively archaic if launched in a similar spec to the doomed ZT. Up against the likes of the new Mondeo, this Rover 75 based car cannot hope to compete in the same league. Even SAIC are thinking twice about bringing their copy to Europe.

Even if Nanjing get the prices right, there is (sadly) such a distrustful atmosphere regarding Longbridge products that any initial success has to be viewed with considerable caution.

So the answer to the question is: for European success you need new designs and new thinking. Forget the TF and MG 7 (and related concepts) they are old and unwanted - follow Jaguars lead (with their XF) break the circle and design a new family of MGs.

But have Nanjing got the resources and ability to do that? :confused:
 

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Windy said:
:nono:

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2007 model MX5? :nod:

2007 model Chinese MG TF? :nono:


Seamaster said:
the roof was so well engineered from day one
Is that why the earlier cars leaked like a sieve and it took years to give the TF a proper back window?

Seamaster said:
it was the work of moments to lower and raise it, which can be done one-handed from the drivers seat.
Pushing a button is far easier.
 

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MartinW said:
Anyway, Rover had an electric rag-top roof on their 200 cabriolet back in 1994,
That somewhat contradicts the expert statement below that flies in the face of the current trend. I mean, every manufacturer is bringing out electric roof mechanisms (hard or soft top) on their convertibles - but not MG. :rolleyes:

Seamaster said:
Takes longer, weighs more, reduces boot space.
Premier convertibles from BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Saab etc. are now fully automatic with no levers to engage or disengage on the windscreen frame. They are slick in operation and look ultra cool when lowered or closed. They are also excellent technology.

Nobody, in 2007, wants to raise their own roof and then struggle to attach it to the windscreen.
 
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