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2011-08-25 13:23
MG is coming back to South Africa (yet again) and will use the Johannesburg International Motor Show as the launch pad.

The company has already previewed the models to dealers under the Combined Motor Holdings umbrella. The first of the new era of MG, the MG6, will be in SA in the third quarter of 2011. The preview of the MG6 was at CMH’s Investment Cars premises in Johannesburg, on August 11, 2011. 


Initially MG will kick off with four-door fastback and sedan variants of the MG6 with a 1.8-litre turbo engine. There are three trim and equipment levels - standard, comfort and deluxe but no information has been released about details and prices - all will be revealed at JIMS..

In the next few years the MG range will be extended.


MG was a popular brand in post-Second World War South Africa as a two-seater sports car and four-seater sedan but the factory at Abington in the UK was closed in 1980 when the British motor industry imploded. MG was resurrected under BMW ownership but was sold to a British consortium and MG South Africa was established in 2001, with the arrival of the MGF sports car.

MG went off the market in 2005 when the company collapsed again.

MG now belongs to the state-owned Chinese Nanjing Auto, which is part of the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). The Chinese company obtained the brand in 2005 and is building cars in Longbridge, England and Nanjing, China.


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