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2014-05-08 13:17

ON ITS WAY TO SA:Image: MG

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MG South Africa executives have attended some important discussions concerning the future of the automaker in South Africa and revealed the reason for the repeated delay of its MG3 hatchback.

REPEATED DELAYS

The automaker reports its MG6 sedan, already on sale in SA, will soon be available from to rent from major car rental companies.

MGSA general manager, Derrick Bishop, said: "The major reason for the repeated delays of the launch of the MG3 hatch in South Africa was because of an agreement between the Chinese giant (SAIC, owners of MG), sending all models off the production line to the UK first, and then on to other markets.

"We are ready for the MG3. We have 15 MG dealerships in all the major centres all over South Africa, with a further 10 planned to open this year."

The new MG3 hatch series for the South African market will have three models - the Style, the mid-range Wired and the entry level MG3. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

New MG dealerships have opened in Polokwane and Mokopane. They join the ranks of existing MG dealers in Gauteng (East and West Rand), the Free State (Bloemfontein), Western Cape (Cape Town), KwaZulu-Natal (Umhlanga and Durban), Eastern Cape (East London and Port Elizabeth), Northern Cape (Kimberley), North West (Klerksdorp) and Mpumalanga (Nelspruit).

All models are powered by a 78kW/137Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is expected to be around 10 seconds, reaching a top speed in excess of 175 km/h.
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