Review Category : MG

MG CS Gives Up Its Interior – Looking Very Sharp

The MG CS has been featured on the hallowed pages of China Car Times many a time, but this is the first time we’ve had a solid look at the dashboard in both high and low specification.

From what we can see so far, MG’s dedication to interior quality seems to be paying off quite well. The first SAIC model, the Roewe 550 morphed into the MG6 and took…

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MG Engine Plan Exposed

SAIC’s stewardship of the MG brand and their own Roewe brand seems to have been shaky at best, the Roewe brand has suffered from a lack of fresh metal over the past few years whilst MG hasn’t been the MG that most would expect of a 100 year old British sports car brand. That is going to change with the introduction of more turbo assisted engines as…

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MG5 Sedan Spotted From All Angles

MG5′s sedan is starting to grow on us, the hatchback may have been a little bit of a poor car in the handling and power department but hopefully the sedan with its weighty rear might be able to pull it into shape. The MG5 sedan is likely due for the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and will likely carry the same 1.5T and six speed gearbox as the original SAIC-GM…

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MG5 Fastback Spied Road Testing

Remember the MG5? It was the little hatcback that couldn’t quite live up to its name as an MG and subsequently became a flop even in the Chinese market where any car seems to sell in decent figures. SAIC’s next step to prevent the MG5 nameplate completely sinking into the floor is the addition of an MG5 fastback sedan. The fastback is likely to be fast…

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MG CS SUV Sighted Yet Again

Whilst MG UK are putting the FUN! into small MG’s once again, the Chinese market is prepping the new MG SUV. This new compact SUV is expected to be a global product for MG, unlike the MG5 which has so far been restricted to China and other key developing markets. The MG CS will be powered by MG’s latest 2.0T engine which will have 204bhp on tap as well…

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Watch! MG3 Advert!

The MG3 is now on sale in the UK. The updated 1.5L MG3 is quite the FUN little car as I found out when I test drove it last year. The 3 is certainly the car that will put MG on the map where as the petrol and diesel variants of the MG6 failed to ignite market interest.

For just 9,999GBP, the MG3 is probably the most interesting small car on the UK…

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MG5 1.5T. Mediocre Costs Just 119,700RMB

MG finally launched the MG5 1.5 Turbo earlier today at the 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show. How much does the 129bhp, 210Nm turbo Five cost? Well it can be yours for just 119,700RMB for the base manual version and if you’re a big spender, that rises to 140,700 for the six speed automatic version which comes with SAIC’s Inkanet system.

In addition, to be…

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You Know, the MG5 Turbo Doesn’t Actually Look Too Bad

I test drove the MG5 late last year with wide eyes and great expectations of what an MG should drive like, I left disappointed. Imagine being told you were going for a steak dinner with one of the calendar girls from Playboy magazine and instead you get a hotdog from a street cart and your Aunt Julie for company. The MG5 1.5L was a little rough in the…

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MG SUV Spotted Road Testing Again, Packing 2.0T

The MG CS concept SUV has already been outed at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year and the road testing version has already been spotted once or twice where it was seen to be a Ssangyong Korando with an MG badge. Real MG fans are hoping that any mention of Ssangyong DNA is just a terrible rumor as were rumors of the MG3 being Fiat based.

Chinese…

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MG5 Turbo Undergoing Mild Transformation

The MG5 was expected to be on the market in early 2013, but here we are towards the end of 2013 without the turbo and MG5 sales sagging. The MG5 is a disappointing drive, the heavy car is saddled with a weak engine and body roll that would be normally associated with an Escalade rather than a hatchback vehicle, the Turbo version is expected to change…

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MG6 Gains Overhaul in Chengdu

The MG6 has been on the market for a few years now and sales are starting to slide a little as the competition catches up and exceeds the 6′s offerings. MG are not sitting back, at the Chengdu Auto Show MG have given the 6 a considerable update with some modern features such as an electronic handbrake giving the center console some much needed space…

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MG Announces MG3 Prices in the UK – #Fun Comes As Standard

Watching MG developing in the UK has been an exercise in banging your head on the wall, repeatedly. First they launch (under Nanjing MG) launch a droptop roadster in the middle of winter at the same price as the previous MG-Rover price, then they launch a very elegant MG6 fastback with a thirsty turbo petrol engine in a market where diesel and frugality…

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Just for FUN! MG3 Launched in the UK

At 10am the UK Press from motoring magazines, newspapers and TV gathered in small hospitality room within Longbridge’s engineering department. In addition to the UK visitors, dozens of SAIC engineers and suppliers had flown in from China for the occasion. We were all waiting to see the simultaneous unveiling of the newly enhanced design centre and…

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MG5 Gaining FaceLift For 2013/14

The MG5 arrived in concept form in early 2011 and give us a taste of what a compact MG might look like, sadly the MG5 didn’t live quite up to MG’s sporting expectations thanks to a soft ride and a weak engine. The forthcoming MG5 with a 1.5T and a dual clutch will likely live up to all that is required from any car that carries the MG label. The turbo…

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Jeremy Clarkson Gets Diesel MG6, Stalls it.

The MG6 has only just been launched in the UK – (yes the one that they launched in Guangzhou but followed it up with marketing materials showing the MG6 surrounded in black exhaust fumes) and it is the car that MG UK are hoping will gain some major sales after the poor showing of the gasoline 1.8T in a diesel dominant UK market, the MG3 will also be…

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MG Airs MG3 UK Specification

The MG6 is a fantastic car to drive as all reports seem to indicate, the MG3 was also fantastic which made us wonder why the MG5 was so horrifically poor in comparison to its larger and smaller stable brothers. MG have now issued the China Car Times favorite, the MG3, in UK specification with the super mini expected to be on the market in the UK region…

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MG CS SUV Appears Prior to Shanghai Auto Show

The MG6 came and it impressed, it didn’t sell overly well when compared to rivals such as the Ford Focus, but it impressed. Then the MG3 came and brought volume to the MG brand. Then the MG5 came and everyone wondered what went so wrong, the Five had the front end of the modern MG range but it lacked the MG feel, likely due to its anemic engine choice…

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MG5 Turbo Road Testing Yet Again, Due For Shanghai Auto Show Launch

The MG5 is already out on the market but not making a huge impact in the sales charts, the Chinese media road tests were not entirely favorable to the autobox and weak engine offerings but the forthcoming turbo and dual clutch model might change media perceptions.

The turbo version is likely to launch at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month, what…

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MG6 Diesel Test Reports Emerge from the UK

The UK automotive media have mostly loved the MG6 but consumers didn’t due to the lack of a diesel. That’s changed, MG now have a oil burning engine available for the MG6 with a 1.8 unit that pushes out 148bhp, for UK’ers that translates into just over 53mpg and 139g of Co2. The gasoline MG6 was a tough sell in the UK with just ‘dozens’ being sold every…

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MG5 1.5T Spotted Again

The MG5 has already been released with a 1.5L engine but the Chinese media rightfully slated it for being a little too slow off the mark when compared to its more powerful rivals. The power issues might be solved with the introduction of the 1.5T engine, this little unit has 135BHP on tap and 200Nm of torque, more than enough to spin the wheels at the…

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MG and Roewe’s Abandoned in the Desert

Ever wondered what a car dealership would look like after armageddon? This MG-Roewe dealership in Dubai seems to give us a sneak peak of a post apocalyptic automotive environment would look like, according to rumor a lovers tiff between the old MG importer (presumably under MG-Rover) and the new MG-Roewe importer (under SAIC) has left MG in a perilous…

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MG Icon SUV Official Renders Leaked

I got a text message at 5pm from a friend at auto.sohu.com, “Ive got a cool thing to share” he said “get on QQ ASAP“. Nursing a suspected cracked rib and sitting on the train, I was clearly in no rush to open my laptop and get online to look over a concept car from any company, but it seems the error was totally mine. The cool thing…

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MG to show concept SUV in Beijing, and possibly 1.5T

MG’s rise is slow but sure, the company started with the large 6 but followed up with the 3, both models have acquired volume sales in China although the MG6 is lagging behind in the UK. The MG3 is expected to have its unveiling in the UK next month on May 17. The MG5 was launched just last week with fairly competitive prices, somewhere above its Chinese…

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MG Lands in New Zealand

The old colonial countries were once great business for British Leyland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand were willing recipients of BL products back in the company’s hay day, however the rise of Japanese and then Korean manufacturers put BL to an early grave. MG-Rover continued selling its produce to the lands down under until the company’s…

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MG6 Turbo Diesel Spotted in China, sporting six speed gearbox

If you listen to European MG fans all they want is a diesel, and perhaps an automatic gearbox, the current MG6 made in MG UK from kits sent from China offers neither, and thus there hasn’t exactly been Apple-like queuing to buy the MG6. Europeans love their diesels, UK’ers love their diesels even more, so for MG to launch without one is a little unforgivable…

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MG5 naked from all corners

The MG5 is probably one of the more anticipated compact cars in 2012, the small car has already been seen a number of times on the great pages of China Car Times but this is the first time we’ve seen it in a color that actually suits the cars styling. The MG5 was reportedly designed in the UK at SAIC’s Technical Center but the cars styling does look…

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China gets UK edition of the MG6

A few months ago I spotted a UK version of the MG6 testing in Shanghai’s Jia Ding district, which is not too far from SAIC’s headquarters. Of course only I am sad enough to spot the slightest difference between the UK and Chinese version, the UK model gets a faux plastic air vent on the front wing and of course different alloys, on the inside the plastics…

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This is not the MG5 with very little camo

The MG5 and Roewe 350 may share a platform, but they are miles apart in the looks department. The 350 is a very middle of the road grandpa inspired design, the MG5 looks like a new hot hatch that is ready to roll with the best of them. The MG5 concept had its first airing at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year where it impressed the crowds and…

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MG5 spy pictures show China’s first possible hot hatch

China got into the hot hatch phase late last year when the Golf GTI hit the market, it was followed up by the Skoda Octavia VRS (actually just called RS in China due to V being unpronounceable by most)  and other car makers are readying their own little cannonballs as the Chinese media likes to call hot hatches. The MG5 was shown in concept form…

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MG3 Xross Sighted Out Again

The MG3 has only just hit the market but SAIC are readying to follow it up with the oddly spelled Xross, which is apparently the new age way of writing Crossover. The original Rover Streetwise gave birth to the crossover rage, but the Xross reminds us why it was all such a bad idea.

Power for the Xross will be the same as the regular…

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MG3 XCross spied without camo

We received these pictures late last week, but we had to sit on our hands again whilst we waited for our friends at Sohu to publish them first, our first reaction on hearing the new name for the MG3 Cross, which is now named XROSS went basically like this; “What?

The MG3 has just hit the markets and seems to be the deal…

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This is the MG5 Concept

The Shanghai Auto Show is well under way – underway of course if you’re an exhibitor and you can get in early, of which I am this week. So early entry into the Shanghai Auto Show before the massive crowds begin to enter is always a bonus, first impressions seem to indicate that the Shanghai Auto Show is huge this year, it seems to put last years Beijing…

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MG5 spotted out testing again

The MG5 concept will get its official airing at the Shanghai Auto Show next week but SAIC have been terrible at hiding their new cars from the prying eyes of cellphone cameras, plus the fact that the empty octagonal logo impress in the cars front grill gives the fact away that an MG is out testing. The below pictures gave us the clearest indications…

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