For the Geneva motor show in 1998, Rover unveiled this interesting proposal based on the MGF. The Super Sports lost its windscreen and gained a whole lot more besides. Starting with its 197bhp Janspeed supercharged K-series engine.
Safety first: A close look at the Safety Research Vehicles (SRVs) produced by British Leyland in the 1970s reveals some very prescient ideas. There were, of course, a few blind alleys, too. Following Ralph Nader’s 1965 report Unsafe At Any Speed, which highlighted the poor handling and/or crash-resistance of numerous cars sold in the US, the […]
The MG EX234 project was developed in 1964 as a proposed replacement for the MGB. Under the skin lurked some very interesting engineering solutions… The EX234 project was instigated in early 1964 when the Abingdon engineering team’s thoughts turned to the issue of revising the MGB in order to give it a degree of chassis […]
The marketing push for the MG GS begins in earnest now, with a new TV advert being aired across the UK. The MG Motor UK team is selling this as a trio of adverts, but, hey, we’d like to see more to come – like the Gold Blend couple or the Bisto family, perhaps. The company says the advert will be […]
Keith Adams Well, that’s it – as Mike Humble confirmed in his recent First Drive story on the MG GS, MG Motor UK has pulled the plug on the 6, with the final unsold cars in the dealer network not being replaced when they’re gone. Given this was the first all-new car to wear the MG […]
The 6 is dead – long live the GS. MG has announced the slow-selling 6 is to be dropped from the UK model range, but it’s not all bad news. At the launch event in Oxfordshire we got to sample the much-awaited new crossover from MG Motor UK, the MG GS. Here’s what we discovered… Mike Humble Well, it’s finally […]
The recent SMMT Test Day at the Millbrook Proving Ground had one or two surprises in store for those attending. One of them came via MG Motor UK – in addition to the MG3 and MG6, the company was also displaying the soon-to-be-launched MG GS as a static exhibit. Mike Humble Rather like the new series of […]
Clive Goldthorp MG Motor UK has not, as yet, issued any official photographs of the UK-specification MG GS – this is a Chinese market model MG Motor UK has recently announced that the marque’s first-ever SUV, the MG GS, will be launched here in June. The new model, which is reportedly the first of three […]
Let’s get this out of the way first, so you know exactly where I stand – I like the MG3. There, I said it. It’s a statement that needs to be made after the recent pasting I gave the revised MG6 because of the large question marks over its viability, quality and long term residuals. I concluded that it’s a difficult purchase to really recommend… So the more positive message about the MG3 should bode well for its chances.
Steve Harper has a fundamental role in the genesis of the MGF, which under his direction was transformed from a neat little roadster, lacking a splash of creativity, to a shapely new-age sports car that shouted its mid-engined layout from the rooftops. In his own words, Steve walks us through the design changes he made.
We take a spin in an early 1.8-litre car and come away with the distinct impression that despite the well-documented Heritage issues, here’s a car that can step up to the plate and delight the driver.
The main problem with Hydragas is that, over time, the sealed units would lose gas and become less effective. Alexander Boucke describes the steps involved in getting your Hydragas suspended car back into rude health Update: More than 11 years after the initial work, the first units that were fitted to a Maxi in autumn […]
The latest MG advert, launching the new MG6, will be popping up on TV screens across the country throughout May as part of MG Motor UK’s latest marketing campaign. The new commercial features the latest version of the MG6 and incorporates the popular MG3. The advert will appear on channels from tomorrow and will run until the end of May. […]
Vehicle production at Longbridge may no longer exist as we knew it, but there is still a car assembly presence at the former MG Rover site, with CKD MG models still emerging from the site, along with engineering, design and marketing input for the Chinese-owned MG Motor UK at the former MG Rover offices. There […]
The MG Car Club’s MGB Register has found and rescued a works-backed MGB that contested the 1968 London to Syndey Marathon. UMD 534F was not a works entry, though the car received significant support from the BMC Competitions Department and was driven by Jean Denton. Jean was well-known for her rallying exploits, spending three years […]
MG Motor UK has issued a teaser image (above) of the revised MG6, which will go on sale next month. The company claims that the new model offers major improvements in every area over the original version, which was launched in 2011. The updated MG6’s 1.9-litre DTi-TECH diesel engine has been developed to give lower CO2 output and improved […]
Craig Cheetham Official pictures have already been revealed, and last week Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch was spotted filming a TV ad for it, but it appears that the new MG GS SUV is still undergoing disguised development testing in the UK. Spotted by eagle-eyed AROnline reader and renowned classic motoring journalist Richard Gunn, this black-and-white […]
Clive Goldthorp A number of first official images of MG’s new C-segment SUV were released by SAIC Motor in China last month (shown above and below). The production version of the CS SUV Concept, which was originally unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2013, is scheduled to be launched at Auto Shanghai in April, 2015 and will reach Chinese […]
Keith Adams The second model in the MG5 range appears to have broken cover before its official launch in China later this year. The new car, whose pictures have been published by Car News China, will initially be powered by the 1.5-litre NSE engine in naturally aspirated and turbocharged form, but has not yet been confirmed […]
The replacement for the Austin-Healey 3000 never took off, thanks in part to a poor press launch, says Keith Adams. First published in The Independent, 4 July 2006. Classic boo-boo BRITAIN in the 1960s was a brilliant place for a single guy with money in his pocket and a hankering for something sporty to park […]