China Watch : MG and Roewe YTD sales up 78%

Automotive News China, 9th December, 2010

Shanghai sales are up 78 per cent

SAIC Motor's MG and Roewe sales are up 78 per cent in China

Sales of SAIC Motor Corp.’s Roewe and MG brands surged 77 per cent in November to 14,900 units, as the company’s investment in its own models continued to pay off.

For the first 11 months, demand for SAIC Motor’s own-brand models jumped 78 percent to 146,600 units, according to the company. However, the company did not disclose each brand’s individual sales. On the strength of its joint ventures with General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG, SAIC Motor has become China’s largest domestic automaker.

In 2007, SAIC Motor began to develop its own brands after acquiring MG Rover, the bankrupt English automaker. That same year, SAIC Motor used MG Rover technology to develop its first self-developed car, the Roewe 750. SAIC Motor followed that model with the Roewe 550 and MG6 models, which are built on the same platform.

[Source: Automotive News China]

Clive Goldthorp

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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  1. Chris Chapman says:

    Good news, but I can’t help comparing these volumes with the 200,000 capacity level which made Longbridge viable – inevitably it would have happened for political reasons but was it worth all the move and new factory investments?

    It’s also interesting to note that VW expects to take on 50,000 workers globally in 2011, including 6,000 in the not exactly low labour cost country that is Germany. It would be nice if VW could expand its activities in the UK beyond Bentley.

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