MG Motor UK : Facebook® and Twitter pages go live today

MG enthusiasts can now join two of the world’s biggest social network websites and stay up to date with all MG Motor UK Limited’s promotional activity in the build-up the launch of the new MG6 – the first all-new MG since the MG was announced fifteen years ago.

The Birmingham-based company has today opened pages on Facebook® and Twitter in a move aimed at expanding the appeal of the MG marque. MG Motor UK’s Marketing Manager, Peter Brooking, said: “Social networking is not just a great way for fans to keep in contact with what’s happening but it’s interactive so people can post us their thoughts and opinions. With Facebook and Twitter we can reach a bigger audience than even our company website can reach.”

However, unlike many other corporate sites on Facebook® and Twitter, people who sign up will always receive a personal response from a named individual at MG Motor UK, rather than an impersonal company response. AROnline readers wishing to find out more can visit www.facebook.com/mgmotor and join in by clicking on the “Like” button or can follow the company on www.twitter.com/mgmotor.

[Source: MG Motor UK]

[Editor’s Note: Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.]

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.

16 Comments on "MG Motor UK : Facebook® and Twitter pages go live today"

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  1. Andrew says:

    Wrong Facebook address – you forgot the m in com.

    The correct address should be:

    http://www.facebook.com/mgmotor

    Regards

  2. @Andrew
    Many thanks for drawing that to my attention – I have now done the requisite edit to the address in the article.

  3. Wilko says:

    Cor, a Facebook page? They’re ahead of the game…

  4. Craig says:

    Is a presence on Facebook and Twitter going to make the MG6 any less dull than it already is? Who exactly is going to want to keep up to date with the build-up to the launch of a car that looks like an updated Nissan Primera?

    Making a car that stirs the emotions, honours the MG marque and inspires people to buy it should have been the priority, not this pathetic communications window-dressing.

  5. Alex Mathias says:

    Craig :
    Is a presence on Facebook and Twitter going to make the MG6 any less dull than it already is? Who exactly is going to want to keep up to date with the build-up to the launch of a car that looks like an updated Nissan Primera?

    Making a car that stirs the emotions, honours the MG marque and inspires people to buy it should have been the priority, not this pathetic communications window-dressing.

    This sort of comment is pointless and, to say the least, totally tiresome – we’ve yet to see the UK-spec cars! Please keep your tedious negativity to yourself.

  6. Wilko says:

    @Alex Mathias
    We may not have seen the UK-spec cars yet but they’re unlikely to differ significantly from the versions of the MG6 we have seen up to now and, in Craig’s defence, those do look rather unoriginal and a bit like a Nissan. I think it’s a reasonable opinion, not a pointless comment.

  7. Craig says:

    I am disappointed that Alex Mathias has instructed me, in effect, to shut up. These forums are all about diversity of opinion; opening up discussion, not closing it down.

    It looks like you’re in the wrong country, Mr Mathias! You’d fit in much better in China where bland-looking cars abound and there is no freedom of speech.

  8. Dennis says:

    I agree that the comments about the MG6’s styling are far more tiresome than the car could ever be. Personally, I think the MG6 looks good – well, as good as any medium-sized saloon gets and that comment applies equally to the German premium brands as well.

    I am, though, a little confused about the Nissan comments – I mean the out-going Micra didn’t look like anything else on the road and the Juke thing doesn’t look like anything else I can think of…

  9. Wilko says:

    @Dennis
    Good point, well made. We do Nissan a disservice.

  10. Gary H says:

    Well said, Craig and Wilko!! I’ve been more or less told to shut up about this very average looking car (the MG6) weeks, even months, ago on these pages and, guess what? We’re still waiting for it to be launched!! What’s more, we can also look forward to the fact that they are still using the Jurassic period heap that is the K-Series engine under the bonnet -one of the factors which was instrumental in the destruction of MG Rover. Two words: a farce!!

  11. Dennis says:

    Technically it’s not a K-Series, it’s an N-Series. Admittedly they are basically the same line of engines but all the faults fixed that gave the K-Series such a bad reputation have been fixed on the N-Series.

    However, the K-Series was a long way ahead of its time at launch and there was plenty of life in the design. It’s much like other makers BMW, Ford, Peugeot etc, a lot of their engines are actually quite old designs with various updates added. Take the highly aclaimed Peugeot-Citroen HDi units, they’re basically the old XUD units with common rail injection and a new head.

    You can even say the same about the venerable BMC A-Series – the original 803cc engine bore virtually no resemblance to the final 1275cc MPi unit. The N-Series is far from Jurassic, other manufacturers do exactly the same thing!

  12. Keith Adams Keith Adams says:

    Craig :

    I am disappointed that Alex Mathias has instructed me, in effect, to shut up. These forums are all about diversity of opinion; opening up discussion, not closing it down.

    It looks like you’re in the wrong country, Mr Mathias! You’d fit in much better in China where bland-looking cars abound and there is no freedom of speech.

    Hi Craig,

    I’d just like to say that Alex is not speaking for the site here – I think these feedback forums are essential for the development of the site, so welcome all comment, whether they be constructively positive or negative.

    So, your views are valued.

    On this story, I am a little frustrated and annoyed. I mean, MG jumping onto the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon at least a year after all of the important opposition? Hardly groundbreaking stuff.

    Still, at least they’re trying.

    As for the MG6 – it is coming, of that I am sure, and I am also confident that in Euro-spec, on UK-biased chassis settings, the car will drive very well indeed. Stylistically, it could also come along at a good time – design in the sector has stagnated recently; the new Astra, Focus and Megane are real identikit efforts, so the MG’s almost forced conservatism could actually be a real asset, as it does, at least, look different.

    We’ll see…

    /K

  13. Richard says:

    @Alex Mathias
    On the contrary, I think Craig hits the nail on the head – a little up-grading to “UK-Spec” can never alter the fact that the MG6 is one hell of a boring car.

  14. I am with Keith here – I reckon that we should all reserve our final judgement on the MG6 until we have seen the UK-spec car in the metal and, more importantly, driven one properly.

    However, based on a quick spin in a Sino-spec MG6 around the MG Birmingham site and my conversations with MG Motor UK’s Guy Jones and SMTC UK’s Director – Chassis, Andy Kitson, I am confident that the Euro-spec MG6’s ride and handling will be right on the money… Anyway, as Keith says, we will see.

  15. @Dennis
    The MG6, in fact, has the SAIC Motor-developed version of the MGR K-Series engine known as the Kavachi 1.8T and not the Nanjing Automobile Corporation-developed N-Series version fitted to MG UK-built MG TFs.

  16. Alex Scott says:

    Some good comments here, but I agree we should not be telling others to keep quite (unless their comments are offensive). I guess one good thing about a Facebook page is that we can now, if we so choose, go and tell MG Motor we still think the MG6 needs some styling work 🙂 – just in case they don’t read this (AROnline) wonderful friendly and social website. Alex.

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