MG Motor UK : ZERO Concept to star at MPH/Top Gear Live shows

MG6 saloon

The MG6 Saloon was unveiled in the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo today

MG Motor UK has today announced that MG ZERO Concept car which will star at the ‘MPH featuring Top Gear Live’ shows in November has safely arrived at MG Birmingham. The ZERO was first shown at the Beijing Automotive Show and caused a sensation, receiving rave reviews from the world’s automotive media and visitors alike.

However, the ‘MPH featuring Top Gear Live’ shows will mark the ZERO Concept’s European debut and MG expect the car to be a real crowd puller. ZERO was designed by the UK-based team led by MG Design Director, Anthony Williams-Kenny.

Guy Jones, MG Motor UK’s Director of Sales and Marketing, said: “Everyone has been bowled over by the ZERO and, although still a concept, it is vitally important to us because it shows the direction for the smaller range of cars to follow MG6.”

Interestingly, another new MG of, perhaps, more immediate significance was shown to the Chinese public for the first time today – the MG6 Saloon was unveiled in the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. Ash Sutcliffe of China Car Times reports that the MG6 Saloon will be offered with the same powertrains as the existing Fastback model and reckons that UK-spec versions of both the MG6 Fastback and Saloon will be on the MG Motor UK stand at the ‘MPH featuring Top Gear Live’ shows next month too…

[Source: MG Motor UK Limited/China Car Times]

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.

7 Comments on "MG Motor UK : ZERO Concept to star at MPH/Top Gear Live shows"

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  1. Jon says:

    Where have all the previous comments on this article gone??

  2. Mark Pitchford says:

    What exactly does this prove about badge-engineering?

  3. Mike Humble Mike Humble says:

    A brave effort on MG`s part, but what worries me is the distinct lack a REAL impetus to tell the world MG is back. The Dealer Network is very sketchy and, from what I saw at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show, the PR people are quite vague and almost totally lacking in excitement.

    I want this new reborn brand to do so well, but I’m worried about SAIC Motors’ real commitment to the UK as a whole. However, remember this folks, we are NEVER going to see any real mass production or blinding sales figure but I’m dying to be proved wrong!

  4. Sam Richardson says:

    What happened to all the new jobs? MG Motor brings the vehicles into Longbridge 75% built, removes the engines, refits them and then builds the front end – at least that’s what some of the employees who remain there are saying – and the MG6 has been delayed again.

    Would you buy a car built and shipped from overseas when it was supposed to be reborn and be built at Longbridge as part of MG’s new future? What does that future hold ?

  5. Sam Richardson says:

    MG Motor UK’s Guy Jones consistently talks about the new models which are to follow the MG6 but, hang on, we haven’t seen that car being built yet. MG will not be MG unless the cars are built in their entirety where they belong – the Longbridge home, where it all began.

  6. Sam Doodle says:

    I fully support the initiatives which SAIC Motor have already annouced about the future of MG but when are these coming to fruition?

    SAIC Motor say that there are over 300 employees based at Longbridge but there are, at most, 20 Car Assemblers and they have built no cars for nearly 7 months – the wage bill and other costs must be costing SAIC Motor millions.

    The word from the workforce is that they are having many problems with the MG6 back in China. The problems are apparently engine-related and that’s why it’s been delayed again.

  7. Sam Richardson says:

    I have just heard from an MG employee that the entry-level MG6 model will start at around the £17,000 mark while the level 2 and level 3 models will be about £19,000. Good luck to them at that price – especially with the stories from within MG about problems with the MG6 model in China.

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