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News Analysis : No smoke and mirrors at MG Birmingham…

News Analysis : No smoke and mirrors at MG Birmingham…

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: Adam Sloman AROnline has already run two stories about the recent MG3 Media Launch at MG Birmingham – News: MG3 revealed with personalisation options and News: MG’s European Design Centre expanded – but, in essence, two key themes emerged from the presentations delivered by SAIC Motor’s Global Design Director, Anthony Williams-Kenny, his UK-based colleague and Vice-Director, Design, […]

News : A talk and a tour at MG Birmingham…

News : A talk and a tour at MG Birmingham…

AROnline last visited SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited (SMTC UK) for the opening of the UK Design Centre back in June, 2010. However, since then, the company has continued to develop the Longbridge-based site and so our Contributing Editor, Clive Goldthorp, was pleased to accept a recent invitation from the Managing Director of SMTC UK and Vice-President […]

News : Roewe at Auto China 2012

News : Roewe at Auto China 2012

Keith Adams Auto China 2012 officially saw the severing of the genetic ties between SAIC Motor’s faux-UK brand and the Rover products it formerly based its cars upon. The impressive new car that headed up Roewe’s motor show hoopla was the 950, which is based closely on the Buick LaCrosse/Saab 9-5, nestling atop a GM […]

News : Will GM-SAIC deal lead to electric MGs?

News : Will GM-SAIC deal lead to electric MGs?

Keith Adams General Motors and SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd have signed an agreement for the co-development of electric vehicle architecture in China. It’s a groundbreaking – and some would say controversial – arrangement as currently, it seemed favoured in the direction of the Chinese, with the US company’s current production technology outstripping that of its […]

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SAIC Motor : Chen Zhixin signs MoU with Lord March at Goodwood FoS

SAIC Motor : Chen Zhixin signs MoU with Lord March at Goodwood FoS

Goodwood Motor Circuit, SAIC Motor and Anting ‘Auto City’ – home of SAIC vehicle production – signed a Memo of Understanding on the opening day of the recent 19th Goodwood Festival of Speed. The three parties have agreed to increase co-operation and a mutual understanding of car culture in order to further the development of […]

Press Report : SAIC Motor targets Europe with new MG models

Nick Gibbs, Automotive News Europe, 1 June 2011 The Chinese owners of the UK’s MG sports car brand plan to invest heavily and launch new models to grow MG around the world, with Europe being the main target market. Shanghai-based parent, SAIC Motor Corp, owner of MG Motor UK, has already spent £1billion in resurrecting […]

SAIC Motor : Tony Williams-Kenny appointed as Design Director

SAIC Motor : Tony Williams-Kenny appointed as Design Director

Adam Sloman    SAIC Motor’s new Design Director, Tony Williams-Kenny (first left), at the SMTC UK opening in 2010   Owen Ready of Car Design News reports that SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited’s (SMTC UK’s) Design Director, Tony Williams-Kenny has recently been appointed as immediate parent company SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Company Limited’s new Design Director – he […]

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Press Report : Making MG great again

Press Report : Making MG great again

Richard Bremner, Senior Contributing Editor, Autocar, 27th June, 2010 MG’s Chinese owners are determined to make it a great brand again – Richard Bremner visited SAIC’s new plant in Shanghai to find out about its plans. MG and Roewe’s two year old Lingang Factory is an impressive sight. Said to be the most modern in […]

Press Report : SAIC to build Roewe 350 in UK

Press Report : SAIC to build Roewe 350 in UK

Hu Sheng, Automotive News Europe, 24th March, 2010 SHANGHAI — Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. plans to build and sell a right-hand drive hatchback version of its newly unveiled Roewe 350 in England, said Chen Zhixin, Executive Vice President of SAIC. Chen, who is also head of SAIC’s own brand vehicles, made the remarks at the ceremony […]

SAIC Motor and MG : Setting a precedent for FGA’s ailing Alfa Romeo brand?

SAIC Motor and MG : Setting a precedent for FGA’s ailing Alfa Romeo brand?

Clive Goldthorp Alfa Romeo and MG – two of the Automotive Industry’s most historic and iconic, but often troubled, sporting marques – have much in common at the moment. The two brands have probably the most active and dedicated global Owners’ Clubs networks of any OEMs and, while MG enthusiasts have just been celebrating the […]

SAIC Motor : Badge-engineering back in Belarus

Clive Goldthorp British MG enthusiasts may still be waiting for MG Motor UK Limited to announce whether and, if so, when the Roewe 550-based MG 6 will roll off a Longbridge production line but SAIC Motor has now launched a range of Chinese-built MGs in non-European Union country Belarus. MG-badged versions of the Roewe 550 […]

China Watch : SAIC Motor Q1 net profit down nearly 50 percent

China Watch : SAIC Motor Q1 net profit down nearly 50 percent

Automotive News Europe/Reuters, 28th April, 2009 SHANGHAI (Reuters) SAIC Motor Corp., which owns the remnants of the British MG Rover carmaker, on Tuesday posted a fall of nearly 50 percent in first-quarter earnings. The company also runs car manufacturing ventures in China with General Motors and Volkswagen. SAIC Motor said it booked 626.9 million yuan […]

Roewe : Advancing at Auto Shanghai

Roewe : Advancing at Auto Shanghai

Words: Keith Adams Photography: Dan Strong Roewe is looking to a bright future, with a serious expansion of the range, and alternative fuelled vehicles. But will they come to Europe, or is that reserved for MG? SAIC Motor’s strangely-named Rover reincarnation, Roewe, unveiled its N1 concept at Auto Shanghai earlier today. The compact five-door is […]

Roewe N1 : SAIC Design takes a dynamic direction

Keith Adams Roewe N1 Concept The Roewe N1 Concept, which will be unveiled at next week’s Auto Shanghai, clearly shows that SAIC Motor wishes to establish a younger and more dynamic identity for its pseudo-British marque. The N1 follows in the footsteps of the Roewe W2 concept, by being a barely disguised version of a future production vehicle […]

MG6 : Breaking cover at Auto Shanghai next week

Keith Adams  SAIC Design’s renderings of the MG6 Concept have now filtered onto the web and hint at an exciting future line-up of sporting hatchbacks based upon the critically acclaimed Roewe 550. The new hatchback is already deep into a stringent global development programme, with the latest sightings in Germany. The 1.8-litre turbocharged hot hatch will initially be built in […]

Longbridge : SMTC UK’s £2.7m move now completed

Longbridge : SMTC UK’s £2.7m move now completed

MG Motor UK Limited and SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited (SMTC UK) are now sharing the Longbridge site as the Engineering and R&D company has completed a move from its Leamington offices into new premises on the site of the MG factory on Lowhill Lane. The move was an obvious, sensible and inevitable rationalisation […]

China Watch : SAIC aims to sell 60,000 Roewe, MG cars in '09

China Watch : SAIC aims to sell 60,000 Roewe, MG cars in '09

George Gao, Shanghai, Gasgoo.com, 24th February, 2009 In its effort to cut costs, Chinese auto giant SAIC is merging the sales networks of its Roewe and MG brands and aims to sell 60,000 Roewe and MG cars this year, up 67% from their sales in 2008, said sina.com today. In 2009, SAIC will launch two […]

China Watch : SsangYong Motor seeks aid from SAIC Motor

China Watch : SsangYong Motor seeks aid from SAIC Motor

Song Jung-a in Seoul, Financial Times, 4th December, 2008 Faced with the acute credit crunch, SsangYong Motor said it asked its Chinese parent to provide financial support for the development of new vehicles. SsangYong, in which China’s SAIC Motor owns a 51.3 per cent stake, is in desperate need of cash as it faces 150bn […]