MG : Chinese MG 5 production set to commence in 2009
Leading Chinese Automotive Industry website, Gasgoo.com, yesterday reported that construction work on Phase Two of the MG facility at Pukou in Nanjing has now started following a $376.24m investment by parent company SAIC Group.
Gao Yunhang, an Assistant General Manager with MG, said that construction would be completed in 2009 and that the annual capacity would be 200,000 cars and 250,000 engines. The cars will be based on SAIC Motor’s all-new A-class platform and the New Small Engines are all turbocharged with capacities ranging from 1.3 litres to 1.5 litres.
MG’s sales in October increased by 22%. Interestingly, MG 3s equipped with manual transmissions posted significantly better sales than the automatic versions and took 60% of the total sales
The A-class platform will underpin both the MG 5 and Roewe 350 models and there will be hatchback, saloon and MPV derivatives while Gao, apparently, also confirmed that the MG 6 will be a hatchback version of the Roewe 550 which was launched in June, 2008.
The Gasgoo.com report suggests that MG’s initial sales were hampered by the fact that the MG 7 was not originally available with an automatic transmission – 90% of all cars sold in the MG 7’s segment in China have automatic transmissions.
However, following the recent launch of an MG 7 fitted with an automatic transmission co-developed with Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki Company Limited, MG’s sales in October increased by 22%. Interestingly, MG 3s equipped with manual transmissions posted significantly better sales than the automatic versions and took 60% of the total sales.