Philip Crewe fires up Photoshop to make a few cosmetic tweaks to the MG6 – and reckons it’s far from a lost cause in the UK car market.
With the imminent UK launch of the MG3, I was thinking about what could be done with the unloved MG6. It’s unfortunate that it was the first car to be introduced by MG Motor UK in its ‘home’ market. It straddles the C- and D-sectors (something Rover and its antecedents were guilty of time and time again) – these areas of the market are both declining in popularity in Europe and are hugely contested.
In reality, the MG6 never stood a chance. Maybe in five or ten years’ time this won’t matter at all. By leading with the MG6, MG Motor UK ironed out all the issues surrounding its manufacturing process before trying to become a really serious UK and European car company with the MG3.
That’s not to say the MG6 is a bad-looking car. I had a quick play around with a picture of one on Photoshop and I think it wouldn’t be too difficult for MG to transform it from being a rather generic design and, indeed, make it quite handsome. Actually, I would go so far as to say it’s a much nicer car than the RDX60 that’s currently adorning the top image on this site’s homepage.
It’s never going to be a major seller but, based on MG’s success in the BTCC and using one of the UK’s many specialist tuning companies, maybe it could move it into the market space vacated by the much-missed Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi Evo? Just a thought… What do you think?
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.