John Griffin, Birmingham Mail
Longbridge roared into the New Year with a £2 million boom – as MG enjoyed its biggest sales month after nearly seven years under Chinese ownership. MG Motor UK clocked up 111 sales in December alone, its best performance since the rebirth of Longbridge after the demise of MG Rover in April 2005. In December 2010 the firm sold just ten cars.
The pre-Christmas boost for the Shanghai Automotive-owned car firm helped MG Motor increase overall sales for 2011 by nearly 28 per cent to 360, compared to 282 in 2010. The sales joy followed the successful launch last year of the MG6, the first all-new MG for 16 years, and a saloon version later in 2011. Now the Birmingham firm is gearing up for production of a diesel version by the end of 2012, and the launch of the MG3, a new hatchback model.
MG Motor UK PR and Events Manager Doug Wallace said: ‘December was our best month yet – we are absolutely delighted. Momentum is building all the time and hopefully we will see even greater numbers this year. The next step for us will be the addition of a diesel version which is scheduled for the end of this year and we will also be looking to launch the MG3, a smaller vehicle than the MG6, about the size of a Fiesta.’
MG Motor UK currently has 40 dealers nationwide and is looking to increase the total to more than 50 by the end of the year. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that Land Rover sold 37,637 cars in the UK last year, just under one per cent up on 2010. Jaguar sold 13,787 cars in the UK in 2011 compared to 16,417 in 2010.
[Source: Birmingham Mail]