Words: Keith Adams Photography: Nigel Garton
It looks like a scene from 28 Days Later, but this astonishing line-up of 50 MGs is actually what looks like an abandoned cache unsold cars near the Qatari capital of Doha. Our man in the Middle Eastern state stumbled upon this selection of MG3s, 550s, and 6s, and couldn’t believe his eyes, stating that they looked to have been in this location since, at least, the last time it rained in the desert state – some time in March.
Further investigation revealed that the MG dealer in Doha is all-but abandoned and all sales operations are at a standstill. It would appear that the reason for this breakdown in SAIC’s operation in this territory is down to a bust-up with the local importer. He said: ‘The market for saloons is sewn up by Toyota, Nissan and Chevrolet in the non-premium, mid-range, add in Mitsubishi in the small cars arena. They’ve got the established service centres all over the place and the cars are the cheapest to maintain as a result of volumes.
‘Kia is up and coming. MG were always on a hiding to nothing, but I think that what I’ve heard about a dispute between old MG and new MG importers will be the most likely reason for the showroom looking like it does.’
MG Qatar’s website is currently offline.
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...
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