…and it’s a disaster for MG and Lotus
Despite the positive press reviews and value pricing, the MG6 appears to be struggling on the UK market currently. The SMMT has published its October sales figures, and it makes grim reading for fans of the Octagon-badged cars – with a total of 15 finding new homes. Contrast that with the 70 Bentleys that were sold during the same 31-day period.
The annual sales tally doesn’t look any better, with MG having shifted 242 cars since January. And as we can assume that includes a few of the run out TF models, that does not make for comfortable reading at all. The arrival of diesel MG6s and the much-needed MG3 supermini can’t come soon enough – although the word on the grapevine is that MG6 diesel won’t be ready for European sale until the end of 2012.
The news was better across the other ‘UK’ mainstream marques, with Jaguar posting 713 sales in October; Land Rover 3044 (up from 1864 in 2010, presumably in anticipation of another cold winter); and MINI to 3302 from 3184. Bentley and Aston Martin are both down over 2010, but the biggest disaster is reserved for Lotus, who sold 4 cars in October, compared with 61 last year.
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