MG3 to be assembled in UK like the 6

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    MG3 to be assembled in UK like the 6

    Post by richardk on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:07 pm

    According to an article on AROnline http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/news/mg-news/mg-motor-uk/mg3-will-be-assembled-in-the-uk/

    The UK-designed and engineered MG3 will be assembled at Longbridge in an arrangement that mirrors production of its bigger brother, the MG6. A source close to the factory has confirmed to AROnline that the supermini, which has been on sale in China and in left-hand drive markets around the world since 2011, will tick the ‘British’ box as it’s a matter of prestige for its owner SAIC Motor back in its home market of China.
    The same sources confirmed that assembly facilities are currently being prepared within the Longbridge factory for the new car. With final assembly of the ’3 taking place in the UK, it will mean that SAIC Motor will be able to push the car in Britain as a home-built product and, more importantly, be able to sell it in China as a ‘British-made’ car in its advertising and PR.
    The MG3, which is currently offered globally with a single 1.5-litre NSE petrol engine in 87 and 107bhp guise, is now undergoing final testing and development for a UK and (a later) European launch in 2013. The final specifications are yet to be confirmed, as is the pricing. However, as there are no low-powered, entry-level or diesel models, don’t expect super-cheap, loss-leaders at the bottom of the range.
    However, as the MG6 has quietly been becoming more of a value proposition in recent months thanks to generous trade-in deals and other offers designed to help sell these slow-moving cars, we’re hoping that lessons have been learned and the new supermini is priced keenly – with at least one sub-£10,000 entry-level model to get the customers into MG’s quiet showrooms.
    Expect to hear more in the run-up to the launch in the spring of 2013…

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    Post by Dorset Rocket on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:35 pm

    Strange that they are talking about a 1.5 engine 'in 87 and 107bhp guise' and no entry level model. I thought the 87bhp engine was a 1.3 petrol and would be very much the entry level engine while the 1.5 will be 107bhp and may soon be joined by a 1.5 turbo hopefully with 120bhp plus.. Anyway all good news about UK build and great also if they have now moved the launch date forward to Spring 2013.
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    Post by Windy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:01 am

    Dorset Rocket wrote:I thought the 87bhp engine was a 1.3 petrol
    You are correct, although I'm not sure that we will get the same engines as the Chinese in Europe for emissions reasons.

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    Post by Dorset Rocket on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:01 am

    Offering the MG3 with a single 1.5 litre petrol engine in two or three states of tune including a tubo should be fine at launch especially if a bought in diesel and the new smaller engines developed with GM follow on. After all, the BMW Mini has always only had a 1.6 petrol option with various power outputs and the orginal Chrysler sourced engine was not brilliant, but it never seemed to do Mini sales much harm..
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    Post by Windy on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:34 am

    Dorset Rocket wrote:Offering the MG3 with a single 1.5 litre petrol engine in two or three states of tune including a tubo should be fine at launch
    If they really are going to sell an 87bhp varient than a 1.5 with plenty of torque but limited revs might be a good move for the UK. The car is a bit heavy for a normal 87bhp petrol engine, it would be a bit like having a diesel but without the extra cost!

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