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    Post by patpending on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:22 am

    China's SAIC Motor, MG's parent company, on Tuesday signed an agreement with Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group to build a joint venture plant in Thailand to make MG cars, SAIC said in a statement posted on its website.

    The initial investment in the plant, which will have an annual capacity of 50,000 cars, will be 1.8 billion yuan ($285 million), with SAIC taking a 51 percent stake and the CP Group taking 49 percent.

    MG has been committed to the Australian market, but the brand will also try to boost its exports to Southeast Asian countries and to New Zealand in the future. It has also set up operations in the United States, to facilitate its development in North America.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-12/04/content_15987297.htm


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    Post by Windy on Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:43 am


    SAIC production plant in Thailand next year is expected to grow at more than 20 times the local sales

    Thailand, "Bangkok Post" recently reported that China's SAIC joint venture plant in Thailand next year put into production, is expected to grow at more than 20 local sales times.


    Sales will surge


    Chia CFO Amnouy Sirijansawang SAIC, said the new vehicle plant in Rayong, Thailand (Rayong) Hemaraj industrial park along the East China Sea, is expected to put into production in June 2014 to run. The new plant put into operation in the first year to third year, the annual production of 30,000 vehicles, test the market demand scale, the fourth annual production capacity will increase to 50,000 units / year.

    Last December, the Shanghai Automotive Group Co., Ltd. and Thailand Chia Tai Group (Charoen Pokphand Group) jointly announced that SAIC joint venture in Thailand Chia Tai (SAIC Motor-CP Co), equity ratio of 51%: 49%. SAIC will be the technology licensing and trademark licensing, authorization joint venture to produce and sell the MG brand RHD vehicles.

    SAIC in the current annual sales of about 2,000 units in Thailand, initially mainly for the local market in Thailand, which means that 2017 sales will increase about SAIC Thailand about 24 times.

    Amnouy Sirijansawang also revealed that, if sufficient demand for exports, two projects after construction completion, the plant will eventually doubled production capacity to 200,000 units / year. SAIC plant in Thailand plans to eventually sell for the entire ASEAN region.

    MG brand in 2005 to enter the Thai market, to achieve local production after the expected sales will grow substantially. Amnouy said the company plans to release in Thailand in 2014 MG6 sedan car with the Honda Civic, Toyota Altis same level, will be sold in the local SAIC Chia Tai Company's first car, followed by a small hatchback MG3 and MG5.

    Invested nearly 40 billion yuan

    Joint venture investment in the first phase of 100 billion baht, according to the latest exchange rate about 1.98 billion yuan. SAIC plans for the future will be an additional investment in Thailand doubled to 20 billion baht, or about 3.97 billion yuan. Apart from the construction OEMs, SAIC will build R & D center in Thailand and design studio, is expected to recruit 300 automotive designers.

    SAIC will also be established in Thailand and honest dealer network, is currently being certified dealer selection, expected by 2014 will have 15 to 20, half of which is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

    In addition to joint venture projects in Thailand, Chia Tai Group of cooperation with SAIC include motorcycle manufacturing, and for the Chinese automotive market providing air compressors.
    Source: http://www.kaixian.tv/R2/n3510179c7.shtml
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    Post by patpending on Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:39 am

    Fan spyshots of MGs in Thailand:

    (not sure about the autotranslate, " If you have any progress. We will not let the fans know immediately.")




    source http://www.autospinn.com/2013/09/ภาพหลุด-spyshot-mg-วิ่งทดสอบในไท/

    Ponds116. Posted: September 23rd, 2,013th.



    Yesterday we received a picture Spyshot car brand. Which is not recognized in the MG, a brand that is the origin of English. Which we have to thank the fans of the page is a picture you love with myself (reflecting the state of isolation).

    By the MG brand, which is currently under sheltering of SAIC has partnered with CP (CP) in the budget established in the country and is planning to be released in Thailand. During the last quarter of this year. And it is possible to launch the MG brand has been known within the Thailand Motor Expo this year as well.

    In the picture of the fan page, we recorded the number 3 car 4 car ran a test version.This includes a car MG6 Sedan Sedan 2 cars and the cars that made the cut for another two cars cars black and white version of the MG3 MG5.
    That leads us to expect. Thailand is one of the three versions of the MG car by the end of this year. If you have any progress. We will not let the fans know immediately.
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    Re: MG Thailand News

    Post by patpending on Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:15 am

    http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/news/mg-news/mg-motor-uk/news-analysis-3s-launch-whats-next-mg/



    [Clive Goldthorp]
    Thailand’s Bangkok Post recently reported that SAIC Motor-CP Company Limited – the Joint Venture between SAIC Motor and the Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group which is currently completing a 50,000 vehicle a year manufacturing facility in Rayong where production will begin next February – ‘is conducting a feasibility study about investing in a second plant [in Thailand] as it intends to make [the country] its manufacturing base for right-hand-drive vehicles to serve both the local and export markets.’

    The Bangkok Post adds that ‘the second plant would enable SAIC Motor-CP’s production to rise to 150,000-200,000 vehicles a year’ and that ‘SAIC Motor aims to export from Thailand to right-hand-driving countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.’ How would such an additional manufacturing facility impact on the prospects for a return to full-scale production at MG Birmingham? Will and, if so, when might UK market MGs such as the 3 and 6 be built in Thailand and what role will MG Birmingham then play in the marque’s much-awaited return to the European market?


    [Guy Jones]

    As you know, I have repeatedly stated that our role is to expand UK production and sales from hundreds into thousands of units this year with the addition of MG3 to the model range. MG is now a global business and it is exciting to see that it will shortly enter the important South East Asian market via Thailand. Increasing demand for RHD products will increase demand for RHD products in our business which can only help the UK.

    "Production will begin next February" - does he mean this February, 2014? That's as good as now! Those cars are going somewhere!

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    Thailand car plant.

    Post by adaveabbott on Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:15 pm

     Sad Pat, i think you and i are on the same wave length as far as Thailand is concerned.

    I cannot envisage full production ever returning to the UK if what we have just read is true.

    However one can only remain optimistic.
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    Post by Windy on Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:18 pm

    patpending wrote:"Production will begin next February" - does he mean this February, 2014? That's as good as now! Those cars are going somewhere!
    I would be surprised if it takes as long as next February, but this February seems a little optimistic for anything but test production.

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    Autotranslate.

    Post by adaveabbott on Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:41 pm

    Pat the Auto translate worked perfectly okay for me.
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    Post by patpending on Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:16 pm

    adaveabbott wrote:Pat the Auto translate worked perfectly okay for me.
    September? I can't remember December. Maybe I should have started a new topic.
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    Re: MG Thailand News

    Post by patpending on Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:54 pm

    See also http://www.mguk.org/t1135-mg-motor-uk-s-plans-for-2014-guy-jones-in-aronline


    SOURCE: Bangkok Post

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/marketing/380529/saic-cp-venture-mulls-second-thai-factory



    SAIC Motor-CP Co, the Chinese-Thai car maker, is conducting a feasibility study about investing in a second plant here as it intends to make Thailand its manufacturing base for right-hand-drive vehicles.


    The first plant is due to start operation in February next year [2014], with first-year production of around 2,000 units.


    The source said the second plant would enable SAIC Motor-CP's production to rise to 150,000-200,000 vehicles a year.


    SAIC Motor aims to export from Thailand to right-hand-driving countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. [my bold]


    Amnouy Sirijansawang, chief financial officer of SAIC Motor-CP, said the MG6, a sedan vehicle, is the first model made at its Thai facility. The MG6 is due to launch in the third quarter of 2014.


    Mr Amnouy said the company plans to expand production in the future to cover the mini-hatchback models MG3 and MG5.

    Production of Maxus Datong, a British light commercial van, is also in the pipeline after the company introduces the import to the Thai market next year.




    Is this illustration a standard LHD Chinese MG6?



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    Post by Morris Motors on Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:29 am

    Seems like the exact same plan they had for Longbridge, down to the model they are beginning with and the first production numbers.

    Is this facility going to be a CKD operation as we have in the UK or with it be a bash/weld/paint plant?
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    Post by Windy on Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:29 am

    Morris Motors wrote:Seems like the exact same plan they had for Longbridge, down to the model they are beginning with and the first production numbers.

    Is this facility going to be a CKD operation as we have in the UK or with it be a bash/weld/paint plant?
    At the moment it is low volume CKD. I think SAIC still remember trouble with the unions in Korea and Thailand will have to prove itself worthy of further development before they get more. Essentially it is to avoid taxes when exporting to Australia etc. so there is no real reason to go beyond CKD at present.

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    Post by snifferdog1 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:58 pm

    Does this mean that Longbridge will still be assembling?
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    Post by Windy on Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:09 pm

    snifferdog1 wrote:Does this mean that Longbridge will still be assembling?
    I don't think it affects Longbridge in any way, it is production for RHD parts of Asia and Oceania, Longbridge is for Europe and maybe RHD parts of Africa.

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    Post by Morris Motors on Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:40 pm

    I think time will tell. If they are to remain truly global with a full range of cars they will need more than one RHD assembly plant anyway so Thailand would never be the sole manufacturing facility for those models. Longbridge might end up supplying LHD to europe too I suppose.
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    Post by Windy on Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:50 pm

    Morris Motors wrote:I think time will tell. If they are to remain truly global with a full range of cars they will need more than one RHD assembly plant anyway so Thailand would never be the sole manufacturing facility for those models. Longbridge might end up supplying LHD to europe too I suppose.
    For tax reasons, Longbridge will supply all European Union countries whichever side of the road they drive on, just need those SGE engines to arrive... any news on the Adam getting it's SGE, I've still not seen a date...
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    Re: MG Thailand News

    Post by Windy on Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:44 am


    First MG6 rolls off the Thai production line



    SAIC Motor-CP displays the MG6 1.8-litre saloon at its Rayong plant yesterday.



    SAIC Motor-CP Co, the Chinese-Thai car maker, is planning to invest 30-40 billion baht in a second Thai plant after its first plant in Rayong rolled out the MG6 1.8-litre saloon yesterday. 


    The company has already acquired 500 rai of land in Chon Buri for the plant, which is expected to be ready by 2018.


    President Wu Huan said that once the second plant becomes operational, the company will move car manufacturing there from the first plant, which will be designated to produce auto parts or powertrains.


    SAIC Motor-CP is a joint venture between Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and CP Group.


    It is investing 9 billion baht in the first phase for the plant in Rayong's Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate. SAIC holds a 51% stake in the venture, with CP holding the rest.


    Production capacity will be 50,000 vehicles a year, mainly for the well-known British brand MG, which the Chinese firm bought in 2005, and Maxus Datong, bought by SAIC in 2010.


    The second plant will enable SAIC Motor-CP's production to rise to between 150,000 and 200,000 vehicles a year.


    SAIC is the largest car maker in China, with annual production and sales of 4 million vehicles and 60,000 exports.


    It operates four car brands, with plans to introduce Roewe, MG Rover and Yuejin, and has six plants across China and one in Britain.


    SAIC Motor-CP aims to export from Thailand to right-hand-drive countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.


    Its Rayong plant yesterday officially rolled out the MG6. Prices for the saloon will be made available to the public on June 19. Delivery is expected next month.


    The company expects to sell 2,000 MG6s this year, mainly in the Thai market.


    “The MG6 is just our beginning,” said SAIC Motor-CP board chairman Thanakorn Seriburi. “Our automotive business aims to expand production in the future to cover MG’s sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks and Maxus Datong’s commercial vans.”


    According to Mr Thanakorn, the company plans to produce 14,000 MG vehicles under three models — MG3, MG5 and MG6 — next year and start exporting to Malaysia in 2015.


    Under its three-year plan from 2014-16, SAIC Motor-CP has set an ambitious target to take a 10% share of Thailand's automotive market and launch another 6-7 models in the kingdom.


    SAIC Motor-CP has 15 dealers and service centres while planning to expand the number to cover 30 locations nationwide this year.


    SAIC Motor-CP is one of 10 car makers including five existing eco-car manufacturers that have recently applied for the second phase of the previous government's eco-car scheme.


    The 10 projects are set to produce 1.58 million eco-cars with an investment about 100 billion baht higher than the combined outlay from the five eco-car manufacturers in the first phase.


    The existing five manufacturers are prepared to invest 86.8 billion baht for the production of 753,000 eco-cars, while the five newcomers are prepared to spend 52 billion to roll out 828,000 vehicles.


    Mr Wu said the company cannot disclose any investment and expansion details until the Board of Investment (BoI) approves SAIC Motor-CP’s eco-car proposal.


    Kasikorn Research Center forecasts the second phase of the eco-car scheme could generate annual production of at least 500,000 vehicles because the BoI requires automakers to produce 100,000 units a year of their model by the fourth year of their eco-car operation.



    Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/413602/thai-built-mg6-saloon-rolled-out
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    Post by patpending on Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:56 am

    Thai production was 2.45m vehicles in 2012 of which 1m were exported, so the Thai market must be at least 1.5m cars. MG plan to go from about 2,000 to 150,000 cars (10%) in effectively two years!

    If they can assemble 150,000 cars plus exports there, it's going to be a far more important factory than Longbridge...
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    Post by Windy on Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:29 am


    SAIC Thai factory production 8 new models want to push the local market occupying 10%






    SAIC MG6 cars off the assembly line plant in Thailand recently became the first company in operation in the local production base.  SAIC is also planning a second factory in Thailand, is expected to put into operation in 2018.  SAIC focus on the future to occupy 10% of the Thai automobile market share, and locally manufactured vehicles exported to other countries and Malaysia.

    SAIC car off the assembly line plant in Thailand

    The morning of June 4, SAIC Motor Co., Ltd. Chia Tai (SAIC Motor-CP Co) was held in Rayong (Rayong) Thai factory line-off ceremony of the first car MG6, SAIC declared officially put into use production bases in Thailand and is MG MG brand Third quarter sales in Thailand, officially pave the way.  The MG6 sedan off the assembly line equipped with 1.8 l engine.  The car will be the Honda Civic, Toyota Altis for the market, June 19 SAIC MG6 will be public Buthe domestic prices, and dealers begin delivery next month.

    Chinese Ambassador Ning Fukui, Thailand, the UK Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent, SAIC chairman Chen Hong, SAIC president Chen Zhixin, Xie Guomin, chairman of Chia Tai Group, attended.  Xie Guomin which was the first Thai-made MG car owners.

    December 2012, SAIC and Chia Tai Group (Charoen Pokphand Group, CP) jointly announced the establishment of a joint venture SAIC Chia, shares more than 51% in Thailand: 49%.  SAIC will technology licensing and trademark licensing, production and sales joint venture authorized MG brand vehicles right rudder, Thailand aims to build for the right rudder automobile production base, while for the local and export markets.

    The first phase of the joint venture investment of 100 billion baht, according to the latest exchange rate about 1.98 billion yuan.  SAIC Thailand's first factory is located in the East China Sea coast Hemaraj Rayong Industrial Park this year, but had to delay the progress of the political turmoil in Thailand.  New plant in the first year after the third year, the annual production of 30,000 vehicles, to test the size of the market demand, the fourth annual production capacity will increase to 50,000 units / year.  SAIC current annual sales of about 2,000 cars in Thailand, Thai factories initial production capacity mainly for the local market in Thailand.

    In addition to the joint venture plant project in Thailand, Chia Tai Group, including the content of cooperation with SAIC motorcycle manufacturing and supplying air compressors for the Chinese automotive market.

    Two factories in full swing

    SAIC plans to invest an additional future projects doubled in Thailand, the second phase of the project to reach 20 billion baht, or about 3.97 billion yuan.  SAIC has Chonburi (Chon Buri) for the second factory chose 500 rai (about 800,000 square meters, per rai = 1,600 square meters) of land area for the construction of the base.

    After completion of the second phase of construction, the plant will eventually doubled production capacity to 150,000 to 200,000 units / year, reaching about four times the first stage.  Thai factory SAIC plans to eventually sell for the entire ASEAN region, including other right rudder car market in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and even Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

    Wu Chia Huan, president of SAIC, said in the second phase to reach full capacity, the plant will stop production of the first vehicle, and instead focus on engaging powertrain and parts production.

    In addition, SAIC will establish a network of distributors and Chia in Thailand, is currently selecting certified dealers, has set up 15 distribution and service centers, half of which is located in Bangkok, Thailand, is expected to be expanded to 30 years.

    In addition to the construction of OEMs, R & D center and design studio SAIC is also one of the strategic content of Thailand, is expected to recruit 300 automotive designers.

    Launch product to 10% share of 7-8

    SAIC chairman Chia Shao Zhu (Thanakorn Seriburi) said: ". MG6 is just the first step in our business plan SAIC Chia car lineup future expansion, to cover MG SUV brand products, pickups and commercial vehicles SAIC Chase."

    Immediately after the MG6, SAIC MG3 next step will be put into a small car and MG5 in Thailand locally.  Chase brand light MPV next year will also enter SAIC Thai factory product range.  Shao Zhu is expected next year, SAIC Chia Rayong plant will produce 14,000 vehicles MG6, MG5 and MG3, and 2015 will also be opened SAIC vehicles exported to Malaysia, Thailand prelude.

    According to SAIC Chia 2014-2016 three-year plan, SAIC in Thailand aimed at occupying the local car market share of about 10%, and is ready to re-invest outside the MG6 6-7 models.  Thailand's automobile market is currently between 130-145 million in annual sales, such as sales of 1,325,079 vehicles in 2013, sold 1,436,335 vehicles in 2012.  In other words, the local SAIC's goal is to achieve annual sales of around 13-15 million.

    SAIC MG's product lineup will be further expanded in the future, including a new flagship model, sports car, MG6 replacement car, MG SUV and so on.  But not yet known which of the new car will be put to the Thai market, or in Thailand factory production.

    Apply for green car deals

    The Thai government introduced policies to encourage manufacturers to provide incentives for environmentally friendly vehicles.  There are five car prices first to get the green car subsidy eligibility, the second batch will increase to 10 car companies (including the existing 5), SAIC is applying for the second phase of CP environmentally friendly vehicles preferential qualifications.

    The first batch of home 5 awards car prices by nearly 40 billion investment in the first phase baht manufacture environmentally friendly vehicles in China.  In the second phase, which is five car companies ready to invest 86.8 billion baht (U.S. $ 2.68 billion), producing 753,000 vehicles environmentally friendly vehicles.  After 5 will invest 52 billion baht (U.S. $ 1.61 billion), producing 828,000 vehicles environmentally friendly vehicles.  The second phase of the first stage higher than the total investment of nearly 100 billion baht, total manufacturing 1580000 environmentally friendly vehicles.

    Wu Huan said that the current SAIC Chia not convenient to disclose details of any investment and expansion plans until the company's board of directors approved the project proposal environmentally friendly vehicles.

    Source: http://www.gongkong.com/webpage/mknews/201406/2014060911334600001.htm
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    Re: MG Thailand News

    Post by patpending on Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:11 am

    Thai TV advert for the MG6. The marque's history is underlined at 0:47...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvhOuOKr0KE
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    Post by Windy on Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:33 am

    patpending wrote:Thai TV advert for the MG6. The marque's history is underlined at 0:47...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvhOuOKr0KE
    That's loud, so much more exciting than a 2014 Formula 1 car, and affordable too (, even though you do need to be a millionaire to afford one.)  Twisted Evil
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    Post by patpending on Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:11 am

    Thai launch vid showing a facelift EDIT auto RHD model and one with a big spoiler with a launch date of 14th July, shared by Dave Abbott.

    Do we know who the speakers are?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMfIIoZXQtA#t=0
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    Post by garlum on Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:34 pm

    Interesting. New to the market RHD cars in up to the minute spec. Makes you wonder why it's not being offered to UK customers. It's really quite difficult to understand the seemingly disjointed operations between UK and other markets.

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    MG in thailand, begining sales

    Post by arnaud7675 on Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:37 am

    Article from my friend Matt'blog : 33 MG6 in Thailand in.september

    http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2014/11/thailand-september-2014-nissan-navara-in-top-10-honda-mobilio-tops-segment/
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    Re: MG Thailand News

    Post by Windy on Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:36 am

    That's good news, it will be interesting to keep track of Thai sales...

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    Re: MG Thailand News

    Post by snifferdog1 on Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:17 am

    Thats quite a good start isnt it?!
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    Post by patpending on Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:58 am

    snifferdog1 wrote:Thats quite a good start isnt it?!
    it's three times Longbridge's low point!
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    Post by Windy on Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:09 am

    snifferdog1 wrote:Thats quite a good start isnt it?!
    Can't really tell, they may have gone on sale on the 30th, or the 1st - the second months sales will give a much better idea.

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    MG3 coming in Thailand

    Post by arnaud7675 on Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:07 am

    Second model
    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/MG3-set-for-launch-here-30248230.html
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    Post by patpending on Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:58 am

    "Chinese-owned British automaker MG will introduce its second vehicle in Thailand - the MG3 subcompact hatchback - at the Thailand International Motor Expo, which hits the road next week." (21/11/14)
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    MG in Thailand

    Post by patpending on Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:03 am

    Thailand is presumably one of the key countries for MG so I have gathered a couple of other threads in here.

    David Knowles spotted this:

    http://www.just-auto.com/news/saic-to-make-mg-eco-cars-in-thailand_id153023.aspx

    My response:


    So we have:


    Thailand 1 (Rayong), 50,000 capacity, assembling MG6 (and MG3 from next year) - what is Longbridge turning out? Around 2,000 a year?


    Thailand 2, huge planned 200,000 capacity, exact scope unclear, now over half EVs, what % of the ASEAN EV market is 110,000?, was planned to replace Rayong, moon on a stick planned, what will actually happen?

    Wu Huan, president of the company, confirmed that 110,000 units of the new plant's overall annual capacity will be allocated to the production of eco-car, to be sold across the ASEAN region under the MG brand. The remainder of the plant's capacity will be used to produce other MG vehicles.


    SAIC Motor-CP Co Ltd already has a 50,000-unit assembly facility in Rayong, which began assembling the MG6 model earlier this year. Local sales of this model have been disappointing so far. Only 300 units have been sold since its launch in June - well short of the full-year target of 2,000 units.


    The MG3 will be assembled at the plant from next year.


    I hope Thailand 2 is built before Ardmore Oklahoma.

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