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    Post by Perkins on Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:02 pm

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    Get your ‘59 Plate MGTF from September 2009

    01.09.09




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    MG Motor UK Ltd dealers across the UK now have new ’59 plate MGTF models available, including the base model TF 135 and the flagship model TF LE500. With its classic mid engined rear wheel drive set up the MG TF 135 offers BIG fun at a tiny price of £13,511 OTR. There are 7 stunning colours to choose from including solids, metallics and micatallics. The MG TF LE500 comes in six colours
    with a body colour matched hard top as standard and has luxurious piano
    black trim, leather seats and chrome detail that give the cabin a
    sporty and contemporary feel. You also get rear parking sensors, high
    end stereo, eleven spoke alloy wheels, windstop and unique LE 500
    badging for £16,055 OTR. Request a test drive in an MG TF now!
    Source : MG Motor UK
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    Post by Perkins on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:01 am

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    New MG models coming to Nottingham

    09.09.09







    In
    true Robin Hood tradition, official MG Motor dealer Luffield Cars are
    coming to Nottingham to take fun sports car motoring away from the rich
    and share it with everybody (at prices this reasonable, you’ll think
    you have stolen it) When Tuesday 15th September and Wednesday 16th September. Where Broadmarsh shopping centre, Nottingham Models on display • TF LE500, the flagship model at the fantastic price of £16,045 OTR • TF 135, the newly launched entry-level model at a great value for money £13,511 OTR. • Don’t forget you can save a further £2,000 with the Government scrappage scheme if you trade in your eligible old car*. .Request a Test drive now! .
    Dealer’s detailsLuffield Cars Belton Road
    Loughborough
    Leicestershire
    LE11 1LR T. 01509 216 100.
    * Eligibility criteria apply
    Source : MG Motor UK
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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by patpending on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:14 am

    that's interesting, I remember in the last years of MGR that Sandicliffe of Nottingham became a dealer.

    Now indeed Luffield are Nottingham's nearest dealer - 15 miles to the south in another county!
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    Get your ‘59 Plate MGTF from September 2009


    10.09.09





    MG Motor UK Ltd dealers across the UK now have new ’59 plate MGTF models available, including the entry-level TF 135 and the flagship model TF LE500.
    With its classic mid engined rear wheel drive set up the MG TF 135 offers BIG fun at a tiny price of £13,511 OTR. There are 7 stunning colours to choose from including solids, metallics and micatallics.
    The MG TF LE500 comes in six colours with a body colour matched hard top as standard and has luxurious piano black trim, leather seats and chrome detail that give the cabin a sporty and contemporary feel. You also get rear parking sensors, high end stereo, eleven spoke alloy wheels, windstop and unique LE 500 badging for £16,055 OTR.
    Request a test drive in an MG TF now
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    TF 85th Launched

    Post by richardk on Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:08 am

    http://www.mgmotor.co.uk/news-events/news/mg-celebrates-85th-birthday-in-style/

    MG celebrates 85th birthday in style


    24.09.09







    2009 is the 85th anniversary of the iconic MG brand. To celebrate this milestone, MG have developed a brand new limited edition, the MG TF 85th anniversary.
    This exciting new model features:
    • Unique new interior including leather seats
    • 3 distinctive colours
    • New external design - alloy wheels and unique 85th anniversary graphics
    50 vehicles only
    • New suspension and handling package: The best handling TF ever
    • A competitive price of just £15,664 OTR that comes down to only £13,664 with Scrappage allowance.
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    New Looks
    Available in three special colours overlaid with striking graphics and a new design of alloy wheel, from the outside the 85th Anniversary looks sensational. The cabin is stunning too as the specialist graphics continue with monogrammed sill finishers and unique 85th solid aluminium gear knob which complement the stylish new Aubergine leather trim and a high quality ICE system.
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    Best Handling
    The new TF 85th Anniversary model also benefits from a ride and handling package that makes this model the best ever TF to drive. New Bilstein® suspension, Eibach® anti roll bar system, lower ride height, and a modified wheel set up on Rimstock® produced ‘Twisted Pepper’ style wheels give the 85th Anniversary edition exceptional handling at all speeds.
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    Designed to be exclusive with only 50 cars being built, if you want to own one of these stunning new MGs you’ll have to hurry!
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    Find your local dealer now!
    Request your brochure here.


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    Scrappage Scheme Extension

    Post by richardk on Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:05 am

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    Scrappage Scheme Extension


    29.09.09





    The Government has announced their intention to extend the Scrappage Incentive Scheme by providing a further £100 million worth of funding. This means you can continue to claim an amazing £2000 off any new MG TF* and the range starts at an incredible £11,511 OTR when you scrap a qualifying vehicle. Don’t delay however, like the previous budget, the government is operating a when it’s gone it’s gone policy so it is very possible the funding will expire before the end of February 2010.
    Further good news for consumers is the announcement that the qualifying date for scrapped vehicles will be extended from those registered before 31st August 1999 to include those registered before 29th February 2000. These changes will only come in to effect when certain administrative tasks have been completed so please speak to your dealer and they will keep you informed.
    We will update the eligibility criteria here as soon as it is formalised, in the mean time, there is a £2000 discount waiting at a dealer near you if you fulfill the existing Scrappage scheme criteria:
    • Scrap car must be registered before 31st August 1999
    • You must be the registered keeper for at least one year.
    • You must be the registered buyer of the new MG TF
    • Valid MOT (or less than 14 days expired) before you order
    • The dealer will arrange Scrappage
    • Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are excluded.
    * Normal OTR prices:
    MG TF LE500 - £16,055
    MG TF 135 - £13,511
    MG TF 85th Anniversary - £15,664


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    Journalist test drives MG TF 85th Anniversary

    Post by richardk on Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:12 pm

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    Journalist test drives MG TF 85th Anniversary


    02.10.09





    Known throughout the world, MG is regarded with warmth and affection - and even a degree of proprietorial concern from the British motorist, who is always keen to perpetuate tradition. But in today’s twenty first century technological whirlwind, tradition has a hard time of it.

    I was eager to find out what the new £15,664 TF 85th anniversary model was like on the road and particularly wanted to find good things to say about it. I’m naturally warmly inclined towards the historic marque which, against the odds, has survived - unlike many others - a multitude of vicissitudes, been through many a dark tunnel with the threat of extinction looming, but has emerged, one hopes, still smiling, with the sun gleaming on its fresh paintwork.

    I wanted this car to be good, and I suspect you, dear reader, want to be told that the very latest model is the best yet and able to cock a snook at the `wet behind the ears` interlopers in the traditional sportscar market. Current promotional publicity highlights the `fun` factor. How far is this evident? Is `fun` really back?

    My mission was to point the car at every variety of road I could entertain during my short - and if I may say, sweet, without giving the game away - acquaintance. Driving down highways, byways, motorways and country lanes, straightways, twistyways, gradients up and gradients down, the sole purpose was to chase down that elusive elemental quality - joy!

    I was familiar already, as we all are, with the pleasing yet understated appearance of the model. Without resorting to corny retro gimmicks, the smooth design harkens back to former times, while signalling quite decisively that it has all four rubber boots firmly in the twenty first century. Nothing strains for effect and it is all the more effective for it.

    My particular model, resplendent in aubergine, was inviting to the eye from the tip of its neatly tailored hood (Our acquaintance was formed, unfortunately, during an unseasonal downpour) to the firm-footed treads of the purposeful tyres. The eye catches though, through the interstice in the sculptured alloy wheels, a glimpse of scarlet from the hefty disc calipers. The door opens smoothly and the nostrils are assailed by the warm odour of rich leather: this is a solid and reassuring first acquaintance like a firm handshake.

    The cabin seems to me to be `spot on` in its all round appeal and I defy anyone to say they wouldn’t feel at home here. The instrumentation, thankfully, is bereft of modern interplanetary nonsense, so you can absorb all you need to know at a glance. Slide in behind the wheel and its like putting on a comfortable, well made, good quality - shall I say - sports jacket.

    For the timid, there’s the reassurance of solidity and a host of safety factors: for the sporty-minded there’s the immediate message that this is a `place of business`. This is not a `flash boombox`of a car, but its poised so perfectly on the cusp of fashion as to be welcome absolutely anywhere. And it is to its credit that this smart compact machine is robust and willing enough to tackle anything, within reason, that comes its way.

    Start her up and even at standstill the 1.8 mid-sited engine that drives the rear wheels sounds willing, without undue ostentation. As a driver, you find that pedals are well placed and the steering wheel is pleasant to grip. All that remains is to get on with the business of conducting the machine on its way.
    Select the first of the five gears - a satisfying experience in that the chunky lever executes its manoeuvres without fuss: allow the light and positive clutch to take up the drive and - guess what: a smirk begins to form on the lips.

    Let me say that in my view, fun depends on a number of important boxes being ticked very decisively. No fun is to be had, for instance, where excess performance is achieved at the expense of comfort and reliability. (extensive British re-engineering and re-design has more than laid to rest yesteryears gremlins, so reliability should be top notch.). Equally, anodyne respectability will raise no chuckles.

    So - the perfect fun car is one you know is not going to let you down; is not going to be grotesque in appearance; is not going to be as spartan as a night on a bare mountainside and is not going to require the resources of an MP`s expense account at the filling pump. (You`ll get around 36 mpg.) In short it needs to be like an old friend who you can trust, but one with a twinkle in the eye who has a delight or two `up their sleeve` so to speak.

    And my goodness, does the new MG tick all the right boxes. One struggles to find even the most minor fault - and believe me - I am fastidious. When the driving is dull, as on the motorway, the creature comforts keep one quite content: it’s pleasant sitting in comfy seats to feel the road unwind below a chassis that is doing its job unfussily and so successfully.

    On narrow twisty lanes, response to input is immediate and gratifying: there’s no drama. The car goes where you want it to; is nimble on its Goodyear tyres and feels `the complete package`. Handling is so beautifully poised that traction control would be rendered superfluous. This model, with its slightly lower suspension and Bilstein dampers, is on rails. No longer might you be caught out by exciting `lift off` oversteer. You can exploit the handling to the full with no unexpected surprises and there’s benign behaviour at and beyond the limit of grip.

    When driving through heavy rain with standing water on the road the car felt solid and safe - and yet even in those conditions - rewarding to drive. Transform the weather, throw down the suns golden rays, peel back the top, glue down the toupee and it’s another thing entirely: as close as you’ll get to bliss as finding an extra toffee in the corner of the packet.

    Other road users regard you with respect, as someone sensible enough to bet on a sure thing, and on one excursion down a narrow lane, I pulled in close to the hedge to let the oncoming Land Rover pass by. The buxom farmer’s wife might have been admiring the car, but I indulged myself in the thought that I was the focus of her interest.

    As I pressed on - the years having fallen away - I realised that this is what FUN is all about. Perhaps some might say slightly suspect in politically correct terms, but undeniably bracing. I felt like saying `moo` to a goose!

    MG TF motoring can start at the very attractive price of around £13,500 should you choose the `entry level` 135 model (Just £11,500 if you trade in, under the `scrappage scheme) - but forget about `entry level`. This model is an exceptional value package that is the key to the doorway to freedom.

    Just as Cecil Kimber gave cars a more sporting character all those years ago, the tradition lives on. The MG motto `Safety Fast` is as true today as it was then: MG still `Makes it Go!`
    Syd Taylor, Automotive Journalist, Midlands Group of Motoring Writers
    Visit the "What the press say" section and see what other motoring journalists have been saying about the MG TF Model range.

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    Post by patpending on Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:25 pm

    I felt like saying `moo` to a goose!
    Well, that's a USP, and no mistake...

    I say! What's that chappie up to over there?

    Honk, honk, honk, MOO!, honk...

    By Jove! Is he being sponsored by Dr. Seuss?

    No dear, he's one of those rum MG driver coves... Laughing
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    MG Dealer leads local fans for an Anniversary Fun Run

    Post by richardk on Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:29 am

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    MG Dealer leads local fans for an Anniversary Fun Run

    06.10.09


    MG official dealer, Perkins of Rayne, organised a Fun Run event for their local fan base on Sunday, 4th October, 2009 to mark the brand’s 85th anniversary.

    The Fun Run commenced at Perkins’ dealership in Rayne where the new MG TF range was on display for all to view, and the Iced White TF 85th Anniversary took pride of place in the showroom.

    The route set off through the picturesque Essex countryside and participants were instructed to locate clues along the way with the help of a route map. The 40-mile route should have taken two hours to complete, yet those who stopped off at pubs did take slightly longer!

    A BBQ party concluded the event appropriately in the beautiful early autumn afternoon where Sally Dobbins received her well deserved winner’s prize from Perkin’s dealer principal, Andrew Paine.

    Jack Safiruddin, MG Motor UK’s Sales and Aftersales Operations Manager, who took part in the fun run in a Radiant Red TF135 commented: “Superbly organised by Andrew and his team, this event summarises the spirit of MG: history, fun, and open-top motoring all year round. I am sure all participants thoroughly enjoyed the day which further reinforced the strength of the MG brand.”

    Perkins of Rayne currently have a TF LE500 as their demonstrator and can be contacted regarding test drives on 01376 550 899.

    Perkins of Rayne
    Dummore Road
    Rayne, Braintree
    Essex
    CM77 6SA

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    True MG enthusiast takes home a future classic

    Post by richardk on Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:12 am


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    True MG enthusiast takes home a future classic
    16.10.09

    MG official dealer, Jaybee Motors recently handed over the keys of a Cassis MG TF 85th Anniversary to Colin Grant of the MG Car Club in Abingdon.

    A delighted Colin received the keys from Mark Jordan, Jaybee’s MG Salesman. Jaybee have a superb relationship with the MG Car Club, and have worked together closely during the year at events all over the country.

    Colin is a full time employee of the MG Car Club based in Abingdon, close to the site of the original Abingdon works and is passionate about the MG marque, and a real ambassador for the brand.

    John Dauphin, Managing Director of Jaybee Motors said "We are absolutely delighted to have supplied Colin with one of these fantastic cars, and we hope Colin is as pleased as we are with the quality and finish of these stunning vehicles. We could not be happier to see one of these future classics being cherished by an enthusiast such as Colin.”

    Colin said, “I picked up my new TF85 from Jaybee Motors at Bodicote and to say I am pleased is an understatement. The finish and ride is second to none and I can honestly say I am proud to own this car! Please pass on my congratulations to all concerned at MG Motor for producing a first class car.”

    Request a test drive of the latest MG models now.

    Download your brochure here.

    Jaybee Motors
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    Bodicote
    Banbury
    Oxon
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    Tel: 01295 227 100

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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by patpending on Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:40 am

    I didn't know Bodicote was near Banbury! You live and read posts properly.

    Cassis? "Blackcurrant". If this was a true MG fansite I might know it was that attractive deep red colour... but then I can't tell if a Body in Grey is a Rover or an MG...
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    There’s something new at MG for MPH featuring Top Gear Live

    Post by richardk on Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:39 am

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    There’s something new at MG for MPH featuring Top Gear Live
    20.10.09

    And with only 50 of them being built, if you don’t catch them at MPH Featuring Top Gear Live, you may never see one again.

    The exclusive new 85th anniversary MG TF features new exterior styling, new interior styling, new suspension and new wheels and tyres. It will be on display along with the other models in the MG range at Earls Court London and at the NEC Birmingham.

    Guy Jones, Director of Sales & Marketing for MG, said; “We have come a long way since our appearance at last year’s shows with the introduction of two new models. The new 85th anniversary limited edition model, with its distinctive unique colours, body graphics and new ‘Twist of Pepper’ wheels, is marking this milestone for the brand in true MG style”.

    The new MG TF135 means that you can enter the stylish world of mid engined sports cars from just £11,511 until the end of December, (thanks to the reduced VAT and government scrappage scheme). At these prices, the British built MG TF must offer the best fun per pound in the market.

    Both new models can be seen at the show with the highly specified TF LE500, complete with its standard, snug fitting hard top roof, ready for those winter months.

    MPH featuring Top Gear Live

    - Earls Court, London 5th November – 8th November
    - The NEC, Birmingham 12th November – 15th November

    Top Gear Live

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May return with more motoring related mayhem, and following some hastily scribbled diagrams on a napkin, we understand they’ve even gone as far as to commission a stunt of such spectacular proportions it promises to be a world first and possibly last. With the infamous STIG orchestrating a troop of international stunt drivers via a system of whistles and clicks, the Top Gear Live show will continue to define motoring theatre in 2009, and shouldn’t be missed!

    More information on MG at the MPH 09 Show will follow shortly.

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    MG TF Personal Technician Program Success

    Post by richardk on Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:53 am

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    MG TF Personal Technician Program Success


    26.10.09






    Congratulations are in order for Steve Frisby of Victor Wood in Grantham and Warren Bath of Spur Garage in West Molesey.
    Seen on the right analysing MG TF transmission components at the Cecil Kimber College within the MG Manufacturing Plant at Longbridge both Steve and Warren are the first Technicians to complete the final stage of their MG TF Personal Technician training.
    The MG TF Personal Technician Training Program was introduced to coincide with the launch of the MG TF in 2007 offering a new approach to customer service.
    The idea behind the program is to offer the owner of an MG TF their own ‘personal technician’ to create familiarity, dedication and a unique bond between the MG Dealer and the owner.
    The program consists of three 2-day courses covering the Technical Introduction of the MG TF, an in depth System Diagnostic course using the MG Global Diagnostic System and an analytical Mechanical Diagnosis course covering the engine and transmission.
    Warren, seen here on the left assisting Steve to torque a cylinder head on the N Series Engine, said of the MGST 002 Mechanical Diagnosis course, ‘it was great to participate in a hands-on training course. I think you learn a lot more doing the job rather than studying the theory side of things. I think the structure of the course was really good’.
    Jack Safiruddin, Sales and Aftersales Operations Manager at MG quoted, ‘Technical excellence is a key element of MG’s customer service and dealer support and we rely on the expertise and dedication of our Technicians to deliver this experience to our customers. Successful completion the MG Personal Technician Training programme is a great achievement by Steve and Warren.’




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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by patpending on Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:03 am

    Interesting - Spur Garage in West Molesey was not a Rover dealer recently and AFAIK is not an MG dealer now...
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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by Windy on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:17 pm

    patpending wrote:Interesting - Spur Garage in West Molesey was not a Rover dealer recently and AFAIK is not an MG dealer now...
    Maybe that is why they need the training Laughing

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    Post by patpending on Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:10 pm

    Windy wrote:
    patpending wrote:Interesting - Spur Garage in West Molesey was not a Rover dealer recently and AFAIK is not an MG dealer now...
    Maybe that is why they need the training

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    Our Hampton Court branch has full New and Used Car Sales facilities.

    Our extensive new Aftersales facilitiy just down the road in West Molesey is the new home to our Aftersales team. There, our factory trained experts can help you with all service, parts, accessories and repair issues.
    Thanks Windy.

    So I go from being miles and miles from my nearest dealer, which then closed down, to being really close to one!

    So they are in the East Molesey building where Four Seasons used to be - the sales rooms on the ground floor and the workshops on the first!
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    Counting down to MPH featuring TopGear Live at Earl’s Court

    Post by richardk on Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:03 am

    Counting down to MPH featuring TopGear Live at Earl’s Court
    02.11.09


    With the opening day of MPH featuring Top Gear Live at Earl's Court fast approaching, here’s a sneak preview of what we have planned for the MG stand.

    • Please see another view of our stand design image on the right
    where the TF model range will be on display

    • The show will be staffed by an MG factory team, and we will be on hand to:

    o introduce the new generation of the TF to a wide audience from a cross section of the publics
    o answer any question you might have o help check your eligibility for the Scrappage Scheme
    o liaise with our dealers in real time to arrange Test Drives..

    • We will be distributing exclusive TF 85th Anniversary Posters to visitors to our stand.

    • MG Merchandise will be available to view

    • We will be running a free prize draw to win an exclusive piece of MG Merchandise (Terms and Conditions Apply)

    • MG Motor will distribute free fun merchandise to children (and grown up children!) to raise the profile of our stand around the show and the surrounding area – we want to see how many MG bags we can get on the tube from Earls Court at any one time!

    We look forward to meeting you at Earl’s Court and the NEC. In the mean time, please contact us here if you have any queries.

    Full details of our participation at the MPH featuring TopGear Live can be found here.

    £5 off ticket offer

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    MG LIve Blog 1

    Post by richardk on Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:20 pm

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    MG Live Blog 1 - MPH featuring TopGear Live, Earl's Court
    04.11.09


    It is now less than 24 hours until the start of MPH featuring Top Gear Live. The MG team have been on site for the past 48 hours turning our fantastic new stand into a reality.

    Some people think that Motor Shows are all glitz, glamour, fast cars and beautiful women and they are - when they're open. Before that comes a lot of long hours, hard work and some very (very) heavy lifting! The MG team don't mind that one bit as now we can stand back and see the whole TF family on one stage for the first time and we cannot wait to welcome you to MPH over the next fours days in London.

    Here are some of the pictures of the MG stand taking shape - if you want to see it all however, you are going to need to come and visit us at Earls Court! (Oh, alright then, if you insist, we'll put some pictures of the stand and our first day at MPH online sometime tomorrow)
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    MG LIve Blog 2

    Post by richardk on Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:23 pm

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    MG Live Blog 2 - MPH featuring TopGear Live, Earl's Court
    05.11.09

    So after what seemed like weeks of build up MPH (featuring Top Gear Live) is finally underway. Has it been worth the wait? You bet it has. At 4.45 hundreds of people queued round the side of the vast Earls Court Exhibition Centre and as the clock struck 5, the gates were opened and the crowd began to flood in.

    With over two hours before the Top Gear live show, there was really only one place to be and we were soon doing what we do best – talking to people about MG and the three TFs on show at our great new stand - have a look at these photographs taken just before the show opened.

    We met former owners, current owners, people whose parents were owners – one thing seems to be for sure, everyone knows someone who has had an MG and they had just one main message – ‘it is so great to see you back!’

    Buoyed by such fantastic support we set about signing people up to our newsletter and providing details of local dealers so people can get that all important Test Drives. With the 85th anniversary edition disappearing from dealers fast and the 135 attracting huge attention due to the fantastic price, you had better get down to Earls Court for yourself and see what all the fuss is about. We look forward to meeting you later on this weekend.

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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by patpending on Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:17 am

    Some people think that Motor Shows are all glitz, glamour, fast cars and beautiful women and they are - when they're open.

    so is E de la H there? Wink
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    Blog Number 3

    Post by richardk on Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:03 pm

    http://www.mgmotor.co.uk/news-events/news/mg-live-blog-3/

    MG Live Blog 3 - MG complete the first lap at MPH


    08.11.09






    After four days, thirty seven hours and tens of thousands of people, the doors have finally closed for another year on the Earls Court MPH show (yes, still featuring Top Gear Live).
    To say that we have had a great time really is an understatement. When the MG Marketing team decamped from Longbridge on Wednesday we knew that we had a great stand, great products and were looking forward to sharing it with the people of London (and Scotland, and Australia, and the USA and Egypt and ….. you get the point) but we could only have dreamed of receiving such a fantastic reception.
    We have been totally overwhelmed by the huge numbers of visitors to the MG stand and at times over the weekend even six members of the team was not enough to talk to everyone who wanted to chat about the brand, the TF and share their stories about their own MG experience.
    Hundreds of people have asked to be kept up to date with latest news from MG by signing up for our regular e-newsletter (click here to register and join them) and many more have taken details of their local dealer so that they can act quickly and get themselves into a car before the VAT increase kicks in and the Scrappage funds run dry. The new 85th Anniversary edition drew a great reception and a number of people took details of dealers from further afield simply because they had availability of one of the few remaining cars in their colour of choice.
    We have had a great time in London and can’t wait to start over when we come home to Birmingham for the NEC show next week. If you didn’t make it to Earls Court (a decision more baffling than a Rafa Benetiz team selection) then there is still a chance to come and be part of the fun. Now if you’ll excuse us, the MG team are off to lie down in a darkened room until next Wednesday when we rev up again for more fun in the West Midlands…

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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by patpending on Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:13 pm

    Rafa Benetiz? Didn't she sing "Love is a Battlefield?" Laughing
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    MG Live Blog 4

    Post by richardk on Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:19 pm

    http://www.mgmotor.co.uk/news-events/news/mg-live-blog-4/

    MG Live Blog 4 - Let’s go around again!


    12.11.09





    Well, it seems like less than half an hour since we closed the doors on the London show but Thursday has come around already and MG have embarked on the next lap of the MPH circuit at the NEC. Whilst we all loved our time in the Bright Lights of London, there’s no denying that it is nice to be home (we don’t normally get let out of Birmingham and rumours that three members of the MG were disappointed when they learnt that the streets of London were not actually paved with gold were unconfirmed at the time of writing).
    So what is new for the NEC? Well, we have the same great stand but with a nice new location and the MG team have been doing our bit for cross manufacturer relations by getting to know our new neighbours and very nice they are too.
    We have had another great start with more people asking to join the MG newsletter register in the first hour and a half on Thursday at the NEC than during the whole first day at Earls Court – and we thought we were doing well there! The 85th anniversary edition continues to generate great interest and we have had to produce a new handout for this show to let prospective owners know the locations of the few remaining cars whilst the Black LE 500, with the newly specified silver alloys, continues to draw much interest as the ‘winter’ MG thanks to the body coloured hard top.
    The MPH theme of universal love for the MG brand has continued in Birmingham and with the Classic Car show opening tomorrow to supplement MPH, we expect to meet many more people with an MG story to share as well as having the pleasure of welcoming a number of our colleagues from Longbridge to prove to them, once and for all, that shows are actually really quite hard work*
    (* having fun and working hard are not mutually exclusive alright?)
    If you haven’t had chance to come and see us so far, there are three more fun packed days to come so get on down to the NEC, you won’t be disappointed.

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    MG LIve Blog No 5

    Post by richardk on Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:41 am

    http://www.mgmotor.co.uk/news-events/news/MG-live-blog-5/

    MG Live Blog 5 - The MPH finishing line is in sight


    15.11.09






    With only half an hour left until MPH featuring Top Gear Live 09 closes its doors to the public, there are still hundreds of car enthusiasts lingering around NEC’s Hall 5.
    What a fantastic time we have had on the MG stand over the last couple of weeks at Earl’s Court and the NEC. Here’s a quick summary from the Shows:

    • Over 1,000 MG fans signed up to our e-newsletter and entered the free MG prize draw we have been running.
    • We have handed out thousands of brochures, badges, balloons, stickers, pens, and posters.
    • The MG sales and marketing team have lost their voices after talking to so many visitors to the stand…

    The newly launched TF 85th Anniversary designed to celebrate the marquee’s 85-year history has attracted a huge amount of attention, while the well equipped LE500 seems to have been the motorists’ favourite with the winter months approaching thanks to its body-coloured hard top.
    Not to mention TF 135’s compelling pricing - this is a typical conversation we have had over and over again over the last two weeks:
    “What is the price for the TF135?”
    “£13,511 on the road or £11,511 with Scrappage, Sir/Madam*” (*delete as appropriate)”
    “REALLY??!!”
    We have honestly enjoyed chatting to the thousands of visitors and well-wishers who have taken a keen interest in our cars, although at times it was difficult to hold a conversation with the Top Gear gang revving up a little too loudly in the theatre behind us.
    Bye, bye Clarkson, May and Hammond - see you next year!

    ..
    Missed the MPH show? Find an official MG dealer near you here to view the MG TF range.

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    MG Motor Opens U.K. Design Studio

    Post by MartinZT on Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:13 am

    Hi, first post here, and what I think is positive news for a change.

    MG Motor Opens U.K. Design Studio

    Published Nov 17, 2009
    BIRMINGHAM, England — It may be owned by China's Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation, but MG Motor still has British blood running through it. The proof: The company is getting a new design studio at its factory here.
    The new studio will serve the 200-strong design and engineering staff of the company for the MG and Roewe brands, both of which are owned by SAIC, China's largest car producer. Roewe is the relabeled Rover, since Land Rover retained the rights to the Rover nameplate.
    The studio will be the lead engineering center for SAIC's own-brand products worldwide and for all MG and Roewe products. The team has already contributed substantially to the development of the Ford Focus-sized Roewe 550 and is creating an MG version of the same car.
    Roewe already sits atop the J.D. Power China Sales Satisfaction Index, which has been in existence for 10 years. The brand scored 851 points out of 1,000, ahead of Audi (848), Dongfeng Peugeot (842), BMW (837), Mercedes (837) and Buick (835). The average score for all brands was 822 points.
    The MG Motor engineering center is located on the site of the Longbridge, U.K. factory, which until recently was making the 14-year-old MG TF sports car. That model's production has halted until next spring. The plant still has three assembly lines, all of them regularly maintained, leading to strong speculation that the company will restart mass production at the site, even if on a modest scale. However, these plans have yet to be confirmed.
    Inside Line says: SAIC is one of China's leading players and has a more substantial European presence than many presume. That may result in its launching into Europe soon. — Richard Bremner, Correspondent
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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by Windy on Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:24 am

    MartinZT wrote:Hi, first post here, and what I think is positive news for a change.
    ...

    Welcome Martin,

    And thanks for the news Smile

    That certanly does sound positive, although slightly confusing as "MG-Motor UK" and the Longbridge "SAIC Technical Centre" are normally treated as seperate companies.

    When quoting articles, could you include the web address of the source please.

    Thanks,
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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by MartinZT on Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:27 am

    Thanks, Windy, and sorry if I posted in the wrong place.
    I had meant to include the source link but for some reason when I tried to post originally I kept getting an error.
    Here it is anyway.
    http://www.insideline.com/saic/mg-motor-opens-uk-design-studio.html
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    Re: News from MG MOTOR UK Ltd

    Post by Windy on Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:43 am

    It's probably not in quite the right place so don't be supprised if it moves, but practice makes perfect... and good news is always welcome Smile

    Having followed the link I can now see that it is an American view rather than a news article from MG themselves.

    Edit: or at least a view that a British author thinks the Americans would like to read!
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    International launch of all new MG

    Post by richardk on Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:13 pm

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    International launch of all new MG


    23.11.09







    MG Motor is proud to announce today, the international launch of the MG6, the first all new MG motor car since the launch of the MGF sports car.
    Guy Jones, Sales and Marketing Director for MG Motor UK said, “This is a milestone day for the iconic MG brand and for the UK automotive industry. MG has begun the international launch of an all new model that has been designed and engineered here in the UK, for the global automotive market. Currently we only build and sell the mid-engined TF sports car here in the UK, but we can now look forward to expanding the range of MG products.”
    The launch takes place at the Guangzhou Auto show in China and is the beginning of an exciting new global future for the MG brand. The launch in China, the world’s largest automotive market begins the international roll out of sales of MG6 which includes the UK. Sales in China will begin in January and plans for the UK and other markets will be released during 2010.
    It was also announced today that production of MG6 for the China market will begin at the brand new state of the art factory in Lingang, China in December 2009. It is also planned to commence production of MG6 at the Birmingham plant in the UK before the end of 2010.
    The world famous MG brand has never had such a bright future as it starts to expand global sales with an exciting new range of products.
    About the MG6
    The MG6 is a sporting five seat fastback model, designed to capture the character of the MG brand and bring something different to the volume market.

    Specifications for the UK and European markets will be released at a later date.
    MG Brand Corporate Identity
    The MG6 proudly displays a new modernised version of the famous MG octagon badge for the first time. This new design is planned to carry forward on to all new MG models. This new branding features in the new corporate identity for the launch in China which also uses the Morris Garages naming. This reflects the pride in the history of the brand, the need to communicate this in new markets and is a clear differentiator for the MG brand.


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    The MG Softshell Jacket – the perfect Christmas treat

    Post by richardk on Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:14 pm

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    The MG Softshell Jacket – the perfect Christmas treat


    02.12.09





    The MG TF range attracted a huge amount of interest at the MPH featuring Top Gear Live shows last month; the other star on the MG stand was the sleek Black softshell jackets worn by the MG event staff. Many car enthusiasts asked “Are these jackets on sale?”
    The great news is – yes, they are available now from your local MG dealer.
    The windbreaker jacket is breathable and shower proof with soft shell outer and fleece lining. With MG logo embroidered on the left, the jacket features zippered front pockets, a large inside pocket, Velcro cuffs and adjustable drawstring. The ladies version finishes with a chic fitted cut.
    As a versatile piece of outdoor clothing, this high quality MG jacket would make a perfect Christmas gift that delivers warmth in style and relays the true MG spirit in the festival season.
    Find your nearest dealer here to order your very own MG Softshell Jacket. (SRP - £75)
    Other items of exciting official MG merchandise available at your local dealer are:
    • Ladies fitted t-shirts in White, Black & Grey
    • Gents t-shirts in White, Black & Grey
    • Ladies fitted polo shirt in White, Black & Grey
    • Gents polo shirts in White, Black & Grey
    • Baseball caps in Grey and Black
    • Collectable key rings



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