UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:01 am

    Mew MG3 website is already up - and it works! 

    http://mg.co.uk/mg3/personalise/

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    Post by Morris Motors on Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:04 am

    Well I don't know about you lot, but I've spotted my first typo!
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:48 am


    Core MG3s likely to cost from £10,000 to £12,500
    Three trims, 10 colours and lots of personalisation
    On sale from October

    MG will offer three trims, but the sub-£10,000 entry-level model will come with a very limited equipment roster.
    Source: http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/mg3-aims-for-sub-10-000-price/266007

    October, well it's getting closer!
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:55 am




    Performance and price details are being kept strictly under wraps until the car is launched in September but it will include DAB radio, hill start assist and easy to operate air conditioning.

    Cars are currently made at the vast factory in Lanjing, China – largely equipped with machinery from the old MG Rover plant – and UK vehicles are transported by container for reassembly and testing at Longbridge.


    Source: http://www.expressandstar.com/lifestyle/motors/2013/06/12/mg-unveils-new-super-mini-at-longbridge/

    DAB - they have listened to Patpending Very Happy

    Lanjing - maybe they thought nobody would know the difference, it is of course Lingang Rolling Eyes Although the MG Rover robots are at Nanjing, maybe that is what they meant, but they build 350s not MG3s or MG6s.

    "reassembly" implies that they are assembled twice, that would be stupid Evil or Very Mad

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:15 am

    October - well that is *very* late summer isn't it...Laughing
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:16 am

    Morris Motors wrote:October - well that is *very* late summer isn't it...Laughing
    Must have forecast an indian summer again rabbit

    The second quote does say launched in September which is late summer, just not on sale until Oct.
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:12 am

    I see that if you want an MG3, the procedure is not to go to your dealer or to arrange a test drive via your local dealer, instead it is done direct with MG Motor:


    Be one of the first in the queue to get your very own personalised MG3!
    You can now pre-order your MG3 by placing a fully refundable £100 deposit on your desired car.
    Fill out the form below and our onsite MG Sales Centre will contact you shortly to take your deposit over the phone.

    http://mg.co.uk/mg3/order-now/

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    Post by Morris Motors on Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:44 am

    Tightly controlling this at first obviously. It also means that when they approach a new dealer they can open an existing order book as a sweetner?

    In other news they have already corrected the typo I spotted earlier! There's still the small matter of 'oramge' in the colour chart, but it shows they're checking and trying to get things right. Finally...
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:25 pm

    Morris Motors wrote:There's still the small matter of 'oramge' in the colour chart, but it shows they're checking and trying to get things right. Finally...
    Try refreshing your browser....

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:17 pm

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by patpending on Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:20 pm

    Gone now...
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:22 am


    I was looking at: http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/8748/coloursandgraphics.jpg - wonder where that version came from rabbit

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:53 am

    The version I originally saw had 'MOC OCT' and 'ORAMGE'. They've fixed the 'MOC' to 'MOD' but not the other one yet.
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by patpending on Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:28 am

    Morris Motors wrote:The version I originally saw had 'MOC OCT' and 'ORAMGE'. They've fixed the 'MOC' to 'MOD' but not the other one yet.
    link? BasketballBasketballbouncebounce
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    ITV NEWS coverage

    Post by patpending on Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:35 am

    http://www.itv.com/news/central/story/2013-06-11/mg-unveil-new-model/

    Eat your heart out, Gary Hagen - people talking in front of a brand new design from Longbridge assembled there too!

    Underlying video:

    https://vimeo.com/68243428


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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Roverman on Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:57 am

    First time I've been on TV Very Happy
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:17 am

    patpending wrote:http://www.itv.com/news/central/story/2013-06-11/mg-unveil-new-model/

    Eat your heart out, Gary Hagen - people talking in front of a brand new design from Longbridge assembled there too!

    "diminutive" meaning just about small enough to fit in Pat's garage where a large MG ZS currently lives?!

    That was a well presented piece of video Very Happy

    Not a Clarkson in sight Twisted Evil

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:24 am

    patpending wrote:
    Morris Motors wrote:The version I originally saw had 'MOC OCT' and 'ORAMGE'. They've fixed the 'MOC' to 'MOD' but not the other one yet.


    link? BasketballBasketballbouncebounce
     Post 40 above!

    Also this version is live today and seems to be back to two errors? 

    http://mg.co.uk/files/2013-06-23/colours_and_graphics.jpg

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:27 am

    Roverman wrote:First time I've been on TV Very Happy
     Are you Guy Jones?Laughing

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Roverman on Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:57 am

    Morris Motors wrote:
    Roverman wrote:First time I've been on TV Very Happy


     Are you Guy Jones?Laughing
    Nope but I'm there Wink
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by patpending on Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:18 pm

    CCT's take - they need some convincing!

    http://www.chinacartimes.com/2013/06/just-for-fun-mg3-launched-in-the-uk/

    First impressions of the MG3 are good, but in no respect is the car cutting edge in the immensely competitive Supermini section.  The styling is trying to be youthful and trendy, but at the same time it is saddled with a practical, yet boxy bodyshell.  This could be considered a USP, but it doesn’t feel it.  The biggest issue that will hinder the cars sales success is the miniscule dealer network.  Plans are said to be afford that will see this increased to a much need 100 over the next two years.  Indeed at this very event, national dealer groups were being courted into taking on MG franchises.

    MG refused to answer any further questions relating to the sales and marketing budget for the car, other than to say there wouldn’t be a TV advertising campaign for it. They did admit however, that they’ve been holding off marketing spend until the MG3 is launched to the public.

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:56 pm

    Well, the author of that isn't from a very MG-friendly website!
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:13 pm

    Morris Motors wrote:Well, the author of that isn't from a very MG-friendly website!




    That could be something to do with being banned from more friendly ones Wink


    The engine is the new (to us Brits) 1.5 16 valve unit feature variable valve timing on the inlet values.  Such an engine is large for its class and anticipated demographic although the car won’t be over powered with just 105ps available. 


    The exhaust "values" also have variable cam timing.

    At least he didn't complain about spelling and grammar errors on their website Laughing
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by patpending on Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:29 pm

    Morris Motors wrote:Well, the author of that isn't from a very MG-friendly website!




    Oh! I was surprised when Ash used an anti-MG term earlier this year - that might explain it...

    Actually, that quote about "no TV advertising" has been picked up and repeated and was credible to me because it was on CCT. Has their objectivity been compromised?

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:20 am

    Well, the contributors post on each other's sites. I suppose when something happens in the UK, CCT need someone to be there and do a write up so that's who they turn to.
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Windy on Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:01 am

    Morris Motors wrote:Well, the contributors post on each other's sites. I suppose when something happens in the UK, CCT need someone to be there and do a write up so that's who they turn to.
    Mr Ash CCT does visit the UK occasionally but obviously not for every MG event.  I'm sure the quotes will be accurate even if the reporter does see things on the glass 95% empty side from time to time!

    Of course there is still plenty of time to change their mind on advertising but the sales probably need to show some potential before they commit to a large advertising spend.

    I'm not sure that their target audience for the MG3 often watches Coronation Street anyway, is TV advertising really the best way these days?


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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:03 am

    Looking at the AutoExpress article for different quotes: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mg/mg3/64462/mg-aiming-high-new-mg3#ixzz2W7hBSz52

    Guy Jones says the firm is “in no hurry to make mistakes”. Sort your bloody typos out then!

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:06 am

    Plus this is good: "The single engine is a 104bhp 1.5-litre petrol motor: MG admits it is on the large side for the supermini sector but is hard at work in its on-site engine calibration lab to optimise economy and emissions. “We can tune it for torquey drivability which will give us more flexibility on CO2,” an MG engine guru told us.
    He admitted the 135hp turbo version of the engine would fit but said there are currently no plans to do so. “But we could look at it if the market demanded,” he teased. A three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol turbo, jointly developed with GM, will also arrive later. There are no plans for a diesel."
    Well frankly I think all the forums are 'demanding' that 135hp engine! Get to it!
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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by patpending on Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:16 pm

    Morris Motors wrote:Well frankly I think all the forums are 'demanding' that 135hp engine! Get to it!

    Yes, the forums.

    They also demand 20" wheels, 48 spoilers, 33g CO2 and a price of £5,000... but I want more oomph myself. I wonder where MGUK get their market data?

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    Re: UK MG3 unveiled Birmingham 12 June 2013

    Post by Morris Motors on Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:59 pm

    ha!

    There is a serious point though - economies of scale or not, the buying public like choice. Every review for the car will include the phrase "only one engine option" and that is a negative, however good that engine might be. Both the MG3 and MG6 seem to try and offer as much as they can without committing to the sporty image. Its sporty but very versatile with 5 doors and a huge boot, it's got a very flexible engine that combines economy and (modest) performance etc. It's a laudable middle road, but MG should maybe be one thing or the other.

    For instance the ZR range was a 105 to a 160, and that's what's driving the demand for options; it's not just what the market seems to want, but it's also what MG drivers are used to.

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