Production of MG cars is to cease at its Longbridge plant in England later this year, writes Brian Byrne, ending a UK manufacturing of the brand that goes back to its inception in 1923.
The MG3, the only model now coming from Longbridge, will in future be built completely in China by the marque’s owner SAIC Motor. Current production of the car in the UK is limited to adding powertrains and lights to already-built cars brought in from China. None of the recent models from MG have been sold in Ireland.
Ownership of the MG brand went to China following the collapse of MG Rover in 2005.
A design and development centre will be retained in Longbridge.