MG back in production at Longbridge

The Longbridge plant in Birmingham has just rolled out the first new MG in sixteen years, and sales chief Guy Jones says they’re aiming at 3,000 sales this year and “tens of thousands” in years to come.  Just six years ago the plant closed down and 6,500 jobs were lost, so this is very good news for the area’s automobile industry.
The MG6 is being called a ‘sports fastback’ and has a 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine that can blast the car from stop to 60mph in 8.4 seconds, with a top speed of 120mph.  It will presumably be competing with others like the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.  The current model is being built with body shells and engines made in China by SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation), now the owner of MG.
Though the MG6 is ‘made in China’, it was designed and engineered at Longbridge, and it is expected that as the MG name is re-established in the U.K. more of its parts will be built locally.
Longbridge is the oldest car plant in Britain and in its heyday employed more than 16,000 people.  Currently about 400 are working at the Birmingham site, but the hope is that this is a major step towards bringing the automobile industry back to the West Midlands.