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Chris M Wanted a V-10

MG car production to cease in the UK

Kind-of-inevitable, I suppose.
Very sad in some ways, especially for those who will lose their jobs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37449289
Roadsterstu

I would respectfully suggest that Prof. David Bailey, if that is the sum of his analysis, is talking a little bit of shit.

And 25 redundancies, whilst not ideal, is hardly horrific.

And what the fuck is the MG GS? I've never heard of it!
Humphrey The Pug

We dumped our MG franchise a couple of months ago.

All that was done at Longbridge was to finish the production, to give the cars a "built in Britain" tag, the cars were virtually built when they arrived, needing very little finishing and then they were shipped back out to wherever they were destined for.

Brexit vote my arse, it just wasn't cost effective.
Frank Bullitt

Yes, I suspect those 25 people are actually employed with a chamois and sponge, the technical bit might be putting a badge on.

Always was a cynical exercise in 'Britishness'
gooner

Agree with the above. It is a shame to see production finish at Longbridge but, as has already been intimated, production really finished in 2005. The latest models just cannot compete with Europes mediocre let alone Europes best models. I'm sure they're fine for other markets but not ours as they stand.

Although oddly Dacia seem to get away with it but perhaps starting from Renault models not Chinese SAIC plus a bit of clever marketing is what is needed at this end of the market.

Another factor is probably the rising cost of new homes in that part of Birmingham. Longbridge is sitting on some prime land and building a few new houses on the site will probably make someone a few quid.
Humphrey The Pug

gooner wrote:
Although oddly Dacia seem to get away with it but perhaps starting from Renault models not Chinese SAIC plus a bit of clever marketing is what is needed at this end of the market.


I think Dacia get away with it because they don't try too hard and are being honest, plus the dealer network is large and they are aligned to an already well known and respected brand, all mechanicals are proven and they are reliable work horses.

The MG's are shocking, we dumped the franchise over the summer as we had no back up, no help, there was no marketing and MG didn't have a clue what to do and just resorted to blaming dealers, the cars are unreliable, the engines are shit and the build is crap.

I think they are only in the UK to help them sell in China, the Chinese love all things British, MG don't ultimately care about the UK.
Frank Bullitt

gooner wrote:
Although oddly Dacia seem to get away with it but perhaps starting from Renault models not Chinese SAIC plus a bit of clever marketing is what is needed at this end of the market.


I can't see the comparrison - Dacia sell a decent product at a hugely competitive price with all the marketing and support that owners want - Dacia do an awful lot, for example, to support the owners club events. The mechanicals are tried and tested plus they have access to Renaults up to date tech (0.9tce for example) - I can't say I want one, but they've got a great market. MG are poor product by all accounts with development at odds with Europe.[/u]
Sav

There was an MG GS at the London Motor Show earlier this year; it was the global launch for it, apparently. How thrilled I was. It was simply horrible inside; scratchy, cheap plastics everywhere and the most horrible-feeling faux leather. Honestly, who would pick that over a Qashqai?

They also stopped selling the MG 6 in the UK earlier this year, I particularly mourned that loss.
Roadsterstu

There was a repeat of some TV quiz show on a few days ago and the star prize was a yellow MG3. If I'd won that I might have been tempted to say, "no thank you."
PG

Roadsterstu wrote:
I would respectfully suggest that Prof. David Bailey, if that is the sum of his analysis, is talking a little bit of shit.


Quite.

They always just did a bit of final assembly to wave the British flag. I think it was a tragedy that the MG name was sold to the Chinese. It was the end at that point.
Grampa

Frank Bullitt wrote:
[Dacia do an awful lot, for example, to support the owners club events


There's a Dacia owners' club??!!

Now don't get me wrong they are a decent bit of kit - I was pleasantly surprised when I had to drive my BIL's Duster - but people enthusiastic enough about them to start a club?
Humphrey The Pug

Grampa wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
[Dacia do an awful lot, for example, to support the owners club events


There's a Dacia owners' club??!!

Now don't get me wrong they are a decent bit of kit - I was pleasantly surprised when I had to drive my BIL's Duster - but people enthusiastic enough about them to start a club?


Dacia has a fantastic following; almost a cult following, given some of the odd balls that buy them I can quite well believe that there is an owners club and most likely a thriving one too.
Grampa

Takes all sorts - BIL - the owner of the one I drove simply bought it to save fishing rods and sandy wellies ruining the inside of his Toyota GT86.

It's since been replaced with an end of line Kia Sportage.
scamper

gooner wrote:


Another factor is probably the rising cost of new homes in that part of Birmingham. Longbridge is sitting on some prime land and building a few new houses on the site will probably make someone a few quid.


The MG `plant' is dwarfed by the new massive M&S.  

The ground covered by the old Rover plant was huge.  There has been much regeneration already but there are still  ripe for development plots.  A fair amount of housing has already gone up, including public sector owned, having lived in one.

Thing is, its in quite a potentially desirable location.  Surrounded by some crap areas but right on the edge of West Birmingham and the posh rural villages as Barnt Green.
Boxer6

Roadsterstu wrote:
There was a repeat of some TV quiz show on a few days ago and the star prize was a yellow MG3. If I'd won that I might have been tempted to say, "no thank you."


Followed a '66-plate white example of this into work today.

Yes, someone has actually spent money on one, in some form or other!
PhilD

scamper wrote:


The ground covered by the old Rover plant was huge.  There has been much regeneration already but there are still  ripe for development plots.  A fair amount of housing has already gone up, including public sector owned, having lived in one.

Thing is, its in quite a potentially desirable location.  Surrounded by some crap areas but right on the edge of West Birmingham and the posh rural villages as Barnt Green.


The government should build a new town there. As a nod and the areas car building heritage and to showcase our world leading role in technology all the vehicles should be autonomous. Tie in/sponsorship/ambassadorship can come from a car mag.

It will be called Autocar Town.
Frank Bullitt

To be fair, if they want to nod to Longbridge's past they should simply get all the local dogs out in unison to take a massive dump in the middle of the street.
Blarno

Frank Bullitt wrote:
To be fair, if they want to nod to Longbridge's past they should simply get all the local dogs out in unison to take a massive dump in the middle of the street.




Or bring back 3 day weeks and churn out third rate rusty shit heaps.

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