MG cars roll off historic British production line once more

MG cars are rolling off an historic British production line in Birmingham once more.

MG cars are rolling off the historic Longbridge factory production line in Birmingham, UK, for the first time since MG Rover went bust three years ago.

The plant's Chinese owner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) is selling the new MG TFmodel in Britain later this month. 

SAIC hopes to produce several hundred MG TFs this year, and one source said that Longbridge is earmarked to become the company's UK technical centre and to produce a second new model at the plant.

Ian Pogson, the principal quality engineer for the company in the UK, said the next vehicle could be an MG version of SAIC's recent Roewe saloon car made in China. 

SAIC, one of China's biggest car makers, acquired the Longbridge plant only last year when it took over a Chinese rival, Nanjing Automobile. Nanjing had bought some of MG Rover's assets after its collapse in 2005.

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