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  • MG's Icon crossover concept.

    The old MG car company is best known for its lightweight, open-topped sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s, but since 2006 the brand has been owned by Chinese firm SAIC. Now, SAIC has plans to return MG to its sports car heyday—and could even bring cars to the U.S., if conditions are right. American drivers of a certain age have fond memories of the MG car brand. Its popularity exploded—along with other British sports car brands—in the years after World War II. As thousands of G.I.s returned home after the war, they brought with them memories of driving Britain's lightweight...

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    Chinese Team SAIC Wins Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge

    A Chinese team from SAIC Motors has been declared winner of the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, for its Roewe Mobiliant design. Hosted each year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, design houses from all around the world submit futuristic and unusual vehicles based around a central theme. This...

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    First New MG Model In 16 Years Goes Into Production In England

    The long, sad, failure-ridden story of what used to be England's auto industry has filled many books, and drained many pints of both ale and oil. But next Wednesday, a new car will roll off the lines of the former Austin factory in Longbridge, England, headed for showrooms later this year. The new...

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    Negative-Emissions Vehicle Concept From China's SAIC: A Plant On Wheels!

    There is a major difference between cars and plants, and it's the driving factor behind the "green" trends in the automotive industry today. By nature, plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atomsphere, and release oxygen. This is good. This is how the ecosystem is supposed to work. Plants like...

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    Report: MG Planning Three New Models

    A few years back there was a flood of news about MG planning a raft of new models together with its Chinese parent company Shanghai Automotive (SAIC). However, since the release of the rejuvenated TF LE500 roadster, MG has largely fell off the radar. We now have some breaking news on MG, with...

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    Chinese bureaucrats cause a ruffle by approving Mercedes and BMW cars for government use

    China is now the single biggest market in the world for new cars but that doesn’t mean the government is slowing down on the purchase of cars for its official fleets. While this usually would not be worthy of reporting, the fact that the Chinese government has approved luxurious Mercedes Benz...

  • MG TF

    Chronicling MG's path through the last decade is tough enough, and delving further back borders on the arcane, but under SAIC's ownership, the line of British-built roadsters has been brought back to life, starting with the currently-available TF LE-500, and soon to be joined by an updated version of the TF 135. Those familiar with MG's UK operations will remember the TF 135 model name, and the vast majority of the car itself, from 2005, when MG was still MG Rover, before it was bought out by the Chinese. The car rejoining the British market is largely the same - it looks essentially...

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    Roewe prepping N1 Concept for Shanghai Auto Show

    Just a couple weeks ago, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) revealed new details about their upcoming MG lineup of cars, and now Roewe, also owned by SAIC, has let slip a few teaser sketches of its upcoming N1 Concept for the Shanghai Auto Show. Little is known about the N1 thus far...

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    MG6 Concept headed to Shanghai Auto Show

    With all the commotion of this week’s New York Auto Show, it’s easy to forget that April is also the month of the Shanghai Auto Show. One of the local highlights planned for the upcoming event has just been previewed, the MG6 grand tourer concept. While most Chinese carmakers have so...

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    New Details On SAIC's Upcoming MG Models

    The long-awaited resurrection of MG in the UK finally got underway late last year with the construction of MG TF roadsers at the Longbridge, UK plant. Last September SAIC announced it would be expanding the MG lineup with three new cars, and now the company has revealed the first will be coming by...

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    Report: Chinese government gives Chery Auto approval for Volvo acquisition

    Ford is having trouble offloading its failing Volvo subsidiary but the company is determined to sell it and has already started approaching potential buyers in spite of the tough economic conditions. The Blue Oval has been in talks with a number of potential suitors in the recent past, and the...

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    Detroit 3 looking to Asia for brand sales

    Tough times are a unifying theme of the economic and sales reports of the last six months, especially in the car industry. Finding ways to pull itself up by the bootstraps is proving harder than imagined by some, but the effort is pushing the Detroit 3 to consider a window of opportunity in Asia...

  • SsangYong C200 Crossover Concept

    Despite the attractive new C200 crossover concept debuted at last year's Paris Motor Show, the successful Rexton production SUV and the new-for-2008 Chairman W luxury sedan, South Korea's SsangYong has revealed that it is entering court receivership to avoid being forced into bankruptcy. The global slump in car sales hit the carmaker hard in every market, pushing down share values by 77% over the last 12 months. The company had previously cut wages by 30%, reduced output and received a $45 million cash injection from China's SAIC, which owns 51% of SsangYong. Even with those steps taken, it...

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    Ford refuses to comment on talks with Chinese firms over Volvo sale

    Earlier this week reports emerged that Ford was in talks with Chinese carmakers Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and Changan Auto over a potential sale of Volvo. The Blue Oval has now confirmed that the struggling Swedish carmaker is up for sale but refused to comment on whether...

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    Volvo lays off 2,700 workers, in sale talks with China's SAIC

    Labor negotiations between Volvo and Sweden's auto worker union have come to a close today, resulting in the termination of 2,721 emloyees, the vast majority of which are blue collar workers. The layoffs come as Ford has engaged Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) in talks to buy the...

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    Spy shots: Roewe SUV based on the SsangYong Kyron

    We haven’t heard much about Chinese carmaker Roewe since the launch of the 750 sedan back in 2006. Roewe is a subsidiary of fellow Chinese carmaker Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), and initially started selling vehicles built from old Rover designs – the 75 sedan and 25...

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