• Aug 26, 2008
Blame gas prices. Blame the housing market. Blame the dollar for being worth much less than it was in 2005. But ultimately, you'll probably need to blame the Chinese for the total lack of MGs being sold in the U.S.

Despite initial plans by MG's new owner, Nanjing Automobile Group Corp., to sell a U.S. version of the TF roadster, the company now says conditions are just wrong here in the States. "The U.S.A. isn't on the short-term radar as an anticipated market for us, but with the right product, it would be good to return there," Gary Hagen, marketing director of NAC MG, says in a story on Austin Rover Online. Of course, with the car also goes any hopes of a U.S. assembly plant in Oklahoma. The final twist of the knife is Hagen killing any hope of the company shipping Chinese-made kits to the U.S. for assembly.

Buck up, MG fans. You've waited 20 years. What's another 20? Right?

[Source: Austin Rover Online via Automotive News]


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      Nancy
      • 6 Years Ago
      Brings back wonderful memories of my brand new MGB purchased in 1979. What wonderful times we had riding around in it!!!!!!
      Dean
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's good news indeed. MG is the most unreliable car I ever had the displeasure of encountering. It was fun to drive when it ran though. My brother had an MG Midget and we pulled the engine 2-3 times a year to replace the clutch. It had the worst electrical eystem I ever saw in my life. Heaven forbid it was driven in the rain, everything shorted out. Countless hours stranded by the side of the road got old fast. No thanks, they can keep piece of trash in China.
      gene
      • 6 Years Ago
      I worked on a lot of MGs. from the early sedans thru the TCs TDs TFs MGAs MGBs
      PLEASE, keep them in China.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it's not so easy to bring another brand to North America.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably not. The dealer network is probably the toughest part. Most dealer groups are hurting right now and there doesn't seem to be much incentive IMO to build new showrooms just for this brand. And they probably don't want to be dueled with anything else so it really doesn't leave much room for just a handful of cars. Because Tata owns LR the obvious solution just probably couldn't happen having them sold at current LR dealers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...but with the right product" is exactly right is marketing speak for our products are years away from passing any sort of European or American safety crash tests. Or put another way, our testing indicates that our products would have failed most if not all crash tests and resulted in embarrassing and horrifying videos of said tests being posted to YouTube.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wrong. The MGTF was being sold in Europe before MG was given away.

        I suspect the reason the TF isn't going to make it is because it's too old. Nanjing must be kicking themselves for not cloning the MX-5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The USA already has enough near bankrupt car companies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would be willing to bet that there are enough MG owners in the U.S. that would be interested in buying at least a kit of the new MG to put together themselves. There are thousands of guys (and women) who still own and cherish their vintage cars, drive and show them all the time. It would be great if some enterprising mechanic/businessmen opened shops exclusively for the new MG, sold the kits, sold parts, or even built them turn-key for sale. They could then service the old and the new MGs. And for those who have the smart remarks about MGs - don't knock it if you haven't tried it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well that just sucks...well lets hope when the US economy gets better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Among the many stupid things I did in my life...owning an MG may not rank as number one...but it comes damned close. If you bought one made in China, it certainly would rank number one in your life.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Chinese product not headed for the USA, I'd say this is great news!!!
      Dean
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's good news indeed. MG is the most unreliable car I ever had the displeasure of encountering. It was fun to drive when it ran though. My brother had an MG Midget and we pulled the engine 2-3 times a year to replace the clutch. It had the worst electrical eystem I ever saw in my life. Heaven forbid it was driven in the rain, everything shorted out. Countless hours stranded by the side of the road got old fast. No thanks, they can keep piece of trash in China.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you insinuating that MG has fans?

      ...

      ha.
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