• Apr 20th 2009 at 3:41PM
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Nevermind the sordid tale that led us to the point where a Chinese automaker debuts a new model for a storied British brand. Instead, just look at the Roewe MG6 and know that things seem to be working out. Based on the unassuming Roewe 550 sedan, which itself is based on a shortened version of the old Rover 75, the MG6 Turbo is a four-door fastback that will likely make its way to England as the first new model from the Chinese-owned automaker. The styling is reminiscent of the Lexus GS with an angular front end that highlights the big MG badge. Its sharp, attractive and more Euro-looking that in its Asian design roots might suggest.

While Rovers will never be called Rovers again thanks to SAIC failing to secure the naming rights when it purchased England's most famous failed automaker, the MG6 proves they aren't wasting the platforms.

[Source: Autoblog Chinese]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't say it is a stunning beauty, but the exterior does look quite good. However, the interior is way too similar to the BMW 7, which is ugly.

      To Honda execs: Consider hiring the SAIC design team to re-do the Acura TL's exterior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks Bloke for sharing the facts. This car along with the Roewe 550 share many parts with the original Rover 75 and are pretty much just as British as they are Chinese as the engineering and design process was split among both places. SAIC owns and operates facilities in Longbridge and after acquiring Nanjing own the rights to the MG name. Using the MG name, this and a rebadged Roewe 550 would fit right in stateside.

      Can we stop calling this "Roewe" MG6? This isn't a Roewe, it's an MG...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shame Subaru's don't look this good...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the emphasis on the Badge draws your attention.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is going to seem all too familiar in 10 years....

      A Chinese company that owns a familiar UK (insert US) brand makes an announcement at an auto shown in Shanghai about their new product for the UK (US) market. The UK (US) auto industry is a shell of its former self and the auto show in London (Detroit) attracts a fraction of the media as Shanghai's.

      If you want to say I sound "protectionist", go ahead, but China is on path to gobble up our entire manufacturing sector over the next 20 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dash has a BMW feel to it.Not offensive, but it's a little obvious. The rest is really good. Have the Chinese learned how to design original cars this year?

      looks like it
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I have some exposure to classic MGs, and I like them. I tend to like british cars, but again, this is not a british car, merely a formerly british badge."

        Technically it is a British car underneath, using the Rover RDX60 platform, the stillborn JV with SAIC. That platform was developed at Longbridge.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually these cars are not designed by chinese, but by british Ricardo engineers... then again, part of Ricardo was bought by SAIC, so... it's not easy to crack this one.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Then I guess I am a dual Swiss and German citizen, since my ancestors came from there, well before the world wars. Nope. I am an American, because that is where I was born, and where I still live.

        The fact is, these cars are designed and built in China, by chinese companies, with badge names that they actually now own.

        That means they aren't British anymore. Even if my recall of the intricacies of the sale procedure aren't 110%, they still aren't built in British factories by British workers for British companies under their registered trade names.

        Chances are, most people working on building this MG6, probably have no idea where Morris Garages was. Most may not even know that is what MG stands for.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MG Rover was bought out by SIAC, and now MG/Rover is a Chinese owned company. No longer British.

        On the main topic:
        With the fall in styling of the '10 Legacy... I have a hard time looking at it, and so am looking at other vehicles for future consideration... Just out of curiousity.

        I have some exposure to classic MGs, and I like them. I tend to like british cars, but again, this is not a british car, merely a formerly british badge. I realize they probably won't make it state-side, but it isn't completely unreasonable.

        I like turbos. I really like fastback hatchbacks, with two or four side doors along with them.

        But I don't like communist governments, and I don't like disrespect of intellectual property as a widespread phenomenon. I don't have a problem with chinese people at all. I just don't support what the pseudo communist government, and the businesses that are controlled by it.

        So as much as I want to like the bodystyle, and as much as I want to like the nameplate, I don't like the source.

        But then again, I won't buy a GM car while the US government has it's ever-more-meddlesome mitts in the mix, either, and while they build cars with unaccountable technology, like black boxes, and un-monitored cellular connectivity with OnStar.

        I may be a little particular about it, but that is my prerogative, for now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think MG is British not Chinese,

        • 6 Years Ago
        interesting... thanks Biomech
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this, almost a Scion feel to it. Finally something good!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Rover brand name is now owned by Tata. They got the rights to that name along with Jaguar,Lanchester,Land Rover and Daimler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wheels look a bit small, but that's probably because of the camera distortion owing to China's notoriously cramped display stands.

      Another solid effort by MG/Roewe. I approve.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK how about calling the car the SAIC MG6 or the MG MG6? It is very clearly wearing the MG badge guys, and it makes little sense to sell the Roewe 550 and the MG6 under the same brand. Roewe is just an SAIC brand, so why are you calling it the Roewe MG6? That's like calling a Saturn Aura the Chevrolet Saturn Aura.

      It's an MG MG6, or an SAIC MG6. Why do you guys keep posting it as a Roewe?
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