• Feb 15, 2010
Although it probably plummeted off your radar around the time "My Humps" and "Don' Cha" were topping the charts, the MG TF remains in production. Well, kind of – the factory was idled last year, but it will restart in April. After this year, however, the owners of MG, China's SAIC, have called full-time on the mid-engined convertible. As an encore, MG is considering building a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive convertible that has the cojones to say "I'm looking at you, punk" to the Mazda MX5/Miata.

Of course that will necessitate light weight chassis, peerless dynamics and a cozy cabin. It also necessitates a new RWD platform, which is something SAIC isn't currently in possession of and doesn't want to foot the bill for alone. Assuming SAIC can hook up with a partner or the MG6 and its sibling sell like bottled water when they're introduced to Europe, the new roadster will come online around 2013. The odds are long, surely, but the fact that we're still talking about the possibility of a brand new MG warms the cockles.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      My mate had one of those TFs and wow did he have a bad run (amongst other things, it blew an engine so it was replaced only to go up again just a few weeks later)! And to think that it's successor will be made in China? I think I'll pass thanks...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I rather like the idea of a new TF. The current one is way too old. I hope it will take some design clues from the MG6 Concept
      • 4 Years Ago
      We've heard this song and dance before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it the MG-BB and update the original MGB design accordingly - NOT the wretched export ugly-bumper version though!

      Mind you, the snowy weather this winter keeps me clear of anything that's RWD.

        • 4 Years Ago
        As long as the engine is at the back and over the rear wheels, you will have no problems in an MG TF, I assure you!

        However, once they move the engine to the front, it will be dead in the snow (literally) like all the BMWs here last week!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Citizens of Ardmore rejoice!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm, as far as I remember SAIC also bought the rights to the RWD platform that underpinned the MG ZT. This was baically a FWD Rover 75 converted to RWD by Prodrive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a POS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The picture shows the current TF ... just in case you're not familiar with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car would be good looking if it were 1995. It oddly reminds me of a Sunfire convertible. Or maybe I'm just nuts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "My Humps",you mean the Black Eye Peas song?
      • 4 Years Ago
      No thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they can follow up with a new Magnette sedan, complete with tailfins.

      /or maybe not
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a fan of original british MGs... I have a close relative with a VERY well restored 74 MGB (late 74 car converted to early-74 and previous specs. (no more rubber brick bumper over-riders, thankyaverramuch)

      But I don't see this going well. The chinese don't exactly have a stellar record of putting a car together all that well, even if they do make sub-assemblies for everyone else.

      The MGF and TF were quaint looking, and always seemed under-developed to me, and were kind of what MR2 Spyder should have been.

      But the US never got the car anyway, so it was a non-factor for me.

      Sad to see the last of the british mainstream auto industry just kind of fade from significance. Thankfully, they still have a good cottage industry of hand-built sports cars, and still have mighty McLaren, as all of their other brands are now in the hands of companies from other countries.

      I'd have loved to see a new MG roadster to succeed the MGB, MGB-GT, and RV8. I'd have loved to see it as a new british car. Not so sure about a new chinese car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, so a Chinese made MGB should be a great successor to the original! :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt it'll be Chinese-made. The British operation is still largely in-tact, even though manufacturing was halted for a while. Cars purchases, unlike electronics, are sensitive to political-correctness and places of origin. The ones assembled in China it will probably only sell domestically, like what the other companies are doing.
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