Top Gear host and The Sunday Times columnist Jeremy Clarkson has stirred up controversy yet again after pushing a new car he was reviewing through an intersection, because of what he said was a failure of the stop-start system, and giving it a generally bad review. This time it wasn't a Tesla on the receiving end of his wrath, but the Chinese-owned, British-assembled MG6 Magnette.
Clarkson claimed the MG6 isn't actually a British-built car because it was just assembled and styled in Britain, complained that booking a test drive was more of a chore than it had to be, opined that the steering wheel cuts the webbing between your fingers and, of course, the stop-start system doesn't work properly. He also said the car "didn't do especially well in its Euro NCAP safety tests."

MG UK, not taking the review lightly, wrote a response to it in the China Car Times, rebutting his criticisms of the car and raising questions about the legitimacy of the review. MG UK claimed that it was not contacted about any problems with the car while it was on loan to Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, and that it drove perfectly when it was collected after the loan period. MG also pointed out that it received four out of five stars in its Euro NCAP safety tests. Soon after the review, MG invited local journalists to its UK Design center so they could judge for themselves the direction of the British car maker.

When Clarkson and the Top Gear crew criticized the Tesla Roadster after draining its battery and then pushing it through an intersection, the electric car manufacturer filed a libel lawsuit against Top Gear – and lost – but it remains to be seen whether MG will take any legal action.


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      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      And if they do, they'll lose too.
      Electrium
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car manufacturers just don't get Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson likes to over exaggerate to get his point across. He does this in a humorous manner to the benefit of all viewers. What he says is correct. British cars and Chinese cars are known for their unreliability, and he points this out humorously. Is the car actually unreliable? Probably and we would never know until after some years of use so he just makes the generalization. For Tesla, again, he was just pointing out the limited range versus normal cars. And this is true. Clarkson is damn well allowed to express HIS opinions and it sure is to the benefit of the viewer. It's up to the viewer to judge whether or not to listen to him. You know what? Car manufacturers still listen to him even though he makes disparaging comments. Just look at Tesla, they now have these supercharging stations which almost negates the limited range issue. Clarkson's point of view is one of the best layman's point of view and is why I will continue to watch his show!
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Electrium
        The BBC is publicly funded. It doesn't need to hinge its entire being on ratings.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Electrium
        in other words, he lies about cars to get ratings and anybody who would watch TG to learn about cars is an idiot.
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      how any one can listen to this blowhard Clarkson is beyond me. He's about as entertaining as this morning's used toilet paper.
      The Friendly Grizzly
      Clarkson is a mouthy @55h01e. His entire schtick was tiresome the first time it hit the airwaves. He is nothing more then Click & Clack with anger and a grating accent.
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly
        Click and Clack are knowledgeable engineers, not some annoying assclown comedian. Amazing to me how people view this show as something more than pure entertainment...
      King of Eldorado
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the look of the old MG Magnettes, including the later ones with the tailfins. I bet a lot of those had to be pushed through intersections -- they were MGs, after all.
      acurasucks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Automakers should just stop lending cars to Top Gear. And then there would be no show....
        FutureDoc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @acurasucks
        Ford, "Lancia"/ Fiat, BMW, VW Group, Merc, Toyota and even GM earn enough good praise... so why stop?
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @acurasucks
        Right, because the last time that happened James May flipped a (ahem) Bentley Mulsanne over a cliff in Albania...
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @acurasucks
        Wouldn't stop them, they still reviewed the City Rover.
      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      The steering wheel sucks, the start stop doesn't work and it died and he had to push it - sounds like the most British car on earth and an MG at heart! What is he complaining about, they could not have reproduced a classic MG any better than making it look good, but fall apart and fail to run regularly.
        The Friendly Grizzly
        @ihatedavebushell
        Did the Chinese remember the self-lubricating garage floor?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        [blocked]
        Redline
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        Hopefully the rear windows are heated so your hands don't get cold.
      Frazgo Fraz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to give my hearty congrats to him for calling it as he sees it. I'd love it if someone on this side of the Atlantic had the same cajones when it came to writing car reviews.
      Michael Scoffield
      • 1 Year Ago
      That MG is a shitty car compared to the competition and it deserves the criticism. Plus Euroncap has very laxed safety test and almost everyone gets five stars to four is actually pretty bad.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeremy Clarkson = monkey with steering wheel.
      jaazani
      • 1 Year Ago
      when will manufacturers learn they can't win against JC
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jaazani
        It's funny how manufacturers even care what he says. Evidently there are some people out there that view the show as providing useful information regarding cars or manufacturers would just ignore what they say. It's similar to having "Larry the Cable Guy" (or name your favorite comedian) comment that they like/dislike a certain car and people believing this carries any useful information in someone's car buying decision.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 1 Year Ago
      Top Gear is, in my opinion, the best show on TV right now. In the world.
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