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Nanjing is still hanging IV bags on the battered carcass of MG, and there's a new hatchback model coming for 2010 that the automaker hopes will breathe new life into the the brand. Based on SAIC's Roewe 550, the new hatchback is about the size of a Euro Focus, and will reportedly be built at the historical MG home of Longbridge, in the UK. The car looks a little flashier than the Roewe version, and engineers from Ricardo are lending development expertise to make sure the suspension settings are

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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.

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The proposed alliance between GM and Nissan/Renault leads off the Autoblog Podcast, Episode #34. Do we think it will happen? What would the effects of such an alliance be? We also talk about the Chinese coming to town in the form of Nanjing Automotive opening up operations and a productions facility for MG in Oklahoma. GayWheels.com and its Top Ten Most Researched Vehicles list also makes the cut, along with news from our sister-site, AutoblogGreen. Enjoy.

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