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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

New MG sports car is coming, after more a decade's wait

Following the death of the MG TF in 2011, a new MG roadster seemed unlikely under its new Chinese owners at SAIC Motor. The marque is better known nowadays for its European-market crossovers and MG5 electric estate car, its historic homes in Abingdon and Longbridge demolished after the collapse of MG Rover in 2005.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/new-mg-sports-car-is-coming-after-more-a-decades-wait/
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NAMiata
Intermediate Driver

Too late to call it the MGE?
MajorTomB
Intermediate Driver

My thoughts exactly!
GRP_Photo
Instructor

Want.
Snailish
Engineer

Should look more MG traditional styling language to me.

This reads as modern angled up Japanese styling. I like Japanese styling on Mazdas, and the MX5 has edged more into this look with each generation. Other cars (some of those recent Hondas) look like they took a slick design clay buck and carved the angles into it (or glued them on after the fact). This concept is better than some of those realities I suppose.

So I think this direction is not needed for a new MG. Pretend the last MGB just got sold. Follow that up.
NAMiata
Intermediate Driver

There is an old joke that Lamborghinis are cars for Italian gigolos. The only problem is that by the time they make enough money to buy one, they don't fit in it. I wonder if it's the same with MG. Those of us who remember the MGB are too old to be the demographic for the new one.

SteveC
Pit Crew

I remember. Over the past 40 years, I owned a 1980 B, a 1976 Midget and a 1966 B. And, I still fit in them.
Roomer
Pit Crew

Steve, I've had a '66 BGT, a '64 Midget, a '77 B and currently a '75 B. I'm 67 and still fit!
Pegleg01
Detailer

You're correct... I had a new one in college at age 24 in '74.
71+ years on, I'm a Vette guy till I die.
Pegleg01
Detailer

I agree B style retro with modern upgrades is a great way to go. The clay model looks too much like a cross between the last RX-7 and a BMW Z4, and not a great mashup at that.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Doesn't have any MG DNA in it to me.
Tsaxman
Advanced Driver

I had a 1964 MGB. The reason MG should not make an electric car is that they will not leak oil. As long as Lucas has nothing to do with the electronics, it might actually start and run every day.
Pegleg01
Detailer

As they say, "If Lucas made guns, wars would never start."
Smokefoot55
Intermediate Driver

No EV's, no Chinese cars. Actually, no Chinese anything.
RichL
Intermediate Driver

I agree!
drhino
Technician

Precisely. Why fund anything that has to do with that regime?
77GL
Detailer

Nobody is forcing anybody. You must be very busy commenting on everything you do not like.
Rick2
Instructor

No, he was being patriotic!
GRP_Photo
Instructor

BS.
hunternicholas
Detailer

Answering the question in the subject field of the email I received, that sent me this article.
"Should MG Make a Roadster Again?"
I don't care if they make a roadster. And the "Again" part isn't possible since British Leyland no longer exists. As stated, China now owns MG and the once beloved label. Therefore, I have no interest in even seeing one. In truth, we already have to buy too much from China because of the way things have gone. But every penny that we spend on Chinese goods is support in one of the worst communist governments in the world. Anyone engaging into light study of China's government will quickly learn the horrors they invoke (as in, to use a law in order to achieve something) on a daily basis.
I don't care what they build or however nice it is, it's never going to meet a criterion that I have (and all of us should have) of intolerance for the human suffering that China imposes onto helpless people in their country. So, I'm certainly not going to buy a fake MG from them.
Pegleg01
Detailer

Yes, always remember the Chinese are so much more diabolical than the Russians, and also have money, intelligence and world smarts. But avoiding Chinese cars is pretty simple now, it's just everything else that clogs the shipping lanes on the high seas...
DT
Advanced Driver

China stands with Putin and Recently said they would smash the U.S. to Smithereens if we stood up for Taiwan so nothing Chinese for me. We do need to get back to making our own products no matter what the cost. China has us by the short hairs in the chip and drugs market !!!!
DaveZ
New Driver

And the device your messaging on is from……? It’s convenient to say absolutely no China anything when it’s a item like a car, but until widgets, gizmos, and chips are all made here there is no one that is as China free as they claim.
The MG isn’t my cup of tea because it is too far removed from the “originals”, but I’m sure they will be able to sell some worldwide
topside
Advanced Driver

Looks to me like a mash-up of several other designs: I see Ferrari, BMW and Mazda styling in there. But I don't see any traditional MG styling cues, and the nose and tail both look a bit too extended. I doubt the US would see any of them anyway, but I'd bet the Brits are a bit offended !
Srmert
Detailer

Looks like some lines from recent Mazda Miata and earlier BMW Z4. Does China ever do anything but copy?
PRScott
Instructor

Nope!
Eaglefox1
Pit Crew

I need a modern MG-TD with the sweeping fenders, tall front grill, decent horsepower, same size as TD.
GRP_Photo
Instructor

I would love that myself.
MajorTomB
Intermediate Driver

With these modern pedestrian safety requirements that require all new cars to have flat faces that use ingenious styling devices to make them not look so flat, I would think the classic MGA and MGB design language would allow a roadster to meet the requirements while using MG DNA.
FloridaMarty
Instructor

Miata vs MG. The imitation is better than the genuine article. Period.

d2d2energy
New Driver

Just like everything the CCP does, copy someone elses design a tweet ot a bit. Not impressed. Looks like a tweeked Maida.
ATmgbjaguar
Pit Crew

North America was the market for MG from 1946 to 1980. More MG's are still on the road in North America than anywhere else in the world. For MG to produce a new roadster without consideration of the marketplace potential for it in North America would be, to be blunt, absolutely stupid. In order to re-enter the market in North America, a dealer body that can sell / service and a car/parts distribution business would need to be fully re-established --- both expensive investments, but necessary to be successful. Vehicle quality would need to be the primary focus ... any new entry is going to have to compete against the Japanese auto companies from a quality perspective, and quality is something MG has never been able to achieve (I've had 5 MG's --- 2 bought new. I've been down the road with poor dealers and lousy distributors). Entry into the North American market would be key for any new MG roadster to be financially successful --- otherwise, all you would have is another poorly executed, marketed, and distributed product like the MG F's and MG TF's that were produced between 1995 and 2011. Damn shame really --- the market for a new MG Roadster is there.
Snailish
Engineer

Looks like they are just going to get Mazda to build and sell it anyways?

GRP_Photo
Instructor

I think you're forgetting that the MG of '46 to '80 was British and the one today is Chinese.
Rider79
Technician

...and that will make the quality better?
hyperv6
Racer

How about this. You build a MG B just like the old days but with todays Miata like quality and reliability.

Kind of like the continuation models that are out. Build it will no electric traction controls or stability control. Put a 5 speed in it and more power to the little more modern engine.

Make an MG that really is an MG.

Then you may want to go back and revisit the TC and D models.

So many of the originals are not worth restoring anymore and those that are have been. Eliminate the rust and electrical issues along with the oil leaks you would have a very appealing car vs just another Miata want a be.

The Chinese can do it as they copy most everything anyways.

Think like the Mini is today.
Rider79
Technician

Stability control is Federally required, if it is to be sold in the USA.
DrOverboost
Intermediate Driver

New model. New drivetrain. New technology. And all from China. Good luck if you buy one.
Rider79
Technician

What could possibly go wrong??
elldorado2000
Advanced Driver

I wish they would build these coupe/convertibles about 20-30% larger. When they build them so small, they are only good for one thing and basically that is joy riding on the weekend. That's all well and good, but then the car disappears after a couple years because everyone that wanted one, bought one, and sales dries up.
Is it not possible to build a 2 door couple/convertible that is big enough to put a bag or two of golf clubs in the trunk. It seems silly, but I had a 328i that I loved, but it was a pain to put clubs in the trunk. 2 bags? Forget it. Utility matters.
Tim
Technician

See Mustang.
TG
Gearhead

My approach was always to have more than one car
Punk
Instructor

Well its hard to imagine an all electric car being an MG. I would love to see a rebirth of MG convertible sports cars. I like the idea another poster had of a new TD but I fear you could never clear it to drive on US roads. In fact, none of these cars ore every coming to the US. Whether Europeans would buy them is the question, I guess.
Maestro1
Technician

I have a late model MG in the Barn, rubber bumpers and all, which when I convert it back to the look of, say, a '67, it will be more attractive than this design. A personal opinion, obviously.
PanAmMan
New Driver

I’m an MG guy and while I think the only thing MG from Red China so far is the name and the badge, the alternative is it does not exist at all. Hopefully they can get some of the sporting heritage right here (use the traditional MG grill in some fashion) to tie it to its past. And hopefully they bring it to the US because very few affordable sports cars seem to be on the horizon.
Uncle_Doug
Intermediate Driver

I don't see how this car would fill any void in the currently-available-car market. It would probably cost more than the Mazda Miata and not have the benefit of years of engineering development. I like British style, and would love to see what they create......but I, and countless others, would not be a likely buyer.
CJinSD
Instructor

Are Chinese electric cars thrown away and replaced every two to five years, the way their appliances are?
Bostwick9
Advanced Driver

'will rely on the right mix of pricing and performance, neither of which are known at the present time—though last year’s concept touted a sub-3 second 0-to-60 time and a 497-mile range from a new generation of battery hardware.'
You can have one or the other but not both.
Taillights are hideous.
erne75
Advanced Driver

Another EV, BORING!!!
TrustyRusty
Detailer

A Chinese MG??? I don't think so. At least not for me and my family...