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MG3 Front
MG3 Front
MG has used the Shanghai Motor Show to preview the exciting new MG3 supermini, in advance of the UK and European launches later this year. Carrying forward the styling cues first illustrated on the MG ZERO concept vehicle, the new European MG3 is a distinctive statement of modern British style designed to target young and style conscious buyers, wanting something that’s fun to drive and own.

This unique and contemporary style was brought to the supermini segment by the design and engineering team at the MG Birmingham site in Longbridge, UK. The MG3 will become the second in a new generation of MG vehicles to leave the assembly line at the Birmingham factory.  

At launch, customers will be able to personalise both the exterior and interior of this new supermini MG making it fun to buy and own, as well as the MG trademark of being fun to drive British Style fun MG’s UK based design team have given the new MG3 a cheeky touch of flair from every viewing angle.

How ​do I look from the front?
With a flash of style from the ‘hockey stick’ LED daytime running lights on every trim level, a full width black mesh grille, and black A-Pillar and ‘visor’ wraparound style windscreen, the MG3 is unmistakable on the road. 

Is this my best side?
The dual colour side skirts echo the design of the MG ZERO, lowering the stance of the car and hinting at just how much fun the MG3 could be to own. Diamond-cut, dual colour wheels give a real touch of class on the higher trim levels. 

And from the rear?
There is an echo of the fun and sportiness that lies at the heart of the MG brand. With a rear valance insert inspired by generations of MG racing cars, a unique superelliptic tail pipe finished in chrome and a body coloured tail spoiler, the MG3 looks distinctly sleek and sporty – a designer’s dream.

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MG6 Diesel
MG6 Diesel
Finally we get behind the wheel of another new model to roll off the Longbridge assembly lines - no, sadly not the MG3, we'll have to wait until next year for that, but the long, long awaited Diesel MG6.

So, what's new - well, other than the in-house designed 1.9 Turbo Diesel engine, quite a bit actually. There's an all-new (also in-house designed & developed) 6 speed gearbox, revisions to be braking system including larger front discs for the Diesel going from 284mm to 295mm. There's a new Electro-Hydraulic power steering system and revisions to the suspension setup.

Read on for our full review...
(Photos will be coming shortly, we appear to have a server glitch at the moment which is preventing me adding any)
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MG6 BTCC
MG6 BTCC
Jason Plato secured his and MG KX Momentum Racing’s third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) Pole Position of the season at Knockhill this afternoon, after a slippery, action packed 30 minute Qualifying session in the Scottish rain.
 
The First Practice session of the day started under heavy cloud cover, but with dry track conditions. Jason made good use of the session to complete 24 tours of the short 1.3 mile circuit in Fife. Working through his programme and playing with the set-up of the MG 6GT, Jason ended the session in a solid 6th position. Andy suffered a small technical hiccup on his #44 MG, which restricted him to just 19 laps and 17th position.
 
As the cars rolled out for the Second Practice session the track was still dry and the sun even threatened to break through the cloud. The MG KX Momentum crew decided to use the session to experiment with some technical changes on both of their MG 6GT’s. It proved to be the wrong direction for the Triple Eight run squad though, with both cars finishing outside the top 10.
 
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MG6 BTCC
MG6 BTCC
The MG KX Momentum Racing Team arrived at a sunny Snetterton after the seven week summer break for rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, all fired up from the encouraging first half of the season and looking to bridge the gap to the top of the table. After the last outing at the Croft circuit that produced a second win of the season for Jason Plato and Andy Neate’s best race weekend of the year so far, the expectation had been set for more of the same. 
 
Free Practice One ended with Jason Plato in third, just a fraction off the pace set by the Honda’s of Andrew Jordan and Gordon Shedden, proving again that the MG6 has inherent pace and come qualifying, pole position should be in the sights of the ever popular Jason. Andy Neate could only manage eighteenth, a different direction with the set-up requiring a re-think before FP2 and plenty to work on to get the #44 car up to speed. 
 
Free Practice Two saw Jason Plato top the time sheets throughout, finishing the session with a time of 1:57.56, just under half a second quicker than Dave Newsham in second. Andy Neate made some significant changes to the setup of his car from FP1, resulting in a gain in lap time. He was still out of the top ten in fourteenth, but with the promise of more pace for the all-important qualifying session. 
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From now MG-Rover.org is part of the AutoGuide family of forums. I will still be very much part of the admin team on the forum, but as of today, I’m no longer the owner. Some of you no doubt will be interested why – it’s pretty simple really, they made me an offer that after a lot of soul searching and discussion with the family, I decided I couldn’t turn down. There’s no other reason and if the offer had not of been right, I wouldn’t have sold.
 
You’re probably wondering who they are, they’re a Canadian based company and they operate a number of automotive websites across many marques and have the experience and expertise that I know will safeguard the future of mg-rover.org for years to come. 
 
So in effect, nothing will change, the admin & mod teams that you know will still be here, the only difference will be that we have new owners.
 
Cayne will be the guy from AutoGuide will may pop in from time to time, but really I expect their input to be minimal. We’re obviously doing something right to be still popular 7 years after the collapse of MG Rover and still one of the busiest automotive forums in the UK, they’re obviously not going to do anything that would jeopardise that.
 
If you have any questions (no I can’t say how much it was sold for before you ask), we’ll be glad to answer in the forum, click click the 'Discuss' link below.
 
Lastly, thank you, the MG-Rover.org member for your support. Quite literally, this community is nothing without the members and we’ve always remembered that over the past 11 years and we will continue to do so. Thank you to the supporters and traders for your support and I hope you continue to support us in the future.
 
MG will eventually get their act together in the UK, new metal will appear and we intend to continue to be the #1 site for MG owners going forward. I have full confidence that MG will be a brand to be reckoned with in the medium term once they’ve built up a family of models and I can’t wait to see what the talented team of engineers and designers at Longbridge produce over the next 9 years, at the end of which the forums will be celebrating its 20th birthday.
 
Of course we’re still be here for Rover owners as well, but we have to acknowledge that really, Rover is a dormant brand now. Should Tata decide to resurrect It, then of course we’ll cover it as well. 
 
Thanks again for your membership & support.
 
High calibre engineers and designers are urgently needed to work on the next generation of MG cars.
 
SAIC Motor’s UK Technical Centre, based at MG Birmingham, needs to recruit professional engineers and designers due to the huge international success of the MG brand. New MG cars, such as the award-winning MG6 models, now sell in dozens of countries.
 
David Lindley, Managing Director of SMTC UK, said: “Modern MGs are designed and engineered in Birmingham and sold in an ever increasing number of markets throughout the world.
 
“As well as the UK and China, MG has recently expanded into markets such as Egypt, Uruguay and New Zealand. This is a huge success story for British designers and engineers and, we have a fantastic range of future products to work on.
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SAIC Motor, MG’s parent company, has opened a base in the USA to extend its North American operations.
 
Nearly 100 people will be based in SAIC USA’s 30,000 sq. ft offices in Birmingham, a suburb of Michigan. They will focus on three key areas: purchasing, logistics and technology and engineering.
 
The office will work with almost 150 different North American automotive parts, materials and component suppliers and logistics will concentrate on the export and import of automotive parts. It will also deal with the design, engineering and quality control for the development and production of vehicle components and parts.
 
SAIC has a long standing joint venture with General Motors and senior engineers at MG Motor UK are involved with GM on the development of future engines.
 
Last year SAIC Motor sold more than 4 million vehicles and is the eight largest automotive manufacturer in the world. China overtook the USA to become the largest car market in the world in 2009 and last year 20 million new cars were sold in China.   
 
 
MG6 BTCC
MG6 BTCC
The MG KX Momentum Racing team will head into tomorrow’s three rounds of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire, with both cars in the top ten on the grid, following a solid, if frustrating qualifying performance ahead of rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the series.
 
First Practice got underway with overcast, cloudy skies covering the circuit; the few drops of rain that fell during the session were not enough to cause the drivers any problems and the session was completed on Dunlop’s dry weather ‘slick’ tyre. MG KX Momentum Racing began the task of tuning their two MG6 to Croft’s variety of high and slow speed corners, with Jason Plato ending the session 6th and Andy Neate in 19th.
 
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TF LE500 #1
TF LE500 #1
MG enthusiasts are being offered the opportunity to win one of the most significant MG's in the marque's history. The MG TF LE500 represented the re-birth of the MG brand in the UK and came with the slogan, "A New Journey". And now, the first ever production MG TF LE500 to roll off Longbridge line is up for grabs in an exciting prize competition.
 
For your chance to win this extra special MG, simply answer the following question.
 
MG was first formed in 1924, but what do the letters MG stand for?
A) Maurice Garage.
B) Morris Garages.
C) Morris Garage.

For details on how to enter, click 'Read More'. But you need to be quick, the closing date is on Sunday!
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The 62nd successive staging of the MGCC’s Silverstone meeting is shaping up to be one of the most memorable yet with mouth-watering action both on and off track. Six hundred competitors will compete on Silverstone’s full Grand Prix circuit throughout the MGLive! weekend whilst a plethora of in-field entertainment means there is something for all motoring enthusiasts to enjoy.
 
The hotly anticipated official MGB50 celebration race will assume centre stage on Saturday June 23rd at 3.15pm. The 50 minute encounter, supported by British Motor Heritage, has attracted a full grid of 58 FIA MGBs which represents the largest ever on-track line-up of these iconic cars. 
 
In another exciting development, former MG works driver Paddy Hopkirk will be on hand to present awards to the winners of the MGB50 celebration race. Later that evening, the popular Irishman will host the MG Car Club’s annual Silverstone dinner in the Jimmy Brown Suite which will see a host of ex MG works drivers also in attendance.
 
Notable cars competing in the MGLive! MGB50 celebration race include ex works cars 6DBL, BRX 854B,DRX 256C, DRX255C , 2 GLL and LBL591E along with other historic period MGBs HGT 576C, 665 FXF, the WSM MGB and a Jacques Coune MGB Berlinette.
 
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