PRODUCTION at Longbridge has resumed – right on schedule.
MG’s Chinese owners always said they’d recommence building the TF sports car in August. And, today, the company’s announced it’s achieved that milestone.
Longbridge closed back in April 2005, when MG Rover went out of business. Since then, Nanjing Automotive Company brought the business – later taken over by Shanghai Automotive.
It’s NAC MG UK that will be producing and distributing the cars in the UK, with a view to ramping up production again to other models. Mass production back at Longbridge? Well, it’s one step at a time, but it hasn’t been ruled out.
MG UK corporate communications manager Eleanor De La Haye said: ‘We have all worked extremely hard to meet our commitment to commence production of the MG TF in August. We are delighted to have reached this important point and are looking forward to seeing the cars in showrooms shortly.’
‘We have taken the very best options from the car that you saw before and put them into one package. If you look at the pre-orders that we have had through our dealers, about 70% are already sold, and that tells its own story.’
The roadster is on sale through a network of over 50 dealers, with prices starting at £16,399 for the LE 500 launch car.