Once a legendary British marque, now owned by China, MG announced this week that its latest all-electric car will be launched in the UK from September.
Available with batteries ranging from 51kWh to 64kWh, the MG4 EV will have a range of 218-281 miles with a top speed of 99mph and acceleration from standstill to 62mph in less than 8 seconds.
It is expected to cost from £30,000 and will compete with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.3 and Nissan Leaf.
Smart deal: The new MG4 EV, which is Chinese-owned but developed in the UK
A key clever feature is the versatile super-slim 110mm integrated battery pack system, which can be upgraded via Wi-Fi or completely replaced if the owner needs more power or range.
The rear-wheel-drive platform promises 50:50 weight distribution and an improved driving experience with improved roadholding, driver involvement, and passenger and luggage space in the cabin.
MG is now owned by China’s biggest carmaker SAIC, which was seized for a song when then-British MG Rover collapsed in scandal in 2005 under a team led by disgraced ex-Rover boss John Towers.
Cars now designed in Marylebone, London, but manufactured at various locations overseas, the reborn MG boasts that it is the “fastest growing car brand in the UK” with a six-car range of “affordable” hatchbacks, estates and SUVs.
MG also continues to make a big part of its advertising material about the brand’s strong British heritage and history.
David Ellison, head of product and planning at MG UK, said: “The MG4 EV is a key part of our next phase of growth.” It’s all the more surprising that MG is so disrespectful to potential customers in its original home market, only officially unveiling the new car in Britain this week – seven days after its European preview on 28 June.
Why not at the same time? Maybe the bosses really don’t think Britain is geographically part of Europe?
A tough new pickup truck is a pickup truck
Despite all the political upheaval and excitement this week, you can feel like a well-deserved prizewinner.
Or maybe a new tough pickup truck.
Make the next generation of the rugged Volkswagen Amarok.
Take your pick: the next generation of the rugged Volkswagen Amarok
Designed and engineered in Germany and Australia, it is built in South Africa and was developed in collaboration with Ford, making it a close sibling to the rival Ford Ranger.
It will be launched in the UK initially as a four-door double cab in five specifications – the base version along with Life, Style, Aventura (for on-road orientation) and Panamericana (off-road), followed by a more utilitarian two-door single cab.
The newcomer is equipped with five turbocharged engines, including a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel with a capacity of 250 hp. and a 2.3-liter gasoline unit with a capacity of 302 hp.
Suzuki in the UK leads the league in customer satisfaction
The custom Japanese carmaker, which is currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, has topped the Customer Service Institute’s six-month satisfaction barometer, ranking as the top car brand among 27 manufacturers.
Up next: Suzuki, currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, has topped the Customer Service Institute’s six-month satisfaction barometer
Of the 265 organizations named across all business sectors, Suzuki was ranked fifth overall – alongside Marks & Spencer and just behind UK Power Networks, Timpson, John Lewis and Tesco Mobile – in the UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI).
Customers were surveyed about how they were treated, covering trust, experience, ethos, emotional connection, ethics and loyalty.
Suzuki GB chief Nobua Suyama said: “This is a great achievement. The efforts of our employees and dealers have paid off again.”
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