British MG cars return to Singapore after 15-year hiatus

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British car brand MG is back on sale in Singapore, after an absence of nearly 15 years. The brand, founded 1924 in Oxford, UK, disappeared from the city state in 2003 after production was suspended by then-owner MG Rover Group.

Things turned around – albeit slowly – after China’s Nanjing Automobile Corporation in 2005 took over the MG brand, launched MG Motor as a new company and started to revive it. For Southeast Asia, the Chinese set up a production facility in Thailand where MG meanwhile has established itself as an affordable, yet sporty looking car for the younger crowd appreciating the “British heritage,” although the cars today are assembled mostly with parts made in China.

In Singapore, MG Motor has appointed Simply Cars – a used car trader and parallel importer of popular German brands since 2006 – as its agent. The first model to debut is the MG ZS compact crossover and an initial batch of 20 cars has arrived.

In the beginning, the cars will be imported from the UK where the MG factory makes changes to the car’s exhaust system to make it comply with Singapore’s Euro 6 emission standards.

The next MG to be introduced in Singapore will be the MG3 hatchback, a compact five-door.

The move comes, however, just after Singapore this February issued a ban on the import and sale of new cars unless they replace old ones as the small city state is coming to a limit of available road and parking space. The ban will only be reviewed in 2020.

Apart from Singapore, the MG range is now sold in China, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Thailand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, with the availability of the five-model range depending on the respective markets.

 

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British car brand MG is back on sale in Singapore, after an absence of nearly 15 years. The brand, founded 1924 in Oxford, UK, disappeared from the city state in 2003 after production was suspended by then-owner MG Rover Group.

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British car brand MG is back on sale in Singapore, after an absence of nearly 15 years. The brand, founded 1924 in Oxford, UK, disappeared from the city state in 2003 after production was suspended by then-owner MG Rover Group.

Things turned around – albeit slowly – after China’s Nanjing Automobile Corporation in 2005 took over the MG brand, launched MG Motor as a new company and started to revive it. For Southeast Asia, the Chinese set up a production facility in Thailand where MG meanwhile has established itself as an affordable, yet sporty looking car for the younger crowd appreciating the “British heritage,” although the cars today are assembled mostly with parts made in China.

In Singapore, MG Motor has appointed Simply Cars – a used car trader and parallel importer of popular German brands since 2006 – as its agent. The first model to debut is the MG ZS compact crossover and an initial batch of 20 cars has arrived.

In the beginning, the cars will be imported from the UK where the MG factory makes changes to the car’s exhaust system to make it comply with Singapore’s Euro 6 emission standards.

The next MG to be introduced in Singapore will be the MG3 hatchback, a compact five-door.

The move comes, however, just after Singapore this February issued a ban on the import and sale of new cars unless they replace old ones as the small city state is coming to a limit of available road and parking space. The ban will only be reviewed in 2020.

Apart from Singapore, the MG range is now sold in China, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Thailand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, with the availability of the five-model range depending on the respective markets.

 

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