No longer made in Britain: MG Motor closes Longbridge production line with all models to now be fully built in China
After almost a century of on-off production, the last MG-branded car has been built in the UK.
Owners of MG Motor confirmed last week that the Longbridge plant in the West Midlands has ceased assembling cars which will now be fully built in China.
According to reports, just 25 jobs will be lost at the site near Birmingham with the sales, marketing and after-sales departments located at the 300-employee strong UK base unaffected.
Following the collapse of MG Rover in 2005, Chinese automaker Nanjing Automobile bought the MG marque and the Longbridge facility for ￡53 million the following year.
Some 12 months on, Shanghai-based SAIC Motor acquired the Chinese car firm along with the British-badged carmaker that was first established in 1920.
Since 2007, three MG Motor models have been launched and part-built in the UK.
MarkoGarcia, No town, Isle Of Man, 13 hours ago
MG have not been British cars since the phoenix cooperation asset stripped the company years ago . The Rover employees lost their pensions ,but the directors still own luxury villas in Spain . A similar scandal like BHS but nothing is done to prosecute the ex directors
dmcaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13 hours ago
sorry, we all love "Des" and japan,china. not really know MG. Des is Number 1 forever in all heart.
Foolishwit, london, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
I'm sure the redundant workers will love being described as 'only 25 job losses' . That's probably 25 families wondering how they will buy food and pay the mortgage.
mk_ultra, London, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Im sure these families wont care. Brexit will create millions of jobs
rogerz, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
25 job losses.? What a joke. Remember when they used to enjoy thousands. That was of course before John Towers & the Gang of Four got involved. What Party was in charge when it went into liquidation.? No prizes for guessing it was Labour, that party that purports to support the working man