SAIC launches production of MG crossover for exportOctober 1, 2019
The hybrid version of the compact MG HS crossover with plug-in was the first car to roll off the assembly line at NICDE’s SAIC.
SAIC Motor began manufacturing MG vehicles, mainly for export, at a new plant in Ningde, in the eastern Chinese coastal province of Fujian. A SAIC spokesman said the first car to roll off the assembly line on Sunday was the hybrid version of the MG HS compact crossover with plug-in. A plant worth 5 billion yuan ($ 702 million) can produce up to 240,000 cars a year at full capacity.
The MG HS Hybrid is the third MG-branded electrified vehicle, after the MG6 sedan and the EZS hybrid subcompact crossover. According to the management of the brand, the hybrid MG HS will be delivered to the UK and other European countries.
In July, the electric MG EZ went on sale in the UK, after which it was shipped to the Netherlands and Norway. The UK is the main export market for MG, where MG3, MG ZS and MG GS are sold. Ningde Factory is the fourth SAIC factory in China after the factories in Shanghai, Nanjing and Zhengzhou. China’s annual SAIC production will increase to 980,000 vehicles. The plant will also produce MG gasoline models. In addition, the production of MG cars is established in Thailand and India.
In 2005, Nanjing Auto acquired the MG brand from the bankrupt British automaker MG Rover in 2005. Two years later, Nanjing Auto was acquired by SAIC, which manufactures and markets Roewe cars in China. SAIC delivered 414,740 under MG and Roewe brands in China this year until August, which is 9.3% less than a year earlier.
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