• MG Parent company SAIC achieves record sales of 5.1 million in 2013
  • MG and Roewe global sales reach 230,000
  • MG UK sales increase significantly in November 2013 following successful MG3 launch

MG Parent company SAIC Motor achieved record global sales of over 5.1 million units, an increase of 13.71% on 2012 sales and is the first Chinese automotive manufacturer to exceed five million units in a year. 230,000 units of this extraordinary end of year figure can be attributed to global sales of the MG and Roewe marques.

Global MG sales are set to increase further in 2014, with the opening of a SAIC manufacturing facility in Thailand, enabling the company to expand into South East Asia. Production capacity will be around 50,000 vehicles a year, mainly consisting of MG vehicles.

MG sales continue to increase in the UK, as the historic marque looks forward to 2014 and its ninetieth anniversary year. In the last few months, MG UK has achieved record sales growth due to the launch of the MG3 in late September. MG reported a 257% increase in sales for November 2013 over November 2012, and the SMMT named the historic marque as the second best improver in UK sales for November 2013 over its performance in the previous year. December 2013 was the best December in the company’s history, nearly 30% up on previous year’s sales for these months.

Since the first customer collection in November 2013, 210 MG3s have already been registered in the UK, and sales look to increase rapidly in 2014 with nearly 1,000 orders waiting to be filled. Staff at the Birmingham plant forwent their Christmas celebrations to complete as many orders as possible before the Christmas break. Over 90% of MG3 orders so far consist of the top two trim lines,1 with 40% of customers opting to style their cars from the selection of over one million personalisation options available.

Sales of MG6 GT and Magnette variants are set to improve in 2014 thanks to the decrease in CO2 emissions for Diesel variants (from 139g/km to 129g/km) making the model a viable fleet option for the first time.

Current Q1 offers allow customers to benefit even further as already exceptional levels of spec are now better than ever with free upgrades on all Petrol and Diesel specifications, a saving of up to £3,000, until 31 March 2014.2 Lease offers are also available on all variants from only £199 a month.3

The MG UK dealer network will grow significantly in 2014 following a programme to recruit dealers including sponsoring the prestigious Automotive Management awards in February.  A significant number of new applications have already been received. In recent months new MG dealerships have opened in Woking, Gloucester, Cambridge and two in Sheffield with more to follow in the coming months.


1 3Form Sport and 3Style (and 3Style with option leather)

2 Launched in 2012, the MG6 GT boasts an impressive equipment list whilst retaining an affordable list price, starting at just £15,455 (Petrol GT)/ £16,995 (Diesel GT)/ £19,995 (Magnette Petrol)/ £21,195 (Magnette Diesel). Under the current offers customers automatically upgrade from an S variant to an SE, benefiting from a saving of £1,200 and receiving additional equipment such as satellite navigation, rear parking sensors, cruise control and leather steering wheel. Building on the SE trim, the TSE now offers a saving of £2,000 and features front parking sensors, 18” alloy wheels, rear parking camera, leather trim, Bluetooth, automatic headlights, automatic windscreen wipers and electric heated seats. Magnette customers will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to an MG6 GT SE, saving £3,000.

3 MG6 GT and MG6 MAGNETTE are now available from just £199* (excl. VAT) for business customers- currently available under the scheme, along with used MG6 VAT qualifying cars up to a year old and with a maximum of 10,000 recorded miles. These rates are supported by ALD Automotive, Europe’s second largest contract hire provider, which manages more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide.

3 Year Contract Term Includes 30,000 miles & Metallic paint. Excludes Maintenance.

  1st Payment +VAT 35 Monthly Rentals +VAT
MG6 GT 1.9 S DTi-TECH Diesel £1,610.15 £199
MG6 GT 1.9 SE DTi-TECH Diesel £1,732.90 £220
MG6 GT 1.9 TSE DTi-TECH Diesel £1,879.80 £230
MG6 MAGNETTE 1.9 TSE DTi-TECH Diesel £1,840.95 £230

About MG

MG is owned by the SAIC Motor Corporation, rated 103rd in the Fortune 500. MG Motors and SMTC UK are both located to the 60 acre MG Longbridge site. SMTC UK is responsible for key phases of engineering, research, design and development programmes of all new MG and Roewe products for Global markets, and is able to benefit from the close proximity and integration with its group manufacturing sister company, MG Motor UK after a multi-million pound investment in facilities and infrastructure at the site.

About SAIC Motor Corporation

SAIC Motor Corporation is a Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company with headquarters located in Shanghai, China. SAIC is the number one automotive company in China and is currently ranked 103rd in the Fortune 500.

Established in the 1940s, SAIC traces its origins to the early years of the Chinese automobile industry. SAIC has been joint ventured with General Motors since 1998, and Volkswagen since 1985. The joint venture with VW is the oldest surviving manufacture joint venture in the global automotive industry. SAIC products sell under a variety of brand names, including those of its joint venture partners. Two notable brands owned by SAIC are MG, the historic British car marque, and Roewe, one of the few domestic Chinese luxury car brands. Overall investment by SAIC into the UK via the UK Technical Centre exceeds £250 million since formation, and SAIC Group has continued to invest heavily into operations in the UK, with notable projects that include the addition of a new European Design studio –  now the fifth largest in the UK – and Engine Testing facilities. The development of future new Group products continues apace in the UK and points to an exciting and successful future for the company.

About SMTC

SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited (SMTC UK), is the sister brand of MG and is also based at Longbridge, Birmingham. SMTC was established in 2005 to enable SAIC Group to benefit from the wealth of highly skilled automotive engineering and design talent present in the UK, especially in the Midlands. Now, as an integral part of the SAIC Motor Technical Centre based is Shanghai, China,. SMTC UK has continued to expand, and now employs around 2000 engineers and 300 designers with a high degree of automotive experience drawn from all over the UK motor industry. Researching and developing advancements in engineering is now a key focus for the business, assisted by key partnerships in both the academic and business worlds of the UK, Europe and China.

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