By Jove, Have MG finally cracked it?
John Sandie 15th August 2019
Macdroitwich news correspondent JOHN SANDIE reports on what is shaping up to be MG Motor’s first BIG TITTED HIT
“Impossible to recommend” and “rotten to the core” screamed the red ink of journalistic reviews of the MG6 as monthly sales figures bobbed around single digits. Panned by reviewers, ignored by customers, MG Motor UK and the MG6 were a standing joke by 2012.
Seven years later, MG are in better fettle and the new MG ZS EV has been received rather differently by reviewers. “A real alternative to the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf” beamed Auto Express and What Car – normally about as pleasant to MGs as a broken glass enema – gave the new car four stars and predicted it to be “the most sought after MG in decades.”
Whilst none of the MGs launched in the interim have been as comprehensively pummelled by the press as the MG6, reviews of such positivity had eluded the British name with the Chinese twist thus far.
Sales figures can no longer be counted on your fingers and toes. By 2015 monthly sales figures – propelled by the well-
Carving a niche in alternative fuel vehicles can perform wonders for the sales performance of smaller brands. The strongest example of this in recent years is Mitsubishi with the Outlander PHEV Plug-
This was a plug-
Whilst Mitsubishi's alternatively fuelled success came with a hybrid, pure electric cars are growing in popularity. Trust has grown in the technology and ranges have improved dramatically. Kia's recently launched e-
The demand is there, the professional reviewers like it and the Outlander example demonstrates the scope for a plug-
This compares extremely favourably with the competition. Kia's similarly sized e-
The MG ZS EV even undercuts smaller competitors. Vauxhall's newly launched Corsa-
With a claimed 163-
With the special offer the MG ZS EV hits a sweet spot, with a range and level of practicality similar to the Leaf and basic Kona but a price that undercuts them both by around £6,000. Even without the offer, the MG ZS EV is still £3,000 cheaper.
Consequently, it's no surprise that propelled by the special offer, MG received 1,000 deposits for the MG ZS EV inside two weeks. The MG promise to match the government grant was initially for the first 1,000 customers – along with a free home charging point – but has been extended now – minus the charging point – to the next 1,000. Word is that they are now close to hitting that 2,000 mark as well.
There are of course a couple of provisos. These “orders” are actually non-
However, it is plain to see that MG have a hit in the making in the MG ZS EV and, with the company's capacity to produce batteries and further MG EVs in the pipeline, the plug-
They've certainly come along way since the MG6.
MG have certainly priced the MG ZS EV well, with a starting price of £24,995 after the government grant of £3,500 (that applies to all electric cars). Generously, MG have pledged to match the grant for the first 2,000 customers meaning a headline figure of £21,495 for the base Excite model and the highly specified Exclusive range topper being £23,495.
The Mitsubishi PHEV, yesterday
The MG ZS EV charge point
MG to launch MG5 EV small electric estate in 2020?
Anne Gossip 23rd August 2019
Macdroitwich lickbait correspondent ANNE GOSSIP gives the latest rumoured product from MG
Speculative reports from sources claiming to be familiar with the matter suggest that MG are planning to launch a small electric estate car on the UK market next year.
The new car will almost certainly be closely related – probably even a straight rebadge – to the Chinese market Roewe Ei5, which uses the platform of the Buick Excelle, a distant relative of the current Vauxhall Astra.
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Impending facelift for 2020 -
Anne Gossip 29th August 2019
It seems like only yesterday that the MG ZS crossover hit the UK market, but next week's Chengdu motorshow will see the unveiling of the car's mid-
Opening on the 5th September, the 2020 MG ZS will be amongst a raft of new launches at Chengdu. Styling upgrades see the existing car's Mazda-
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MG CHENGDU ROUND-
Anne Gossip 5th September 2019
Anne Gossip with the latest from Chengdu.
Today the 2019 Chendu motor show opened and, with 95th anniversary celebrations in mind, MG had much to show including the facelift MG ZS and a celebratory HS special edition.