One marque has always held a special place in the hearts of British drivers. Founded by Cecil Kimber way back in 1924, Morris Garages, or MG, was the brand our dads aspired to. A Ferrari they would probably never own, but a sports car wearing that famous octagonal badge was ever tantalisingly within their reach. But that was in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies before the equity of this famous name was diluted, first by Leyland then by Rover, who used it as little more than a sporty trim level for their ordinary cars. What was needed was something designed as a proper MG from the ground-up, a family car perhaps, but a sporting one, designed and built in Britain. A car like the MG6?
Perhaps. When Chinese conglomerates Nanjing and SAIC (the Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation) bought up what was left of MG Rover after the group's bankruptcy in 2005, few thought the Longbridge production lines would ever run again. But thanks to this MG6, from 2011 they did again, even if the Birmingham workers were only bolting together kits imported from China. Still, the car they assembled was designed here and offers an intriguing choice as a sportier and slightly larger alternative to existing Focus and Astra-sized family hatchback models.
Here then, is a model to bridge nine decades of history with a future backed by the largest manufacturing nation on earth. A car that's a little different and potentially something of a breath of fresh air in a market sector set in its ways. This then is the MG6. It arrived in 2011 in hatch and saloon guise and got a fast track course of development, gaining a diesel engine at the start of 2013 and a 90th Anniversary edition was launched in October 2014. This was based on the top of the range TSE spec and added unique 18" matte-black wheel, 90th Anniversary embroidered headrests, a gloss black roof, red pinstripes, a chrome side vent and gloss black interior details. It was offered in two exterior paint finishes - Granite Grey Metallic and Platinum Silver. A second generation model was launched in the Spring of 2015.