CAR reader Tariq Drabu spotted a pair of new-generation MGs at the weekend – parked up outside a supermarket in north-west England. The MG6 is the UK-spec version of the Roewe 550 made in China.
'It's interesting what you get to see on a Saturday afternoon shopping trip to Asda in Manchester,' he said. 'We photographed not one but two MG6 prototypes.
'They were on UK plates and marked "Sureparts", which is a Redditch-based company. Both were left hand drive, though.'
So what was the MG6 doing in Manchester?
The MG6 will be seen at the MG Live event due to be hosted at Silverstone from 4-6 June 2010; it's hailed as the largest MG event on Earth.
It's all part of the build-up to the UK launch of the MG6 in 2011. It'll be built alongside the ageing MG TF at the old MG Rover Longbridge facility in the West Midlands and will be priced to tempt people out of their Golfs and Focuses.
At first, expect a 1.8 turbo K-series derivative, but a suite of new petrol and diesel options are expected if the range takes off. Which is still a moot point; how much fondness for the brand will it take to overcome the doubts? This could be a renaissance too far...
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