Yes, they are - but they are nowhere near me, and the title "West London MG" for an outfit in Barnes is stretching the truth too far. There used to be a choice of dealers in the Rover and MG Rover days; I realise the process is one of rebuilding from a zero base but without dealers here inside the M25 (apart from the two) then they are missing out on the potentially largest catchment. I have a great choice of all manner of dealers within a five mile radius.
London in recent decades is nowhere near like the place I was born and bred in. The place and people have changed massively. Yes, I now regard anything within the form of madness known as the M25 as London. Biggest change for me is the people. Many badge conscious so that and thanks to the UK's mainly London Centric Fake News know-all know-nowt stances where anything UK Industry related... ##
... has incessantly been reported with a negative slant, MG and Rover were seen as "unclean". Here there is no doubt in my mind the so called British Broadcasting Corporation in the spearhead of that poisonous and harmful negativity. This Nation should take another trump card out of Donald's Pack and force our "We're more clever than you plebs so listen up" media to shape up or....
I believe MG China/UK have "invested" in a mega expensive Showroom and Office property in London. No doubt they have the means to set up sales outlets closer to the City Centre so why have they not done so. They maybe see it that to do so will be like flogging a dead horse. There again, what's stopping any company setting up MG China/UK sales and service outlets deep within the M25. Maybe because they are selling lots of VWs, AUDIs, MERCs, BMWs etc so why fix what aint broke.
Two years ago, any "new" MG cars were a very rare sight here out in the sticks of Gloucestershire. Now they are a much more frequent sight. I have since discovered Gloucestershire has two MG China/UK dealerships so the cars have a higher profile here. One dealership about twenty minutes walk from where I live, the other about the same time to drive with a quick blast down the M5.
The Chinese are not mugs in a shark infested commercial world unlike some Nation I could mention. Add all the above and that to the possible fact that the Chinese do not see the UK as a prime market for their cars ... at the moment. Nothing lasts forever. With the passing of more time, things could completely change but, it will not happen overnight.
Praise be, there a some more positive signs recently that our ever so clever UK media have at last realised how important indigenous UK Industry is in the balance of the Nation's economy, so are changing their once incessantly negative stance when reporting on such topics. Long overdue but undoing decades of harmful and permanent short term negativity is beyond possible.
It's what we Brits do. Or, since June 23rd 2016, DID is more appropriate.
Meantime I shall continue to creep about in my MGs and Rovers and happy to do so. OK, hold my hands up. I lied about creeping about ... Not long ago I was pulled over in the small hours by some Boys in Blue (BIBs) in a plain clothes dull as ditchwater grey BMW 3-Series.
Originally Posted by Very Polite Bib
"You were a bit "Brisk" there Sir"
Thinks. You bet I was. All done in the best possible legal style...
I was not born yesterday.
Oh the shame, being pulled over with the Bib's Blues all flashing away in the middle of the night .... IN A BLUDDY BMW! Where is it all going to end. I despair. All was well apparently just a routine check.
Originally Posted by Bib
Safe journey home Sir.
I did enjoy leaving them behind in the twisty bits ... several miles of them.
Well, at my age helps to pass the time....