You would 'actively discourage' people from buying a new MG because it isnt final assembled at Longbridge?!
Yes, in exactly the same way as I actively discourage people from buying any other wholly foreign manufactured car - VW, Citroen, FIAT, Skoda; all brands which manufacture nothing here in the UK. MG is now no different in my eyes.
Originally Posted by snifferdog
I really am struggling to get my head around some peoples reaction.
And why would they stop selling them in the UK now that they are surpassing long-standing brands such as Subaru and closing in on Alfa Romeo sales-wise?! Especially now that they have been able to cut costs at Longbridge and streamline the business model?
Because their cars are not performing sales wise. I do not believe for one minute that sales of the already ageing MG3 will continue to rise for much longer. I can't really see the new SUV type vehicles doing any better. Added to which, SAIC has never had any enthusiasm for selling its products outside China and was only forced into doing so by Chinese Government policy.
I also can't see any reason why UK MG dealers will want to continue with a brand that offers cars which (according to reliable reviews) don't measure up to the competition, don't seem to appeal to buyers, and so far have appeared to be outdated compared with the competition by the time they have been launched onto the UK market. Whilst MG currently keeps announcing the appointment of new dealerships, you don't hear so much about the ones that have given up (one Lincolnshire dealer gave up a while ago after having been continuously an MG/Rover/Austin dealer for a good many years).
No matter how you try and paint positives to the figures (and goodness knows I have been trying very hard to find positives in the last few years), the UK sales performance of the models they have offered here has been desperately poor. This is a supposed volume car manufacturer - they should be selling thousands per month, not the low hundreds, especially as both the MG6 and MG3 have been available long enough for volumes to develop. Volumes in other markets have been pretty pathetic too, and even in China MG (and Roewe haven't exactly been dominating the new car sales figures. Sorry, but MG are going nowhere fast.
Perhaps I'm one of the few. I like to buy British built cars..it's why I bought MGR cars and from the predecessor organisations. .........
So I guess unless you are in the market for an exotic car such as Bentley or Aston Martin it has to be a Jag or Land Rover. Of course this is only the case if you are buying new. So I guess all the usual hate posters only buy new cars?
Sadly, for most ordinary people on ordinary rates of pay, Jaguar and Land Rover also come under the heading of 'Exotic'. Ordinary people on ordinary pay can't even dream of affording one new (or even recent second hand).
Why do you seem to suffer from the quaint view that if you don't buy new, it doesn't count? Second hand car buyers are just as important in supporting UK manufacture - how much do you think your expensive new car would be worth when you come to change it if it were not for the second hand buyers? That's right - absolutely nothing, so you wouldn't buy it in the first place (or having bought it at great cost, wouldn't buy another until that one was worn out beyond economical repair).