....... I thought SMC engineers had completed all remaining cars back in 2007. .....
No MG Rover cars were completed in 2007 - a significant number were finished off in the summer of 2005, and then more shells were built up later in 2005 where parts were in store to enable this - this was after NAC had removed the lines and those cars were built up where they had been placed on the factory floor when the NAC workers lifted them off the lines they were removing. Terry/ts autos gave some information about it (he was there as one of the key workers on the 75/ZT line, recalled by the administrators - see posts #23, #25 and #29 in this thread: Some big claims on a ZT
The removal of most of the assembly lines by NAC was probably the most bizarre event of all, when they had nowhere to install them once they arrived in China, precipitating a two year delay whilst they got new factory buildings erected at Pukou. The sensible thing to have done would have been to get the Longbridge lines restarted as soon as they could get components suppliers to supply again, and build up stocks of cars for the remaining UK dealers, before then moving the lines. Had there been continuity of supply to keep dealers in business, and had SAIC been able to supply the 6 and 3 to established dealers operating with a continuous brand availabilty, perhaps they might have done a little better.
I wonder, (had the Rover 25/MG ZR still been in production at Longbridge), whether their current sales in 2016 would have exceeded those of the MG models currently available?? I think they probably would.
By most reports, the MG6 and MG3 are regarded by many (if not most) as inferior, the much vaunted new engines that were supposedly being designed by SMTC at Longbridge, have mostly not appeared, or we are now led to believe are not able to comply with current emissions standards, and as far as I can see, there are no reports of forthcoming MGs in development beyond the forthcoming SUV type vehicles (and I have a distinct suspicion that most of what we have seen or heard about over the last 10 years has merely been a continuation of projects ongoing at the time of the collapse of MG Rover), one has to ask what exactly the designers/engineers at SMTC (both here and in China) have actually been doing, and prompts me to ask how long it will be before SAIC say that SMTC UK "is no longer required" ??