Famed British brand MG is returning to Australia as Chinese parent company SAIC Motor announces plans to establish a new Australian offshoot.
Called SAIC Motor Australia, the new company will “focus on strengthening connections between the Australian and Chinese auto industries”.
The carmaker says Australia will be the base for a planned expansion program through Oceania, and that the revival of MG will be a major component of that program.
Previously, MG as we now know it arrived in Australia in 2013 with a single model, the MG6. Sales were somewhat restricted, however, as just a single dealer existed for the brand locally (located on Sydney’s Parramatta Road).
The Sydney dealer has been out of action for some time, but a relaunch for MG is planned for later this year. This time, there will be several dealers from the get-go, with more expected to join the brand in 2017.
MG has kick-started its comeback by donating an MG6 to the charity Variety (pictured, below), suggesting that the model will again be available to local customers later this year.
Besides the MG 6, the company’s first models for Australia will be confirmed in October, but current sales trends suggest the MG GS SUV (pictured, top of page) could be on the list.
“We are proud to announce the formation and opening of our subsidiary in Australia, which delivers against our strategic plan for expanding our business in the Oceania region,” SAIC Motor Australia general manager, Mr Zhu Chao said.
“We have found that the ambitions of Australia closely reflect the vision of our company, which is to be innovative, globally recognised and focused on pioneering the future.”
SAIC Motor operates other brands besides MG, and the company hasn’t ruled out introducing more vehicles - including commercials - to Australia in the future. The carmaker says it owns intellectual property rights to various fuel-cell, all-electric and plug-in hybrid technologies.