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SAIC unveils MG 6 fastback at Guangzhou

Filed by Lucire staff/November 23, 2009/11.43

MG 6MG has shown its 6 fastback, the first all-new model developed for the marque since Chinese interests took over the British firm.
   Based around the architecture of the Roewe 550 sedan, which in turn is based loosely on the late 1990s’ Rover 75, the production version of the MG 6 was unveiled at the Guangzhou Motor Show today.
   The car is powered by the same 1·8-litre engine, and the range-topper is a turbocharged model.
   Currently, no plans for export to Europe and the UK have been announced. SAIC, MG’s parent company, says it will be sold within China only.
   The SAIC publicity machine has stressed how the fastback shape was pioneered by the British. While not actually true, it is a way to have Chinese consumers consider a five-door model, in a country where four-door, booted sedans are usually favoured. Europeans generally favour hatchbacks to three-box saloons.
   The fastback claim also ties in to the British image established for the brand by NAC, MG’s original Chinese purchaser, and SAIC, which took over NAC.
   A second new model will also be shown at Guangzhou, presumably a sedan based on the Roewe 350, to slot between the MG 3 SW and the 6.
   A new logo was also unveiled. The traditional octagonal form remains, but the original Morris Garages name also appears as a tagline.
   Bitauto has shots of the car as displayed at Guangzhou.

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