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MG sales stay robust on strength of MG ZS crossover, MG6 sedan
Automotive News China | 2018/2/23

Sales of MG, now owned by SAIC Motor Corp., have remained strong in China, soaring 163 percent year on year to 24,057 vehicles in January. 

The increase was led by the MG ZS compact crossover and the upgraded MG6 compact sedan.

Last month, MG ZS deliveries reached 10,913. Monthly sales of the MG6 increased to nearly 10,000 after its upgraded version hit the domestic market in early November, said SAIC. 

Thanks to MGs robust volume, sales of SAICs passenger vehicle unit, which also builds and sells Roewe vehicles, surged 81 percent from a year earlier to 73,036 in January.

In 2005, Chinas Nanjing Automobile Group Co. bought MG from bankrupt U.K. automaker MG Rover. In 2007, Nanjing Auto was acquired by SAIC.

Among SAICs two proprietary car brands, Roewe vehicles are sold only in China while MG targets domestic and international markets. 

SAIC assembles MG and Roewe vehicles in Shanghai, Nanjing and Zhengzhou.  

While continuing to sell MG vehicles in the United Kingdom, the state-owned Chinese automaker has opened two plants in Rayong and Chonburi, Thailand, to build right-hand-drive MG models for the Thai and other Southeast Asian markets. 

In 2017, SAIC also started selling imported MG models in Chile and Saudi Arabia. 

Last year, MGs global sales surged 88 percent year on year to approach 140,000 on demand for the MG ZS and the upgraded MG6, according to SAIC.

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