Automotive News   |   Automotive News Europe   |   Autoweek   |   Automobilwoche

Automotive News China Newsletter
Register our free newsletter, sent each Monday and Thursday

     Automakers   Suppliers   Auto Show   Comment   Car Cutaway   Newsletters   Press Releases   Register for Newsletter
  Contact Us:   Editorial   Advertising   Subscription Information   |   About Us   Media Kit
Home >> Automaker Email this story   Print this story
 
SAIC opens Indian plant for MG brand
Automotive News China | 2019/5/14

SHANGHAI -- SAIC Motor Corp. launched MG output at its Indian plant in a bid to gain a foothold in the local market. 

The factory, in Halol city in the Indian state of Gujarat, can initially produce 80,000 vehicles a year, according to MG Motor India, SAICs Indian subsidiary.

The first product assembled at the Halol plant is the MG Hector, a compact crossover. Hector production began last week.

MG will begin taking orders for the vehicle in June after it is shipped to the 65 dealerships it has established in 50 Indian cities, MG India said.

SAIC plans to introduce at least three other models under MG in India over the next two years. The next vehicle to be built at the factory this year will be a battery version of the MG ZS compact crossover. 

In 2017, SAIC purchased the idled Halol plant from General Motors and renovated it. 

It is the third factory the state-owned Chinese automaker has opened overseas, following two plants it runs in Thailand along with local business Charoen Pokphand Group.

In China, SAIC assembles MG models along with its Roewe-brand vehicles in Shanghai, Nanjing and Zhengzhou. 

In 2018, MGs global sales nearly doubled to about 270,000, with deliveries of some 200,000 in China and roughly 70,000 overseas, according to SAIC. 

SAIC obtained the MG brand from its state-owned peer, Nanjing Automobile Group Co. 

In 2005, Nanjing Auto purchased the brand from bankrupt U.K. automaker MG Rover in 2005. And in 2007, Nanjing Auto was acquired by SAIC.


Related Stories
  • SAIC Q1 net profit tumbles 15% behind weak sales
  •     --Published:2019/3/5
     
  • For global automakers, the urgent but delicate need to take control of China JVs
  •     --Published:2019/22/3
     
  • VW CEO draws SAIC complaint over remarks about raising stake in joint ventures
  •     --Published:2019/19/3
     
  • SAIC, GM launch leasing unit
  •     --Published:2018/4/12
     
  • MG to sell first electric car in Europe
  •     --Published:2018/27/11
     
  • SAIC to launch ride-hailing services
  •     --Published:2018/13/11
     
  • SAIC plans MG crossover output, sales in India
  •     --Published:2018/4/9
     
  • EV-sharing services backed by Geely, SAIC seek new funding to spur growth
  •     --Published:2018/14/8
     
  • Audi set to produce at SAIC VW after buying 1% stake in venture
  •     --Published:2018/29/6
     
  • SAIC to build electrified vehicles in Ningde for southeastern China and Southeast Asia
  •     --Published:2018/1/5
     
  • SAIC's 2017 profit jumps behind Roewe, MG, joint-venture brands
  •     --Published:2018/3/4
     
  • Austria's TTTech to develop control system for SAIC's self-driving vehicle
  •     --Published:2018/20/3
     
  • SAIC-VW to build plant for EVs, report says
  •     --Published:2018/20/3
       
     
     

    Our Newsletter Editions
    Automotive News China produces two email newsletters each week. You can sort your news by the articles highlighted in each of our newsletters here.

    Select your newsletter     

     
     

    Automotive News China
    Room 1303, Building 2, Lane 99, South Hongcao Road,
    Shanghai 200233
    Telephone: 86-139-1851-5816
    Fax: 86-21-6495-0895
     
    Home | Help Center | About Us | Privacy Policy | RSS
    Entire contents © Crain Communications, Inc.
    Use of editorial content without permission is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.
    ICP06057291