MG Motor will launch production next week of the first all-new car to be built in Longbridge, England, in 16 years as the carmaker's Chinese owner, SAIC Motor Corp., seeks to revive the British marque.
Full customer production of the MG6 will begin on Wednesday, April 13, MG Motor said in a statement on Thursday.
The five-seat MG6 will launch in the UK later this year. The MG6s made in Longbridge will also serve as a platform for tapping the European market in the future, SAIC executives have said.
The MG6 was designed and engineered by the SAIC Motor's European technical center in Longbridge.
SAIC became the owner of MG Rover's 10,000-unit Longbridge plant after a merger in 2007 with its much smaller rival, Nanjing Automobile Group. Nanjing Automobile acquired the factory after MG Rover, the UK's last domestic volume carmaker, collapsed because of financial difficulties.
About 400 people are employed at MG Motor and the technical center, working in automotive styling, design, engineering, manufacturing and support services.
MG Motor currently builds the mid-engine MG TF sports car, which is sold through a network of 38 dealers in the UK.