MG6 Goes Into Production Today—Sort Of

For those of you who are fans of the vaunted British marque MG, today is a big day.

For those of you who are fans of the vaunted British marque MG, today is a big day. For the first time in 16 years, a customer car is coming off the line at the company’s factory in Birmingham, England.

But while there is a factory there, it isn’t exactly manufacturing the MG6. At least not all of it.

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That is, MG, since 2008, has been owned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC), one of China’s leading automotive manufacturers. And as such, it has a big factory in Lingang. In that factory, the “initial production” of the MG6 sports fastback occurs. This includes “production of the car body as well as paint shop processing,” according to the MG website.

The site goes on to describe what happens in Birmingham: “connection of the engine and gearbox, as well as completing electrical connections and inserting the powertrain.”

Of course, if you had a 1.2-million square-meter factory in China, you’d probably do the same thing.