2012 MG6 gets better fuel economy, reduced CO2 emissions

Article by Christian A., on April 12, 2012

Those who have recently bought the MG6 are likely to be pleased with the improved production methods that were used. In particular, the driver gets better fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions and lower road tax. And because of these new systems, the prices of the all MG6 GT and MG6 Magnette models are now lower.

Most of the production improvements were carried out at MG Motor UK’s factory in Birmingham where final assembly and quality sign-off of the MG6 range is accomplished. The MG Birmingham site has two centres of excellence where 300 designers and engineers have been working to make these cars. The CO2 emission levels of the latest 2012 model year cars have decreased from 184g/km to 174g/km, cutting the Vehicle Excise Duty by one band.

This results to savings of £50 on the road tax for the first year and then it will just be £20 a year after that. The fuel economy rating is improved with the urban cycle going up from 26.1mpg to 27.7mpg (+1.6mpg). The extra urban cycle gets a boost from 45.2mpg to 48.7mpg (+3.5mpg) while the combined figure goes up from 35.6mpg to 37.7mpg (+2.1mpg). With these improvements in VED figures, there is a £40 reduction in the recommended-on-the-road prices for all MG6 models.

The entry-level MG6 unit is priced from £15,455 for an MG6 GT fastback in S model trim. These changes mean that the on-the-road prices for MG6 GT models in SE trim have fallen from £16,995 to £16,955 and the TSE trim model is cheaper from £18,995 to £18,955. The flagship MG6 Magnette model is priced lower from £19,995 to £19,955.

Guy Jones, Sales and Marketing Director at MG Motor UK, said that the price adjustments for the MG when combined with the outstanding debut by Jason Plato and Andy Neate in racing versions of the MG6 at the Brands Hatch opening races of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship would be good news to all enthusiasts. Jason won the third race and is now at the top of championship points board. The next round at Donington is on April 15.

In addition to being a sporty fastback model that can seat five, the MG6 was designed to make sure that it would be able describe best what the MG brand is all about. It is also expected to bring something new and different to the market. While it is not the first model to come from MG Motor, it is however the most recent release after the MG F sports car.

The official launch of the MG6 was during the 2009 Guangzhou Auto show held in China and the event marked an important milestone for the brand as it served to show its future as a global brand. With China considered to be the largest automotive market in the world, the launching of the MG6 meant that the brand could start the international sales for this model, which would include the UK market.

Sales of the MG6 are expected to begin in China by January with the UK market, as well as those in other countries, to follow in 2010. The brand revealed as well that the production of the MG6 will be done at the high-tech facility located in Lingang, China, and start by December 2009. Meanwhile the MG6 will also be manufactured at the facility in Birmingham, UK, and will commence towards the end of 2010.

MG Motor UK Sales and Marketing Director Guy Jones shared that the launch of the MG6 is not just a milestone for the brand but for the entire automotive market of UK. Designed and then engineered in the UK, the new model will be sold in the automotive market worldwide and it has already started the international launch, he added. At present, he continued, the brand both manufactures and sells the MG TF mid-engined sports car. Director Jones said further that the brand expected to widen the range of its products.

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