Rich and Iconic
MG's abundant history began almost 90 years ago. In 1924, the now famous initials of the British automaker were chosen by the founder of the company himself, Cecil Kimber. Kimber happened on the letters as a "nod" to William Morris – the owner of Morris Garages who also was his employer.
At the time Kimber chose the company name or initials, he also created the first line of MGs in its decades-spanning history. This was made possible by fitting coach-built tourer bodies to the Morris Cowley chassis, which created cars dubbed as the Morris Garage Chummys.
In 1924, Kimber also designed the 14/28 Super Sports model – probably the truest and the rawest MG in its extensive lineup. With the car's launch, the company premiered its octagonal logo which has now been a part of our collective, automobile memories ever since.
MG was absorbed with Morris into The British Motor Corporation Limited, which was created in 1952, to merge Morris Motors Limited and The Austin Motor Company Limited. In 1956, the company launched the MG ZB Magnette which polarized a slew of consumers. Nevertheless, the car's solid performance plus its superior features made it everyone's favorite in no time.
MG's streak of success didn't end there as in 1957, the company's MG EX181 set a record-breaking speed of 245.64mph. Such a feat was only rivaled and defeated by another MG variant which was recorded a year after that.
Also during this time, the firm experienced some of its most fruitful years right until the retirement of its long-time service manager John Thornley in 1969.
Under BMC's tutelage, several MG models were no more than badge-developed versions of other marques, with the exception being its small MG sports cars. BMC finally took over Jaguar Cars in September 1966. Almost three months after, BMC changed its name to British Motor Holdings. In 1968, the rejuvenated BMH joined with Leyland Motor Corporation to ultimately form British Leyland Motor Corporation.
Subsequently, the brand MG notoriously traded hands several times. Apart from the British Motor Corporation and British Leyland in 1952 and 1975, the company also dealt with the same development with the British Aerospace (BAe) in 1988, BMW in 1994, then finally to the MG Rover Group in 2000.
When the year 2000 finally eclipsed, MG Rover Group was formed, following its separation from the BMW Group. Within that timeline, the production of the new TF started with a 101 VIN after the firm's Longbridge telephone number (1012 475 2101) tradition.
On April 16, 2002, the 1,500,000th MG – a Golden Jubilee celebration special TF 160 was launched. On April 8, 2005, the MG Rover Group entered the administration and the brand was purchased by China's oldest carmaker, NAC. Another successful Chinese merging happened on December 26 2007 when NAC coalesced with SAIC.
The first all-new model from MG in its main stronghold for 16 years – the MG 6 – was officially unveiled on June 26, 2011.
MG Conquers The Philippines
The British carmaker Morris Garages officially reached the Philippine shores in October 2018. The company was established under its noted partnership with The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCI), which currently serves as MG's official local distributor. The Shanghai-headquartered firm launched three new passenger vehicles – the MG RX5 compact SUV, the MG6 fastback sedan, and the MG ZS crossover.
The MG Philippines, under the TCCCI, is driven to make an enduring impact in the local market, and with its plan to unveil more vehicles in the following months, the brand is looking at a brighter horizon. The company is also set to establish 16 independent dealerships which should readily serve the need relative to its consumers' after-sales service and new car inquiries.
Currently, there is about less than 10 new dealer areas that are now under the company's wing. Meanwhile, its independent dealer partners Genesis Motors Corporation, Grandcars Inc., Juno Cars, Inc., Profitfleet Inc., Rev-Up Automobile Corporation, and Angcore Motor Company, Incorporated are all set to offer fully operational showrooms in 2019.
MG's newest compact SUV is fueled by a 1.5-litre turbocharged gasoline engine which delivers 162 hp and 250 Nm, mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
Also among its hallmarks can be found right inside its cabin, front-lined by an eight-inch touch screen infotainment system which features MG iLink software and Apple CarPlay.
The MG RX5 also includes modern driving aids like keyless entry, push start/stop, cruise control, and electronic parking brake with auto-hold function.
Introducing two variants – the MT Core and the AT Style, the former is priced at PHP 1,058,888 while the latter carries a price tag of PHP 1,228,888.
The brand's fastback sedan is an homage to MG's racing heritage. It features two-tone seats, dash, and door panels. The vehicle, which offers two variants – the AT Alpha 9 (priced at PHP 1,068,888) and the AT Trophy (PHP 1,188,888), is also powered by a turbo-charged 1.5-liter engine which revs up 162 hp and 250 Nm of torque.
The MG6 is also noted for its great array of safety features which includes ABS, cornering brake control, electronic brake assist, hill-start assist, electronic brake distribution, tire-pressure monitoring, and traction control.
Aimed at the likes of the hugely popular Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3, the MG ZS also banks on its most appealing feature – its affordability. Alongside its attractive price point, ZS' real selling point can also be attributed by its seven-year/80,000mile manufacturer warranty which the company claims as class-leading. Likewise, the MG ZS' interior offerings are also top-grade, besides its sharp and well-executed design features.
The MG ZS is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre which serves up 114 hp and 150 Nm. MG claims that such a feature punches above its price-class with top-tiered features and stylings. At the time of its launch, the MG ZS were offered in three variants – the MT Style (priced at PHP 818,000), the AT Style (PHP 868,000) and the AT Alpha (PHP 998,888).