First new MG for 10 years rolls off Longbridge production line
Mass production of cars in Longbridge has begun again, six years after Rover went into administration at the cost of 6,500 jobs.
The MG6 is the first all-new model from the marque for over 10 years, and represents a brave new era not just for British car manufacture but for MG's Chinese owners too.
MG is owned by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), and like its fellow Chinese car firms SAIC is keen to establish a name for itself outside of the Chinese market.
Despite the Chinese ownership, the MG6 was birthed in the UK, designed by a British team based in Longbridge.
Parts for the new cars are made in China and then shipped to the UK for assembly at the Birmingham-based factory.
Local MP Richard Burden said: "Today is a real milestone for Longbridge and for the automotive industry in the West Midlands.
"Nothing will bring back the days when thousands were employed on Longbridge production lines. But the greatest tribute we can pay to the heritage that made the name Longbridge synonymous with motor manufacturing throughout the 20th century is to build a future in the 21st Century."
The MG6 goes on sale in May, starting at £15,495 with prices rising to £18,995 for the top spec version of the four-door saloon.