MG opens its doors for tours

is offering tours of the historic Longbridge site every Thursday lunchtime.

Longbridge was the largest car factory in Europe immediately after the war, but it is now a far smaller operation, with much of the old site sold off for housing. However, there are still links to great days, including the office of Hebert Austin who started the whole business, apparently exactly as it was in his heyday.

In case you are wondering about the connection between Austin and MG, MG was started by arch-rivals Morris (Morris Garages), but Austin merged with Morris to form BMC in 1952. Longbridge was the traditional home of Austin, while Cowley (now the Mini plant) was the home of Morris.

Visitors will be given a two hour guided tour of the site which has been associated with cars for more than 100 years. Alongside the history, people will be able to see the latest MG6 saloons and will also be shown inside the new Technical Centre where 300 engineers work on new MG cars and components.

The next MG models will be the MG3 supermini and MG5 Focus-sized hatchback, as MG (now Chinese owned) attempts to re-emerge as a mainstream competitor in the European market.

The visits are free. Places must be booked in advance by calling 0121 251 6533.

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