A Sporting MG.

By Mark Andrews

South China Morning Post. 19/11/2016

The MG brand evokes a certain nostalgia for some drivers but the marque is now catching up by putting the sport into its MG GS sport utility vehicle

<p>British Leyland, Austin Rover, MG Rover, or whatever else you want to call it, was like a British soap opera – long running, with a plot lurching from one crisis to another, with never really any glamour and it generally left you feeling disappointed. It should have been all over in 2005 with the appointment of the administrators, but the Chinese decided to kick-start their car industry with the remains of the last British volume carmaker.</p>

<p>MG Roewe, by way of divorce, reconciliation and a name change, has not only taken on the heritage but inadvertently the drama. The Rover SD1, 800 and 75 were all meant to be the last-chance saloon under British ownership, full of potential but never quite achieving what they should have. With Roewe seeming to be the domestic brand, and MG for both export and Chinese sales, it is up to the marque previously best known for small sports cars to breathe life into the company.</p>

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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