New MG3 supermini an international hit
- New MG3 extremely popular
- Baby MG draws buyers all over the world
- Affordable luxury in South Africa
The amazing new MG3 supermini, which was unveiled at the Johannesburg International Motorshow in October last year with its local launch planned for the first half of 2014, has become the fastest selling car at MG dealers in the UK.
John Newey, a dealer who runs the Summit Garage Dealership in Dudley in the Midlands near Birmingham, said they have taken double-digit orders for MG3s and expect lots more as people begin to realise just what a great value-for-money package the car is.
“We’ve had customers trading in various other models from other brands and they have all been staggered by the low price and high levels of standard equipment on the MG3.”
A total of 13 new MG dealerships have opened across the UK in the past 20 months as the dealer network continues to expand. On local shores MG, with its headquarters in Randburg, has opened new dealerships all over South Africa over the last two years, with more to come.
“We now have 15 MG dealerships in all the major centres all over South Africa, with a further 10 planned to open this year,” says MG South Africa General Manager Derrick Bishop.
The new MG3, boasting three models – the flagship MG3 Style, the mid-range MG3 Wired and the entry level MG3 – will be launched in South Africa in May of 2014.
All models are powered by a sporty DOHC VTi-TECH petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox and have the same great MG chassis designed to make driving the MG3 a bit more fun than any average car in this segment. The 1,5ℓ engine delivers 78kW at 6 000 rpm and 137Nm of torque at 4 750 rpm, making it an easily driveable car. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h is expected to be around 10 seconds, reaching a top speed in excess of 175 km/h.
The latest MGs have all the hallmarks of earlier MGs, and interestingly the latest MGs are attracting buyers who have never owned MGs before.
In recent months new MG dealerships have opened in Polokwane and Mokopane.
They join the ranks of existing MG dealers in Gauteng (East and West Rand), the Free State (Bloemfontein), Western Cape (Cape Town), KwaZulu-Natal (Umhlanga and Durban), Eastern Cape (East London and Port Elizabeth), Northern Cape (Kimberley), North West (Klerksdorp) and Mpumalanga (Nelspruit).