September 10, 2023

Once a legendary British marque, but now under Chinese ownership, MG announced this week that its newest all-electric vehicle will be launched in the UK from September. 

Available with battery capacities from 51kWh to 64kWh, the , with a top speed of 99mph and acceleration from rest to 62mph in less than 8 seconds. 

It is expected to cost from £30,000 and take on Volkswagen’s ID.3 and the Nissan Leaf. 

Clever proposition: The new Chinese-owned, but British-designed, MG4 EV

A key clever feature is a one-size-fits-all super-slim 110mm integrated battery-pack system, which can be upgraded via wifi or replaced completely if the owner wants more power or range. 

The rear-wheel drive platform promises 50:50 weight distribution and an enhanced driving experience, with improved road-holding, driver engagement, and interior passenger and luggage space. 

MG is now owned by China’s biggest car-maker SAIC, having been snapped up for a song when the then British-owned MG Rover scandalously went bust in 2005 under a team led by disgraced former Rover boss John Towers. 

With cars now designed in Marylebone, London, but built in various locations abroad, the reborn MG boasts it is ‘the fastest-growing car brand in the UK’ with a six-car range of ‘affordable’ hatchbacks, estates and SUVs. 

MG also continues to make a big play in its publicity material about the brand’s strong UK heritage and history. 

David Allison, MG UK head of product and planning, said: ‘The MG4 EV is a key part of our next phase of growth.’ All the more surprising then that MG should so badly disrespect potential customers in its original home market by only officially unveiling the new car in Britain this week — seven days after its European preview on June 28. 

Why not simultaneously?

Maybe bosses genuinely don’t think Britain is geographically part of Europe?

Tough new pick-up is pick-me-up 

With all the political turmoil and excitement of this week, you may feel like a well-earned pick-me-up. 

Or maybe a tough new pick-up. 

Step forward the next generation of the rugged rufty-tufty Volkswagen Amarok. 

Pick-me-up: The next generation of the rugged rufty-tufty Volkswagen Amarok

Designed and conceived in Germany and Australia, it is being built in South Africa and was developed in co-operation with Ford, making it a close sibling of the rival Ford Ranger. 

It will be launched in the UK initially as a four-door double-cab in five specifications — a basic version along with Life, Style, 해외에이전시 Aventura (for on-road focus) and Panamericana (for off-road) — followed by the more utilitarian two-door single-cab. 

The newcomer is powered by up to five turbocharged engines, including a 250hp 3-litre turbocharged V6 diesel and a 302hp 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol unit.

Suzuki in UK tops league for customer satisfaction

The off-beat Japanese carmaker, currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took top slot in the Institute of Customer Service’s six-monthly barometer of satisfaction, being ranked as the top automotive brand overall of 27 manufacturers measured. 

Getting ahead: Suzuki, currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took top slot in the Institute of Customer Service’s six-monthly barometer of satisfaction

And across 265 named organisations in all commercial sectors, Suzuki was ranked joint fifth overall — alongside Marks & Spencer and just behind UK Power Networks, Timpson, John Lewis, and Tesco Mobile — in the institute’s UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI). 

Customers were questioned on how they were treated, covering trust, experience, ethos, emotional connection, ethics, and loyalty. 

Suzuki GB chief, Nobuo Suyama, said: ‘It’s an excellent achievement.

The efforts of our staff and dealers has again really paid off.’ 

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