Austin Healey name set for return

13 June 2007

  • Deal between Nanjing and Healey
  • Agreement ends trademark disputes
  • Production could be based at Longbridge

The Austin Healey could make a return, thanks to an deal made yesterday

A new range of Healey and Austin Healey sports cars could be launched, following a deal announced yesterday.

Nanjing Automobile Corporation, the Chinese owners of MG Rover since July 2005, said it had reached an agreement with Healey Automobile Consultants Ltd and HFI Automotive Ltd to collaborate on the future development of the Healey and Austin Healey brands and sports cars.

The agreement ends long-standing disputes over the ownership of the brands and trademarks, and paves the way for the return of the Austin marque - something Nanjing announced it wanted to use on new models last year.

Last year HFI, which is owned by a British and American consortium, announced that work on coupe and roadster versions of a modern-day Healey 3000 was 'well advanced' and started taking deposits for the cars.

The Nanjing Automobile Corporation recently restarted production of the MG TF sports car at the UK's Longbridge plant in Birmingham.

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