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MGs return to Longbridge

03 August 2005

Chinese manufacturer Nanjing has confirmed it will restart production at Longbridge following its successful bid for the assets of MG Rover.

Sketches of future look for MGs by automotive-engineering specialist Arup

Chinese manufacturer Nanjing has confirmed it will restart production at Longbridge following its successful bid for the assets of MG Rover.

Although no timescale has been given, a new line of MG sports cars will be developed and built at the Midlands plant. Until now, Nanjing had not said where it would build its future products.

The cars will be developed by Nanjing in association with its existing partner Arup, an engineering consultancy, and the newly formed GB Sports Car Company.

This will be headed by Fraser Welford-Winton, who has previously held managing-director roles with Powertrain, MG Rover's engine division, and Delphi Corporation, a major components supplier in the automotive industry.

Welford-Winton said: 'I am delighted I will be at the heart of the development and implementation of a business plan that will produce long-term skilled jobs at Longbridge.'

The only glimpse of products that Nanjing has put forward are sketches by Arup, which previously worked with Rover to develop the sportier MG versions of its cars.

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