MG has started production of its new MG6 at the Longbridge production plant in Birmingham.
The MG6 five-seat small family car is the first new model for the brand in 16 years and the first new model to enter production at the factory since MG Rover went bust in 2005 with the loss of more than 6000 jobs.
Chinese company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation bought the company and now 400 employees work at the plant.
Other models are in the pipeline from the manufacturer, although many are expected to be imported from China rather than built in Birmingham. This includes an MG3 supermini due next year.
Although production has started at Longbridge today, the tsunami tragedy in Japan continues to have far-reaching effects around the world and has hit other car plants in the UK. Production at both the Honda plant in Swindon and the Nissan factory in Sunderland has been cut to cope with parts shortages caused by the earthquake.