14 Apr '11, 8am

See In Pictures: First new MG in 16 years

See In Pictures: First new MG in 16 years

A MG6 car is driven off the production line at the MG Longbridge factory in Birmingham. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BIRMINGHAM - THE first all-new car made by the historic MG brand for 16 years rolled off the production line in Britain on Wednesday under the eyes of its Chinese owners. The red MG6 saloon was driven off the line at the factory in Longbridge in Birmingham by the plant's only female worker, Lisa Ponter. MG unveiled the new car to the media amid clouds of dry ice and bursts of confetti six years to the week since 6,500 jobs were lost when the Rover factory closed. Now owned by Chinese car giant Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), the factory has reopened with a drastically-reduced workforce of 400. The 1.8-litre petrol, turbo-charged MG6 has a top speed of 193kmh and goes from 0-100kmh in less than nine seconds. The car was designed in Britain but the parts...

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