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Egyptian British Automotive (EBA) is an exclusive MG agent for the Arab Republic of Egypt and kingdom of Morocco .

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History & Heritage

The birth of a British icon

The history of MG began nearly 90 years ago in 1924. The famous initials we know and love were chosen by Cecil Kimber, the founder of MG. Kimber chose the letters as a “nod” to William Morris, his employer, and the owner of Morris Garages. Kimber, didn’t just come up with our name. He also created the first line of MGs. He started out by fitting coach-built tourer bodies to the Morris Cowley chassis, creating cars known as the Morris Garage Chummys. A few years later, in 1924, he designed the 14/28 Super Sports model, the first true MG, and the car that premiered the octagonal logo which has journeyed with us ever since.

MG Milestones

  • 1924 – Cecil Kimber, Morris Garages General Manager, found a niche market for modified Morris cars that were faster and a little more sporty. It didn’t take long before MG was known for its “affordable performance” cars.
  • 1st May 1924 – MG trademark.1st September 1924 – MG’s 14/28 Super Sports model went on sale.
  • MG’s competition success in the 30s was characterised by a class win with the K3 at the 1933 Mille Miglia road race – the first time a non-Italian team had won.
  • 1952 – Longbridge designed and manufactured the A and B-Series engines. These would provide the power behind the MG Midget and Z Series Magnette, MGA and MGB.
  • On Wednesday, 16 May 1956 the 100,000th MG was produced. This was the LHD MGA 1500.
  • The first MG built in Longbridge was the MG1100/1300 family in 1962.
  • The 1,000,000th car was built in October 1975 – a unique LHD MGB roadster finished in Brooklands Green, with Jubilee GT livery and wheels.
  • Tuesday 9th May 2000 – MG Rover Group is formed following separation from the BMW Group.
  • The 1,500,000th MG, a Golden Jubliee celebration special TF 160 was produced on 16 April 2002.
  • 26th December 2007 NAC merges with SAIC, China’s largest car maker.
  • 4th September 2008, the first of the new Limited Edition MGTF LE 500 leaves the Birmingham factory.
  • May 2011 – the MG6 GT, the first all-new MG in 16 years is launched in the UK.
  • June 2011 – the MG6 Magnette (saloon version of the MG6 is launched)
  • November 2012 – Following the success at the British Touring Car Championships with Jason Plato, an MG6 GT BTCC Special Edition is released
  • January 2013 – A new 1.9 DTi-TECH Diesel engine is released for the MG6 range
  • April 2013 – The UK MG3 is revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show – as well as the new MG CS Concept car

 

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SAIC Group roots began in 1955 with the formation of the Shanghai City Diesel Parts Manufacturing Company. After initially focusing on powertrain product, SAIC began automobile manufacturing in 1958 with its first vehicle, the Phoenix. In the years that followed, SAIC formed several equal ownership joint ventures with other motor manufacturers to create what is now the largest listed vehicle-making corporation on the Chinese A-share stock market. Key joint ventures include the passenger vehicle focused Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) and Shanghai General Motors (SGM), and commercial vehicle joint ventures include Naveco and the Shanghai Sunwin Bus Corporation.

SAIC Group\’s growth has been consistently strong, with annual sales of 1 million vehicles in 2005, 2 million in 2009 and 3 million in 2010. In 2012, sales reached 4.49 million vehicles, a year-on-year increase of 11.9%, despite the slowdown in the total market growth. SAIC Group was ranked among the Fortune Global 500 for the eighth time in 2012 on the strength of consolidated sales income of 67.25 billion US dollars for the previous year, taking 130th place on the list and rising 21 places over its 2011 position.

In addition to production and sales of passenger and commercial vehicles, SAIC Group also has interests in a number of vehicle component businesses as well as supporting automotive services such as auto financing.

2005 saw an important milestone in the group\’s development with the introduction of a new SAIC owned brand, Roewe.

An important focus of SAIC Group today is in the development of innovative new automotive energy systems. The Roewe 750 Hybrid, offering fuel efficiency improvements of an average 50% over the conventional model was the first product of this development program. 2012 saw the introduction of the first SAIC-manufactured all-electric vehicle, the Roewe E50, fulfilling the promise of zero-emission vehicles, with further developments underway for the launch of a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the near future.

Through a spirit of independent innovation and focus on consumer and environmental demands, SAIC Group is now the seventh largest automotive manufacturer globally.

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THE MG CAR CLUB is the original club for MG Owners based in the heart of MG country, Abingdon in Oxfordshire. We are a not for profit organisation, with seven full time staff and a worldwide membership of 35,000 people. We welcome every type of MG, from the very first cars to the very latest.

The MG Car Club was formed in 1930 by the MG factory, when in Abingdon, and has been providing top quality support for generations of MG Owners ever since. Our strong factory connections mean we possess a wealth of historical material at our headquarters.

The Club’s Head Office, Kimber House in Cemetery Road, Abingdon, is sited on the edge of what was once the MG Car Company’s headquarters and factory – where Cecil Kimber (Managing Director from 1935-1945) and John Thornley (General Manager and subsequently Managing Director) successfully ran one of the world’s most well-known and well-respected car manufacturing companies.