On this day in auto history – April 13th

Tue 13th Apr 2021

It was on this day in 2011 that the first new MG for 16 years rolled off the production line in Longbridge, Birmingham - the ill-fated MG6.

MG - under Chinese ownership since the collapse of MG Rover in 2005 - had high hopes that the family-sized hatchback would revive the brand in the UK but the vehicle flopped badly after lukewarm reviews.

Designed and assembled in the the UK using Chinese parts, the MG6 was criticised for its indifferent handling and lower dash plastics and never came remotely close to hitting initial sales projections.

A 2015 facelift saw the MG6 garner slightly better reviews but the vehicle still didn’t catch fire with the UK public and it came as no surprise when it was withdrawn from the British market in 2016.