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British automobile model MG returns to Singapore, Motoring News & Top Stories

Classic British automobile model MG, now owned by Chinese automotive big SAIC, is again in business in Singapore, after an absence of almost 15 years.

It has appointed Simply Cars – a used automobile dealer and parallel importer of common German manufacturers since 2006 – as its agent.

The company first revealed plans to herald MG automobiles again in 2014. It is lastly occurring now.

The first mannequin to debut is the MG ZS compact crossover and an preliminary batch of 20 automobiles has arrived.

The ZS offered in Singapore is made in Thailand, however imported from Britain, the place the MG manufacturing unit makes modifications to the automobile’s exhaust system to make it adjust to Singapore’s Euro 6 emission requirements.

The ZS – MG’s second sport utility car – is powered by a turbocharged 1-litre three-cylinder engine (made in Zhejiang, China), with a six-speed automated gearbox transmitting 111hp of energy and 160Nm of torque to the entrance wheels.

The automobile’s zero to 100kmh acceleration is 12.four seconds and its prime pace is 180kmh. The speedometer is UK-spec (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence), so its mph digits are extra distinguished than its kmh digits.

The entrance finish of the ZS seems to be a bit of just like the earlier Mazda CX-5, however the MG is far nearer to the Honda HR-V/Vezel in dimension and wheelbase.

Two variations of the ZS can be found – the essential Excite model and the better-equipped Exclusive. The latter has extra options comparable to xenon headlights, a 360-degree digital camera system and a Garmin navigation system – all of that are fitted in MG’s Thailand manufacturing unit.

The Exclusive model can be retrofitted in Singapore with leather-based upholstery and electrically adjustable entrance seats.

The ZE Excite is priced at $113,000 with a “guaranteed certificate of entitlement”, whereas the tag for the Exclusive is $120,000.

The primary mannequin has an open market worth (OMV, or approximate automobile value earlier than taxes) of about $19,000, so it’s eligible for 70 per cent financing.

Simply Cars senior director David Ng says that he plans to open a devoted MG facility on the Leng Kee Road motor belt “by the end of this year”. In the meantime, he has tied up with two workshops to supply a five-year/100,000km guarantee for the brand new MG ZS.

The subsequent MG to be launched in Singapore would be the MG3 hatchback, a compact five-door with the identical 1-litre drivetrain because the ZS. It is scheduled to reach subsequent month.

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