In 1927, the English automobile company "MG" was registered, founded by the designer William Morris, who, being the leader and founder of another English brand "Morris", had been creating prototypes of cars of various classes for many years. In the same year, the MG Midjet compact sports roadster was introduced, which had a huge impact on all subsequent sports car models of other brands. After just a couple of years of MG's existence, William Morris sold his parent company Morris Motors, making it managing director of the famous manager of the time, Leonard Lord.
In the 1950s, the MG company, which successfully survived the Second World War, thanks to the supply of power units for the British aviation, came under the control of the BMC concern, which also included Aston Martin. For 16 years, a whole scattering of new models has been presented, which were in great demand among buyers from the UK, the United States of America and continental Europe. The main advantage of the models was the unique front suspension, first introduced on the MG Y-Type, followed by the MGA and MGB models, as well as the Fastback. The pinnacle of the evolution of the brand's cars was the second generation MG Midjet, presented in 1961. Under the hood of the model are four-cylinder power units with a capacity of 46 to 90 horsepower.
However, in 1968, such brands as “Rover”, “Jaguar” and “Triumph” entered the BMC concern, which put an end to the further existence of “MG”. A few months after the takeover of these brands, the management of BMC closed the MG brand, and the production of Rover vehicles began at the company's factories.
In 1982, the management of British Leyland, formerly BMC, decided to reactivate the MG brand. The compact Metro and Maestro models were presented, which were in good demand among buyers in the UK market, but due to the success of another British Leyland compact car, the Mini, production of MG cars was phased out again.
In 2000, the Rover company, which was part of British Leyland, as well as all the production facilities of MG and Mini, were sold to the German concern BMW. This is how the MG-Rover enterprise was created, which began the production of BMW cars for the British automotive market. However, the enterprises were recognized as unprofitable. MG-Rover lost its Mini division, which became an independent BMW division with manufacturing facilities in the UK. In the process of gradually closing the firm, it tried to release several new car models in 2004, but a year later MG-Rover came under the control of the Chinese company Nanjing Auto.
MG factories in the UK were closed and car production moved to China, where local engineers immediately set about updating the 2004 Rover range. Thanks to the fact that all the technologies of the British brand passed into the possession of Nanjing Auto, the MG 550, 6 and 350 models were presented, which became very popular in the Chinese automotive market. In addition, in 2009 an agreement was concluded with the Italian concern FIAT, which led to the start of production of cars under the MG brand exclusively for the Chinese market. In 2011, a partnership with General Motors was announced, which allowed the start of production of the MG 5, which has been on sale in the United States car market since 2013.
Thanks to the serious investment of the parent company, a racing division called Triple Eight Race Engineering was founded in the revived MG concern, which successfully competes in the British Touring Car Championship.
Based on the 2013 sales tally, MG showed excellent results and a positive upward trend. It was noted that it is much higher than that of many of the company's competitors. At the Beijing International Automobile Salon, MG once again presented the entire model range for review. This decision has long been a tradition that the company has been following regularly for many years. The latest development, the MG DYNAMO electric car concept, was also shown. In May, the brand entered the list of the best car companies in the UK, taking an honorable third place. The experts rated the handling of MG cars somewhat lower, which was reflected in the sixth place in the corresponding rating.