The MG Motor brand has been launched in Ireland with electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
The cars will be available from six dealerships in nationwide this month, with Shiels Galway being the first in Connacht.
MG is owned by SAIC Motor Corporation (a Chinese state-owned company ), and MG Motor cars are all built in China, and imported from there in to Europe.
When the original MG was launched back in the 1920s, it took just three years to create the world’s best-selling sports car. Today’s cars are very different, but the MG brand’s heritage and name recognition will probably help boost sales.
The MG ZS EV and the HS Plug-in Hybrid EV will be the first cars available this month. The launch release promises another electric model with the MG5 EV Sportwagon available from early 2021.
The ZS EV is described as a compact SUV crossover, which claims to have a range of 263km. The distributor says prices start from €28,995 for the MG ZS EV Excite. The MG HS Plug-in Hybrid EV i described as a mid-sized family SUV that seats five adults.
The distributor claims that in pure EV mode the HS PHEV has a 52km driving range from a 90kW electric motor. It adds that a full recharge of the hybrid battery takes three hours.
Pricing for the HS Plug-in Hybrid EV range starts from €33,150 for delivery in early 2021. The Irish distributor also says it will offer a similar seven-year warranty as MG offers in the UK.