THINK of an MG and you think classic British sports car – something low and sleek, cruising through the green countryside.
But, under the guidance of WA’s own car sales titan John Hughes, the classic brand is being reinvented as a cost-effective family vehicle.
Mr Hughes will launch WA’s first MG dealership in Victoria Park (yes, just over the Causeway – but at 181 Albany Highway) on Wednesday evening.
The MG brand is now owned by Chinese corporation SAIC, and the models for sale at the new dealership range from a hatchback through to small and mid-size SUVs.
“What impressed us more than anything else was that they’re representing themselves in Australia – they’re not using a middle man like most of the new importers,” Mr Hughes said.
“We were dealing directly with the factory.
“When we saw the vehicles and road tested them, we were very impressed with the quality.
“They were backed by, in some of their vehicles, a six-year warranty and in others a seven-year warranty – that’s incredible.”
Mr Hughes said MGs would be lower in price than Kia, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.
“We see a lot of value in their SUVs,” he said.
“We’ll be selling a lot of these to people who might be looking for a pre-owned SUV but don’t think that they can quite get to the price of a new one.
“Then they realise that for about that price they can buy a brand new one with a seven-year warranty.”