SHE'S ELECTRIC - Plug-In Hybrid MG HS Enters Production – UK Sales to Come
Anne Gossip2nd October 2019
Of course these plug-in-hybrids are about fuel efficiency more than they are about going quickly. No figures for the MG eHS have been disclosed as of yet, however, and the vagaries of economy testing mean the claimed figures for plug-in-hybrids are about as accurate as Lord Sward's PK. The Vauxhall Grandland X as a comparison has a CO2 rating of 36g/km and claimed economy of 177mpg on the WLTP cycle. About as truthful as a politician's promise then, but very appealing to company car users who are taxed on emissions.
Such technology doesn't come cheap, however, with the Vauxhall being listed at nearly THIRTY SIX THOUSAND POUNDS. Form dictates that the MG will be significantly cheaper than the griffin or the lion but even at a realistic £30,000 it will be interesting to see if there are many takers prepared to shell out that much for a car from a Chinese budget brand. That said, enthusiasts may be enthused by the performance on offer, especially if MG offer a version with some of the sporty features of the Chinese market track edition.
Indications are that the MG eHS will arrive here some time next year. It will be preceded by a non-hybrid MG HS powered by the same 1.5 Turbo as the now axed MG GS. We are told this is to launch imminently.
Does the performance of the plug-in-hybrid MG eHS float your boat or is it more S, BS, FS?
MG to launch MG5 EV small electric estate in 2020?
Anne Gossip 23rdAugust 2019
Macdroitwich lickbait correspondent ANNE GOSSIP gives the latest rumoured product from MG
Speculative reports from sources claiming to be familiar with the matter suggest that MG are planning to launch a small electric estate car on the UK market next year.
The new car will almost certainly be closely related – probably even a straight rebadge – to the Chinese market Roewe Ei5, which uses the platform of the Buick Excelle, a distant relative of the current Vauxhall Astra.
Impending facelift for 2020 - An MG ZS with NEW more powerful engine?
Anne Gossip 29thAugust 2019
Tittle-tattle merchant Anne Gossip has more Lickbait for Macdroitwich
It seems like only yesterday that the MG ZS crossover hit the UK market, but next week's Chengdu motorshow will see the unveiling of the car's mid-life facelift.
Opening on the 5th September, the 2020 MG ZS will be amongst a raft of new launches at Chengdu. Styling upgrades see the existing car's Mazda-inspired grille makes way for a new honeycomb design more reminiscent of that fitted to the latest Fords as MG's designers endeavour to make the car look sportier. The front bumper also takes on a more aggressive aesthetic.
Macdroitwich news correspondent JOHN SANDIE reports on what is shaping up to be MG Motor’s first BIG TITTED HIT
“Impossible to recommend” and “rotten to the core” screamed the red ink of journalistic reviews of the MG6 as monthly sales figures bobbed around single digits. Panned by reviewers, ignored by customers, MG Motor UK and the 6 were a standing joke by 2012.
Seven years later, MG are in better fettle and the new MG ZS EV has been received rather differently by reviewers. “A real alternative to the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf” beamed Auto Express and What Car – normally about as pleasant to MGs as a broken glass enema – gave the new car four stars and predicted it to be “the most sought after MG in decades.”
MG are continuing to embrace electrified vehicles with the launch of a plug-in hybrid derivative of the MG HS, the MG eHS.
As the first examples of the MG eHS trickled off the line of a newly opened factory in the coastal city of Ningde, SAIC confirmed that the MG eHS will be exported from the plant to us in the UK. This news may well be greeted with some positivity by British enthusiasts as the eHS offers higher performance and should add some spice to a UK MG range that is about as sporty as your nan.
The powerplant, shared with the not-for-viewers-in-Britain MG6 PHEV, combines the familiar GM-SAIC joint venture 1.5 Turbo and an electric motor. You may remember the 1.5 Turbo from the MG GS (you don't remember that at all?) and the Vauxhall Insignia you rented from Enterprise a while back and here it puts out 166hp. The electric motor is a 120hp lithium-ion battery. Coupled with a too-may-fucking-gears 10 speed gearbox Chinese figures reckon the MG eHS PHEV is good for 0-60 in 5.8 seconds.
This is only half a second adrift of the official figures given for a base spec MG SV and over 7 seconds quicker to 60 than a MG ZS 1.0 Automatic. Your nan just got some rocket powered roller skates!
The unexpectedly brisk hybrid medium sized crossover niche is a surprisingly well contested one. The UK market is also soon to see the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid 4 and its griffin-badged stablemate the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid 4. These also do 0-60 in less than 6 seconds but drive all four wheels where the MG eHS drives only the fronts.
Some shit Vauxhall, yesterday.
MG CHENGDU ROUND-UP: MG ZS Facelift unveiled and a special edition MG HS for MG's 95th Anniversary
Anne Gossip5th September 2019
Anne Gossip with the latest from Chengdu.
Today the 2019 Chendu motor show opened and, with 95th anniversary celebrations in mind, MG had much to show including the facelift MG ZS and a celebratory HS special edition.