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RAY MASSEY: Latest MG4 launches in UK from September

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RAY MASSEY: MG broadcasts that its newest all-electric vehicle will likely be launched within the UK from September

  • The MG4 EV could have a variety of between 218-281 miles; top speed 99mph
  • It is predicted to cost from £30,000 and tackle Volkswagen’s ID.3 

Once a legendary British marque, but now under Chinese ownership, MG announced this week that its newest all-electric vehicle will likely be launched within the UK from September. 

Available with battery capacities from 51kWh to 64kWh, the MG4 EV could have a variety of between 218-281 miles, with a top speed of 99mph and acceleration from rest to 62mph in lower than 8 seconds. 

It is predicted to cost from £30,000 and tackle Volkswagen’s ID.3 and the Nissan Leaf. 

Clever proposition: The brand new Chinese-owned, but British-designed, MG4 EV

A key clever feature is a one-size-fits-all super-slim 110mm integrated battery-pack system, which may be upgraded via wifi or replaced completely if the owner wants more power or range. 

The rear-wheel drive platform guarantees 50:50 weight distribution and an enhanced driving experience, with improved road-holding, driver engagement, and interior passenger and luggage space. 

MG is now owned by China’s biggest car-maker SAIC, having been snapped up for a song when the then British-owned MG Rover scandalously went bust in 2005 under a team led by disgraced former Rover boss John Towers. 

With cars now designed in Marylebone, London, but built in various locations abroad, the reborn MG boasts it’s ‘the fastest-growing automotive brand within the UK’ with a six-car range of ‘reasonably priced’ hatchbacks, estates and SUVs. 

MG also continues to make an enormous play in its publicity material concerning the brand’s strong UK heritage and history. 

David Allison, MG UK head of product and planning, said: ‘The MG4 EV is a key a part of our next phase of growth.’ All of the more surprising then that MG should so badly disrespect potential customers in its original home market by only officially unveiling the brand new automotive in Britain this week — seven days after its European preview on June 28. 

Why not concurrently? Perhaps bosses genuinely don’t think Britain is geographically a part of Europe?

Tough recent pick-up is pick-me-up 

With all of the political turmoil and excitement of this week, chances are you’ll feel like a well-earned pick-me-up. 

Or possibly a tricky recent pick-up. 

Step forward the following generation of the rugged rufty-tufty Volkswagen Amarok. 

Pick-me-up: The next generation of the rugged rufty-tufty Volkswagen Amarok

Pick-me-up: The following generation of the rugged rufty-tufty Volkswagen Amarok

Designed and conceived in Germany and Australia, it’s being inbuilt South Africa and was developed in co-operation with Ford, making it a detailed sibling of the rival Ford Ranger. 

It would be launched within the UK initially as a four-door double-cab in five specifications — a basic version together with Life, Style, Aventura (for on-road focus) and Panamericana (for off-road) — followed by the more utilitarian two-door single-cab. 

The newcomer is powered by as much as five turbocharged engines, including a 250hp 3-litre turbocharged V6 diesel and a 302hp 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol unit.

Suzuki in UK tops league for customer satisfaction

The off-beat Japanese carmaker, currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took top slot within the Institute of Customer Service’s six-monthly barometer of satisfaction, being ranked as the highest automotive brand overall of 27 manufacturers measured. 

Getting ahead: Suzuki, currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took top slot in the Institute of Customer Service's six-monthly barometer of satisfaction

Getting ahead: Suzuki, currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took top slot within the Institute of Customer Service’s six-monthly barometer of satisfaction

And across 265 named organisations in all business sectors, Suzuki was ranked joint fifth overall — alongside Marks & Spencer and just behind UK Power Networks, Timpson, John Lewis, and Tesco Mobile — within the institute’s UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI). 

Customers were questioned on how they were treated, covering trust, experience, ethos, emotional connection, ethics, and loyalty. 

Suzuki GB chief, Nobuo Suyama, said: ‘It’s a superb achievement. The efforts of our staff and dealers has again really paid off.’ 

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