MG Motor Shores Up India Game Plan


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Eyes on the future, MG Motor shores up its India game plan

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New Delhi, March 19: MG Motor India today announced its aggressive business plans for the Indian market. With the upgradation of its Halol plant – including the construction of a new press shop and the modification of assembly lines and other facilities – progressing at a fast pace, MG Motor India has also initiated talks with various suppliers to achieve high levels of localisation.

MG Motor India has also started inviting dealer prospects for its Dealer Road Shows scheduled to be conducted in Mumbai on 28th March, in Delhi on 6th April, and in Bengaluru on 16th April. The company is looking at partners who possess a hunger for growth and have the capability to deliver a differentiated service commitment that surpasses the industry standard and sets new benchmarks.

As part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the carmaker has also announced that its first vehicle in India will be launched ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2019. Going forward, the company plans to introduce one new product to the Indian market every year. Led by strong R&D efforts of its parent company SAIC, MG Motor India is also actively considering offering new energy vehicles and is keenly looking to work with all stakeholders involved to implement the technology commercially.

Commenting on the company’s plans for the market, Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India, said, “The MG brand seeks to embrace the incredible technology of the future while cherishing its great British heritage. We are moving forward swiftly on our India strategy and building a strong organization to embrace the future. Our aim is to provide vehicles that will be new-age and very contemporary, with a premium image and great value.”

MG Motor India is looking to build a future-ready organization that sets the industry benchmarks not only in terms of a young & smart work culture, but also in terms of diversity; female employees already account for 22 percent of the company’s total workforce. “We aim to increase the number of female hires in the near future. This will make a difference and put them in the driver’s seat in the company, thus breaking the monotony in this industry,” Chaba said.

Those interested in partnering with MG for a dealership can submit their details on the company website: Morris Garages: Dealership Event

About Morris Garages

Founded in the UK in 1924, MG (Morris Garages) was world famous for its sports cars/cabriolet series, sought after by many celebrities including British Prime Ministers and even the British royal family. Set up in 1930 in Abingdon, UK, the MG Car Club has more than a million loyal fans, making it by far one of the world's largest clubs for a single brand. MG, the iconic British Racing Sports Brand has evolved into a modern-day innovative brand through the last 93 years. China’s largest automaker SAIC Motor Corporation purchased the MG brand and its businesses in the year 2007. MG Motor India is a fully-owned subsidiary of SAIC Motor Corporation.
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MG Motor further reinforces strong India commitment; pursues channel partners with the right synergy through dealership experience event

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Mumbai, March 28: MG Motor India today further reiterated its commitment to the Indian market through the first-ever dealership experience event in the country. The event was aimed at selecting the right partners for its operations in India. With over 2,000 registrations received from prospective dealers on its website since entries began on March 11, 2018, MG Motor India also shared its business plans with the selected prospects from Western India at an event in Mumbai.

In order to find dealers who can complement the MG Motor brand synergy, the company will conduct an extensive evaluation process. The key selection parameters will include good market credibility, local market knowledge, financial background, digital savviness, excellent operational efficiency and the capability to deliver a differentiated service commitment that surpasses the industry standard and sets new benchmarks.

Like our strong focus on employees and diversity, we have laid out a core philosophy for our dealers as well, for they will be the face of the MG brand for customers. Revolving around the umbrella theme: ‘Together we grow’, our dealer policy inculcates complete transparency and mutual respect while focusing on bringing a practical approach to business,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.

With a high degree of emphasis on digitisation and business analytics, we will offer a strong support system to our dealer partners, helping them run their operations effectively and profitably. The overarching goal of this endeavour is to provide a heightened customer experience. We are also looking at engaging diversified partners from the non-automotive business with proven experience across organized customer-oriented retail industry,” added Chaba.

As part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, MG Motor India recently announced that its first vehicle will be launched in Q2 2019, followed by the introduction of one new product to the Indian market every subsequent year. Led by strong R&D efforts of its parent company SAIC, the carmaker is also actively considering offering new energy vehicles and is keenly looking to work with all stakeholders involved to implement the technology commercially.

With the rebuilding of its Halol plant progressing at a fast pace, including the construction of a new press shop, the company is in the process of concluding talks with various suppliers to achieve high levels of localisation in its vehicles.

MG Motor India is also looking to build a future-ready organization that sets the industry benchmarks not only in terms of a young & smart work culture, but also in terms of diversity; female employees already account for 22 percent of the company’s total workforce and it plans to further increase the number of female hires in the future.

Those interested in partnering with MG for a dealership can submit their details on the company website: Morris Garages: Dealership Event
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MG Motor reinforces strong commitment to Southern markets; pursues channel partners with the right synergy through dealership experience event in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, April 16, 2018: MG Motor India today reiterated its commitment to the Southern markets through its first-ever dealership experience event in Bengaluru. The event was aimed at selecting the right partners from the southern region of India for its retail operations beginning here next year.

The carmaker received nearly 600 registrations from prospective dealers on its website from Southern markets alone forming nearly one-fourth of the overall 2,400 registrations received since it officially invited dealer partners to register last month.

MG Motor India is betting big on Southern markets especially Bengaluru region in terms of initial sales, seeing its potential to be among the top 3 markets in the first phase.

The company, which aims to operate nearly 100 touch points across the country in the initial phase with the commencement of sales during Q2 next year, said a good number of touchpoints will come up in Bengaluru region alone. Overall, it aims to operate over 300 touchpoints across the country in the next few years.

We are strongly focused on well-developed southern markets since this region has proven to have early adopters who are open to trying out new global products. We are confident that winning over the discerning consumers in this region will augur well for us in the initial phase and will give the impetus to drive nationwide sales. Overall, we expect 35-40% of our sales to come from southern India in the initial phase of our nationwide operations,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.

MG Motor India is also committed to offer a digital buying and ownership experience to the tech-savvy consumers in Bengaluru and other markets. The carmaker aims to provide technology-driven services for a superior customer experience that exceed expectations of discerning customers.

As part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, MG Motor India recently announced that its first vehicle will be launched in Q2 2019, followed by the introduction of one new product to the Indian market every subsequent year. The company aims to launch vehicles that are new-age, contemporary and also offer great value to buyers.

With the rebuilding of its Halol plant progressing at a fast pace, including the construction of a new press shop, the company is in the process of concluding contracts with various suppliers to achieve high levels of localisation in its vehicles.

Led by strong R&D efforts of its parent company SAIC, the carmaker is also actively considering offering new energy vehicles and is keenly looking to work with all stakeholders involved to implement the technology commercially. MG Motor India also shared plans to test electric vehicles under different climatic conditions in India and said that it would strongly consider Karnataka as one of its first options to launch EVS when decided, given the state’s first-mover advantage in EV policy.

MG Motor India is also looking to build a future-ready organization that sets the industry benchmarks not only in terms of a young & smart work culture, but also in terms of diversity; female employees already account for 24 percent of the company’s total workforce and it plans to further increase the number of women hires in the future.
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MG Motor India to conduct Innovation Challenge (Hackathon) at Navrachna University in Vadodara

Invites students from Vadodara and nearby areas to participate in the event on 23rd May

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Vadodara: MG Motor India, which is all set to roll-out its vehicles from its Halol Car Manufacturing plant in the first half of next year, today announced that it will conduct an Innovation Challenge (Hackathon) at Navrachna University on 23rd May, 2018. Students from Vadodara and nearby areas are invited to participate in the Hackathon by visiting innovation.mgmotor.co.in and submitting their request by Monday, 21st May, 2018.

Based on the theme: “How to make automobiles and transportation services safer and greener,” the hackathon will provide an opportunity for students to enhance their problem-solving skills in the automotive space and earn a chance to intern or work at MG Motor India’s facility in Halol in the future.

Further reinforcing our commitment to innovation through the MG Innovation Program, our aim is to find key solutions in the automotive space especially in the areas of green mobility and safe transportation. To address this, the upcoming Innovation Challenge (Hackathon) will give students or student groups a chance to present solutions and thereby come out with a collective solution in this space,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.

The programme will also enable us to nurture future talent in the automotive space, as Gujarat steps up as one of the biggest automotive hubs in India,” Chaba added. Shortlisted applications invited to the hackathon will work on 5 different problem statements related to the automotive industry outlined at the start of the event. Top 3 teams will get prizes of INR 100,000; INR 50,000 and INR 25,000 respectively.

To be held on May 23rd, 2018, the day-long MG Innovation Challenge (Hackathon) will cater to over 150 students to come up with creative and innovative solutions for green mobility and safe transportation. Given the proximity to the Halol plant, MG Motor chose Navrachna University as the ideal location for the event.

The ‘MG Innovation Challenge’ is a further extension of the ‘MG Drives Innovation’ program, which was launched in partnership with TiE, Delhi NCR, in December 2017. As part of its commitment to community development around where its manufacturing facility is located, MG had also sponsored the MG Vadodara Marathon earlier in 2018.
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Vadodara students demonstrate how to make transportation safer, cleaner at MG Innovation Challenge

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Vadodara, 24th May: MG Motor India, which is all set to roll out its vehicles from its Halol Car Manufacturing plant in the first half of next year, today announced the winners of the first MG Innovation Challenge conducted at Navrachana University. Entrusted with a Hackathon task on ‘How to make transportation safer and cleaner’, the students demonstrated modern and technologically advanced solutions in telematics, IoT (Internet of Things), smart sensors, Al (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning.

Among the many automotive solutions presented by various groups, Parul University bagged the first prize worth INR 100,000. The first runner up was from Silver Oak College of Engineering and Technology, Ahmedabad (INR 50,000) and the second runner up was from Navrachana University (INR 25,000). The full-day event saw participation from over 125 students across 26 groups representing 5 cities across Gujarat including Baroda, Ahmedabad, Nadiad, Surat and Anand.

With Gujarat set to become the next big automotive hub, it is imperative for us to nurture talent that helps build cars that are not only futuristic, but also responsible towards society in terms of creating an ecosystem of safe and clean transportation. We look forward to studying these solutions and possibly embedding them in the cars we produce here,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.

The student group from Parul University, which bagged the first prize, showcased a prototype ‘Smart Helmet’ with indicator lights and an embedded GPS system with an e-call feature in case of an accident. The runner-up team, from Silver Oak, demonstrated an IoT platform on which apps can be built and Navrachana University students presented a device to reduce vehicle tailpipe emissions.

While all the teams were tasked to work on ideas on-the-spot, some teams came with prototypes from projects they developed recently including a kit which converts a manual car into an automatic one, a car built for physically challenged people, a smart helmet and a wireless electric car charging system. Post evaluation, prizes were handed over to the winners by Mr Rajeev Chaba and Mrs Tejal Amin, Chairperson, Navrachana University.

The ‘MG Innovation Challenge’ is a further extension of the ‘MG Drives Innovation’ program, which was launched in partnership with TiE, Delhi NCR, in December 2017. As part of its commitment to community development around where its manufacturing facility is located, MG had also sponsored the MG Vadodara Marathon earlier in 2018.

About Morris Garages

Founded in the UK in 1924, MG (Morris Garages) was world famous for its sports cars/cabriolet series, sought after by many celebrities including British Prime Ministers and even the Royal Family. MG has a long and storied history as an iconic British racing brand, having dominated championships the world over. Since then, MG has evolved into a modern day innovative brand and has continued to be a style icon through the last 93 years. China’s largest automaker SAIC Motor Corporation purchased the MG brand and its businesses in the year 2007. MG Motor India is a fully-owned subsidiary of SAIC Motor Corporation.
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MG Motor India partners with IIT Delhi for developing in-car child safety technologies

Carmaker to utilize IIT engineers’ know-how to bring new safety features in its cars

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New Delhi, 30th July 2018: MG Motor India, a fully-owned subsidiary of China’s largest carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation, today announced its partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi - one of the most prestigious technology institutes in India, for developing technologies and applications to boost in-car child safety.

The project between MG Motor India and IIT Delhi titled ‘Geofencing for child safety through ECU control’, was announced at the FITT (Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer) silver jubilee function held at IIT Delhi campus on 28th July 2018.

The IIT Delhi project team is working on an application that will enable owners of upcoming MG cars in India to track and alert the whereabouts of their children, including their entry, exit in to the car as well as their seating position within the car. The application will also alert users if the car is driven beyond a pre-defined route map.

MG Motor India continuously looks at providing a platform to innovators, students and start-ups to develop technologies and features for our upcoming cars, that will be produced in India. This project has been conceptualized to fast-track realization of better child safety mechanisms in cars. IIT Delhi engineers will also conduct research and development activities to explore other car features that enhance child safety,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Anil Wali, MD of FITT, said: “IIT Delhi has been committed to developing the latest technologies in close collaboration with the leading industry players. We are glad to partner MG Motor India to research and develop applications to enhance in-car child safety, which is the need of the hour.”

Much before its first product hits the market in Q2 2019, MG Motor India has already taken various initiatives to promote innovation amongst students and start-ups in India. As part of its “MG Innovation Program”, launched in 2017, which is aimed at fostering a culture of innovation, the company in association with TiE Delhi had shortlisted 5-startups in the auto-tech space for using their solutions in its future cars. The company also conducted a hackathon on how to make transportation safer and cleaner with Navrachna University students in Vadodara, Gujarat, where its manufacturing facility is located, earlier in May this year.

About Morris Garages

Founded in the UK in 1924, MG (Morris Garages) was world famous for its sports cars, roadsters and cabriolets that were sought after by many celebrities, including the British Prime Ministers and even the British Royal Family. Over the last 94 years, MG has evolved into a future-forward, modern innovative brand. Set up in 1930 in Abingdon, UK, the MG Car Club has more than a million loyal fans, making it by far one of the world’s largest clubs for a single brand. MG Motor India is a fully-owned subsidiary of China’s largest carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation.
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MG Motor India announces formation of Customer Experience & Marketing function

Appoints Gaurav Gupta as Chief Commercial Officer; brings on-board three other automobile industry veterans

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New Delhi, August 13: In a move that reiterates its commitment to the Indian customers, MG Motor India, a fully-owned subsidiary of China’s largest carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation, today announced the appointment of Gaurav Gupta as its Chief Commercial Officer - Customer Experience & Marketing (CEM).

Gaurav joins the carmaker from Bridgestone Tire Indonesia where he was serving as the President Director. He brings more than 23 years of experience having headed the sales, marketing and after-sales functions across automotive companies in various countries including India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and China.

Gaurav will oversee the marketing, sales, customer delight and dealer development functions. His vast experience in handling brand, marketing & retail-focused initiatives will help MG Motor India spread consumer awareness about the introduction of the MG brand in India, with its first product scheduled for launch in the second quarter of next year.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Gaurav as head of the CEM function to drive customer focus in the company. Gaurav brings rich industry experience in customer-facing areas, which are critically important for success in India. With the aggressive product line-up backed up with a core CEM team in place, it makes us confident that his experience and leadership will add immense value to the MG brand in the coming years,” said Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director – MG Motor India.

Gaurav Gupta’s hiring comes close on the heels of other strategic appointments at MG Motor India. It has appointed former AVP and Operations Head at Honda Cars India, Rakesh Sidana, who brings an experience of over 29 years in the auto industry, as its National Sales Head and Rajesh Mehrotra as the National Service Head. Rajesh Mehrotra, with a rich experience of over 27 years, was primarily associated with Toyota where he handled the Aftersales operations, apart from Hyundai where he undertook responsibilities as the National Service Head. The company has also appointed Dimple Mehta, a Hyundai-veteran with an experience of 24 years, to head the newly created Customer Care & Customer Delight function.

With senior level appointments, MG Motor India is in the process of building a strong foundation for its future operations. The company aims to set industry benchmarks not only in terms of a customer-oriented work culture, but also in terms of diversity: female employees already account for 24 percent of the company’s total workforce and it plans to further increase the number of women hires in the future.

About MG Motor India

MG Motor India is a fully-owned subsidiary of China’s largest carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation, which is ranked 36th in the Fortune 500 list. Founded in the UK in 1924, Morris Garages vehicles were world famous for its sports cars, roadsters, and cabriolet series. MG vehicles were much sought after by many celebrities, including the British Prime Ministers and even the British Royal Family, for their styling, elegance, and spirited performance. The MG Car Club, set up in 1930 at Abingdon in the UK, has more than a million loyal fans, making it by far one of the world’s largest clubs for a single brand. MG has evolved into a modern, futuristic and innovative brand over the last 94 years. With plans to soon introduce its brand of vehicles in the Indian market, MG Motor India has commenced its manufacturing operations at its car manufacturing plant at Halol in Gujarat. The first of these modern MG cars will be made available to the Indian customers in the second quarter of next year.
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MG Motor India to showcase brand legacy via its first-ever documentary “The Morris Garages Story” on Discovery Channel​

Documentary to premiere on September 24th as part of the company’s brand-building and consumer awareness initiatives, ahead of next year’s launch

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New Delhi, Sept. 20: MG Motor India has announced the launch of its first-ever documentary “The Art of Motoring: The Morris Garages Story”, which encapsulates how the iconic brand’s rich legacy was built over the years and changed the world of sports motoring, forever. The documentary is part of a series of brand-building initiatives undertaken by MG Motor India to spread consumer awareness around its first vehicle launch in Q2, 2019. The 46-minute documentary will premiere on Discovery Channel on September 24 at 19:00 hrs.

The documentary aims to educate consumers on how the MG brand was established in 1924, starting as a performance-tuning outfit for Morris cars, and later how its roadsters became the most loved cars for celebrities and even the British Royal Family. We at MG Motor India are proud to have created this documentary which shows the feelings of emotions, love, passion, culture etc. associated with the MG cars - for consumers in India and around the world,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.

The documentary also takes a closer look at MG’s record-breaking racing milestones in each decade and how the Octagonal badge has remained resilient despite various ownership changes. The narrative of the brand is built through the MG Car Club (MGCC) established in 1930 and its experienced members and classic car owners. The documentary has been produced by Blue Mango Films LLP, a production house based in New Delhi.

Speaking about the launch of the first-ever documentary, John Day, President, MG Car Club UK (MGCC), said, “It is a rare opportunity to be able to present the story of a brand that has existed for over nine decades and not only influenced but changed how the automotive industry evolved and the Indian team has executed it wonderfully. The MG Car Club members, MG fans and loyalists around the world and here in UK as well have great hopes from MG’s India chapter.”
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India-bound MG SUV interior spied


We’ve got our hands on the first spy shots of the cabin of MG Motor India’s first SUV. At first glance, it feels like parent company SAIC has just mirrored the left-hand-drive layout but a closer look reveals that there are quite a few differences. The car for India gets a simpler but more upmarket-looking setup, slightly similar to the Baojun 560 sold abroad, which will appeal to buyers of all ages.

MG Motor's SUV for India gets a three-layered dashboard with the top part covered in soft-touch material and contrast stitching. The middle section has a dark grey gloss finish, houses the AC vents with chrome inserts, and has a provision for a free-standing infotainment touchscreen (not seen on this test mule). The instrument cluster is a simple unit with a large TFT display that's flanked by two large dials – the speedo and the tachometer. The AC vents are positioned at the centre, separated by a space that'll feature an analogue clock (again, not seen on the test mule). Below this, is the panel for the climate control system; the chunky round switches that adjust temperature have individual displays, and are placed in the middle.

The three-spoke steering wheel gets multiple buttons for audio and telephony controls, along with cruise control settings. The model being tested was equipped with push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats, an electric parking brake, an auto-hold function, a reverse camera, and front and rear parking sensors. Though not seen in the images, a sunroof and rear AC vents are expected to be part of SUV's features list.

According to our sources, the test mule was powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a CVT gearbox. For India, MG is likely to offer Fiat's 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine though. The model sold abroad comes with a rotary knob for selecting gears however, the model seen in India had a conventional gear knob with a provision for manual shifting as well.

The MG SUV for India will measure around 4,655mm in length, 1,835mm in width and 1,760mm in height, which makes it slightly bigger than the Jeep Compass. In spite of its large dimensions and long equipment list, MG Motor India is confident it can price its first SUV just under Rs 20 lakh, thanks to heavy localisation. The SUV will be produced at SAIC’s plant (formerly owned by General Motors) in Halol, Gujarat.

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MG Motor India empowers 12 start-ups in Auto-Tech Space

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Start-ups to get mentoring and assistance with market access for their domain-transforming ideas

New Delhi, Oct. 13: Underlining its focus on driving innovation across the communities, MG Motor India today shortlisted 12 start-ups under its ongoing ‘MG Innovation Grand Challenge’ programme in an event held at IIT Delhi.

MG Motor India received 71 applications from across the country for the ‘MG Innovation Grand Challenge’. Of this vast talent pool, 12 promising teams were shortlisted for the final round comprising presentation and mentoring. The solutions aim at addressing the challenges in the EV ecosystem and the auto tech space. These start-ups will get mentoring and assistance with market access for their domain-transforming ideas.

Commenting on the event, Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India, said, "Young India has tremendous potential and it can not only transform automotive technology, but also make automobiles safer, comfortable, eco-friendly, and well-connected. Our event was aimed at providing a stage to the next wave of automotive innovators and nurturing their disruptive ideas. We also created an All Women Team category to encourage female entrepreneurs to showcase their talent and support their involvement in the traditionally male-dominated automotive space.”

This was followed by the announcement of the three winning teams by the jury comprising stalwarts such as Pradeep Gupta - Founder and Chairman, Cybermedia Group, Dr. Anil Wali - Managing Director, FITT, IIT Delhi, Gaurav Gupta - Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India, Digbijoy Shukla - Head Startup Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, and Sandro Stephen - Regional Head, Indian Angel Network.

The short-listed startups were:

Grand Prize Winner - Rs 2,00,000

Vecmocon Technologies for their Smart Electric Mobility Solutions for 2 wheelers

Best Prototype Award - Rs 1,00,000

Zyme Technologies for their Telematics solution for connected car ecosystem

Best Concept Award - Rs. 1,00,000

Team Vijayanat from Oriental Institute of Science and Technology, Bhopal for their Auto Typer Pressure Inflation System

Popular Choice Award

AutoSync Technologies for their Plug n play Smart car speakers, Carpod

MG Motor India has been consistently supporting innovation in the automotive space and aims to leverage India's vast talent pool of innovators by encouraging them to develop cutting-edge technologies for the future of automobiles. Kick-started in the month of September, the grand challenge emphasized engineering solutions and new technologies to transform the EV ecosystem, telematics, and automotive engineering.

Much before its first product hits the market in Q2 2019, MG Motor India has already taken various initiatives to promote innovation amongst students and start-ups in India. As part of the “MG Innovation Program”, launched in 2017 to foster a culture of innovation, the company in association with TiE Delhi had shortlisted 5-startups in the auto-tech space for using their solutions in its future cars. MG Motor India has also conducted a hackathon on how to make transportation safer and cleaner with students from Navrachna University in Vadodara, Gujarat, where its manufacturing facility is located, earlier this year.

About Morris Garages

MG Motor India is a fully-owned subsidiary of China’s largest carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation, which is ranked 36th in the Fortune 500 list. Founded in the UK in 1924, Morris Garages vehicles were world famous for its sports cars, roadsters, and cabriolet series. MG vehicles were much sought after by many celebrities, including the British Prime Ministers and even the British Royal Family, for their styling, elegance, and spirited performance. The MG Car Club, set up in 1930 at Abingdon in the UK, has more than a million loyal fans, making it by far one of the world’s largest clubs for a single brand. MG has evolved into a modern, futuristic and innovative brand over the last 94 years. With plans to soon introduce its brand of vehicles in the Indian market, MG Motor India has commenced its manufacturing operations at its car manufacturing plant at Halol in Gujarat. The first of these modern MG cars will be made available to the Indian customers in the second quarter of next year.
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MG SUV to be priced close to Creta in India


MG Motor India has begun testing the close-to-production iteration of their first product in India. MG Motor's SUV for India will be larger than the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass; two engine options will be on offer.


As far as pricing goes, MG Motor India aims to price this SUV a bit lower than its rivals. A pricing strategy close to the Hyundai Creta can be expected – which means the model could start in the range of under Rs 10 lakh for the petrol variants, going upto around Rs 16 lakh for the top-spec diesel variants. (ex-showroom)

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MG Motor SUV interiors leaked for the first time – Looks like Volvo XC90


The new SUV is much larger and a more premium offering and strikingly similar to the Baojun 530 sold in global markets.

Its interiors has been spied for the first time. The top variant will get touchscreen infotainment system like seen on Volvo XC SUVs, while the entry level variant will get a 2 DIN system without any touchscreen.

It also receives a panoramic sunroof, leather seating and safety features among which will be electronic park brake, power seats and cruise control among others.

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MG Motor's first car for India to launch with two BSVI-compliant engines - Report


Autocar India reports that the revamped Baojun 530, which will become the first offering from MG Motor India, will launch with two BSVI-compliant engine options.

The MG-badged Baojun 530 will likely measure 4.7-metres in length, 1.83-metre in width, and 1.76-metre in height. The Chinese-spec SUV is available in two petrol variants - a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that outputs 110 kW (150 PS) and 230 Nm, and a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated unit that outputs 101 kW (137 PS) and 186 Nm of torque. The Indian version will be propelled by the FCA-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine and a different 1.5-litre turbocharged gasoline motor that outputs 170 PS and 250 Nm. It will come mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

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