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RAY MASSEY: The new MG4 will be launched in the UK from September

RAY MASSEY: MG announces that its latest all-electric vehicle will launch in the UK from September

  • The MG4 EV will have a range of between 218-281 miles; Top speed 99 km/h
  • It’s expected to start at £30,000 and rival Volkswagen’s ID.3

Once a legendary British marque but now Chinese-owned, MG announced this week that its latest all-electric vehicle will launch in the UK from September.

The MG4 EV is available with battery capacities from 51 kWh to 64 kWh and has a range of between 218 and 281 miles, with a top speed of 160 km/h and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds.

It’s expected to start at £30,000 and rival Volkswagen’s ID.3 and Nissan Leaf.

Clever suggestion: The new MG4 EV Chinese-owned but British-designed

A clever key feature is a super-slim, one-size-fits-all 110mm integrated battery system that can be upgraded via WiFi or replaced entirely if the owner desires more power or range.

The rear-wheel-drive platform promises a 50:50 weight distribution and an enhanced driving experience with improved roadholding, driver intervention, and interior space for passengers and luggage.

MG is now owned by China’s biggest automaker SAIC after it was snapped 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 at various locations overseas, the reborn MG boasts of being “the fastest growing car brand in the UK”, with a six-car range of “affordable” hatchbacks, station wagons and SUVs.

MG continues to play a large role in its promotional material in reference to the brand’s strong British heritage and history.

David Allison, Head of Product and Planning at MG UK, said: “The MG4 EV is a key element of our next phase of growth.” It is therefore all the more surprising that MG is so disregarding potential customers in its original home market by only launching the new car in the UK this week officially unveiled – seven days after its European preview on June 28th.

Why not at the same time? Perhaps bosses really don’t believe Britain is geographically part of Europe?

Robust new pick-up is pick-me-up

With all of this week’s political turmoil and excitement, you might be feeling like a well-deserved pick-me-up.

Or maybe a tough new pickup.

Step into the next generation of the robust Volkswagen Amarok.

Pick-me-up: The next generation of the robust Volkswagen Amarok

Pick-me-up: The next generation of the robust Volkswagen Amarok

Designed and conceived in Germany and Australia, it is built in South Africa and developed in collaboration with Ford, making it a close brother to rival Ford Ranger.

It will be launched in the UK first as a four-door crew cab in five specifications – a base version along 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 up to five turbocharged engines, including a 250hp 3-liter turbocharged V6 diesel and a 302hp 2.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine.

Suzuki in the UK leads in customer satisfaction

The unconventional Japanese automaker, which is currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took first place in the Institute of Customer Service’s semi-annual satisfaction barometer and was ranked the best car brand out of a total of 27 manufacturers measured.

Getting ahead: Suzuki, which is currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took first place in the Institute of Customer Service's semi-annual satisfaction barometer

Getting ahead: Suzuki, which is currently offering summer deals on its Swift models, took first place in the Institute of Customer Service’s semi-annual satisfaction barometer

And out of 265 nominated organizations across all economic sectors, Suzuki was ranked fifth overall in the institute’s UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) – alongside Marks & Spencer and just behind UK Power Networks, Timpson, John Lewis and Tesco Mobile.

Customers were asked about how they deal with trust, experience, ethos, emotional attachment, ethics and loyalty.

Suzuki GB boss Nobuo Suyama said: “This is an excellent achievement. The commitment of our employees and dealers has once again paid off.’

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RAY MASSEY: The new MG4 will be launched in the UK from September

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