NOW here’s a story that could be said to be a tale that mirrors the rise and fall of the British car industry.
It is a story that began in the Twenties in Abingdon and ends (or begins again, depending on which way you look at it) many thousands of miles away in China.
For although this week’s drive, the MG3 3Style, is assembled in Longbridge in Birmingham — a place steeped in the history of British car manufacture — all component parts for new MGs come from China.
This is because after a chequered history of ownership, which included the likes of Morris Motors, British Leyland, Rover Group and BMW, since 2005 the MG brand has been owned by the Nanjing Automobile Group, China’s oldest carmaker.
Of course it is good news that through Chinese ownership, the MG brand lives on and provides jobs in the Midlands.