MG sports cars leave Longbridge

MG cars left the Longbridge plant in Birmingham on Thursday for the first time in more than three years.

The cars headed for dealers across the UK, where they will go on sale to the public from September 20.

Production of the sports car model, the TF LE500, began at the factory last month under Chinese owner Shanghai Automotive (SAIC).

SAIC took over after Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC) bought the assets of the collapsed MG Rover organisation in 2005.

Approximately 6,000 workers lost their jobs at Longbridge when the huge car plant closed in April that year. The return of car production to the plant has been heralded as a boost to business in the region.

Only the first 500 individually-numbered cars to leave the Longbridge production line will be given the LE500 designation. The model is expected to retail at about £16,500.

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