Philippine Daily Inquirer

TO MANILA THRU CHINA: MG

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In October 2018, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCI) which also distribute­s Chevrolet vehicles, announced its appointmen­t as the exclusive importer and distributo­r of Morris Garages cars and parts in the PH. The launch of the MG ZS crossover, the RX 5 SUV, and the MG 6, followed the announceme­nt.

Exactly one year later on October 6, 2019, TCCI celebrated its first anniversar­y as the PH distributo­r of China-sourced MG vehicles by launching the 2020 MG 5 subcompact sedan with a SRP starting at P658,888.

MG is a fabled British brand dating back to 1924. To create an ambience evoking MG’S rich British racing heritage, TCCI displayed a vintage 1974 MG B GT in British racing green body paint at the venue, ditto sporting icons such as Liverpool Football Club banners.

In the United Kingdom, the MG brand underwent several ownership changes until 2005, when it was acquired from the MG Rover Group by SAIC, one of the Big 4 stateowned Chinese automakers.

With SAIC’S financial and technical support, MG resumed designing and manufactur­ing vehicles. In September 2016, SAIC ended MG production in the UK, and moved it to China although design continues to be developed at a design studio in London.

The 1.5-liter MG 5, TCCI’S fourth offering, is available in four variants with either a 5speed MT or a CVT gearbox, with the top-of-the line CVT variant priced at P938,888.

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