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SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre was formed to be the engineering development and design centre for the SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle division of SAIC.  Here at the UK Technical Centre we provide engineering and design solutions for both the MG Motor UK and Roewe brands.

A traditional UK brand with a long and respected sporting heritage, recognised around the world for its history of exciting and fun filled products.  Reborn under SAIC ownership, the brand again will lead the march of new sporting product ranges across the globe.

All new MG vehicles focus on a highly rewarding and fun driving experience, backed by high levels of safety and quality.

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When SAIC Motor decided to establish its “Own Brand” automotive company in 2005, a new brand was required with which to reflect the ambitious positioning and business growth plans which had been developed for the Group. Roewe was born, and the brand is currently focused on the China automotive market.

The symbolism in the badge (red, black, gold and the lions, sword and letter style) reflects both Chinese and British culture and heritage, and was born from the Anglo-Chinese engineering cooperation at the initiation of the “Own Brand” Company.

GS

The MG GS is MG Motor’s first SUV.
The GS has travelled over 750,000 miles as part of its testing and it has braved the 46°C heat of Australia’s Alice Springs and -30° chills of Arjeplog in Sweden. The SMTC UK engineering team played a key part in this testing.

To make sure the GS is as streamlined and fuel efficient as possible, it was also put through more than 200 hours of wind tunnel testing to develop its highly-efficient aerodynamics.

MG3

MG3 was first announced in China at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2010 under the guise of the MG Zero Concept Car.

The design of both the Concept car and the MG3 production model was under the leadership of the SMTC UK Design team.

The production MG3 was unveiled at the Guangzhou Motor Show in December 2010 for sale in China in Spring 2011.It was the second all-new vehicle designed and engineered by SMTC UK. Based on an all-new platform, the vehicle was concept engineered to be fully EU compliant and fully competitive in both the Chinese and EU markets.

The engineering was the responsibility of SMTC UK for about two years before transfer to China to be productionised.

MG6

The acquisition and adoption of MG as the Company’s global brand in 2007, required that a new design and engineering direction was required. The first vehicle following this direction was MG6. Based on the same platform as Roewe 550, the fastback MG6 was specified, designed and engineered in the UK where the MG brand is best understood. The first introduction of MG6 was in China where SMTC UK’s engineering was adapted and developed by the Shanghai team to suit Chinese market tastes and expectations. This was in parallel with work in the UK where the European specification was developed and certified to meet the re-introduction of the brand into the UK market.

The role of the MG6 Magnette was to begin the process of offering an increased product range to satisfy a wider market need. The styling programme was undertaken in the UK being based on the MG6 GT work extended to include the changes for a saloon derivative. Much of the development work for the Magnette was carry-over from the GT version and therefore UK based.

Launched some four months after the GT derivative, these models together represent the first product step which will be built on in the future with additional engines, including a new technology diesel engine in 2012.

Roewe RX 5

The Roewe RX 5 is the first fully connected internet car developed In partnership with Alibaba.

Inside there is an ergonomically designed 10.4-inch high-definition capacitive touch screen with 7-inch interactive virtual instrument.

The RX 5 features precise monitoring of vehicle speed and distance, giving the driver an intelligent advanced warning of a potential collision.

Roewe 950

The Roewe 950 is designed to give the customer a sense of luxury whilst driving. The seats of the driver, front passenger and the back row are all set with independent temperature zones to allow for personalised temperature control. The interior of the 950 also features a panoramic view skylight as well as an elegant chrome finish. The 950 is equipped with a 3.0L V6 TGI intelligent direct injection engine and has a maximum torque of 296N.m.

Roewe 360

The Roewe 360 features an intelligent traffic network system and an 8-inch touch screen. Powered by a 1.4TGI direct injection turbocharged engine and 7-speed TST smart-dual clutch transmission the Roewe 360 also features highly efficient blue core 20T Power Technology and European level suspension tuning.

Roewe 550

Roewe 550 was defined to be a smaller sister to Roewe 750 and the next most important product in the planned sequence of new Roewe product introductions. The concept creation commenced in 2005 in Leamington Spa for a fully EU compliant product. The design and engineering of Roewe 550 was the responsibility of the UK team for the first two years of the programme. Style development was carried out in an Italian Design House under UK design leadership to ensure integration with the engineering team back in the UK. During the programme the Shanghai technical team increasingly became involved so that from the 18 month point the process of engaging with Chinese suppliers could commence.

UK engineers followed the transfer of the engineering responsibility into China, and worked substantially alongside the growing number of Chinese colleagues in the Shanghai Technical Centre as the vehicle went into production in 2008.

Roewe E 50

The Roewe E 50, was officially launched at the 2012 Guangzhou auto-show, based on an all-new SAIC developed platform weighing just 1,080kg – making it about a third lighter than Nissan’s Leaf at that time. With a 47 kW motor and a battery pack from A123 Systems the E50 has a range of 180 km (112 miles) and a top speed of up to 120 km/h (75 mph). The EV supports either 220V charging or fast charging, which can bring the battery to an 80% state of charge in 30 minutes.

The E50 uses several lightweight materials for various applications to support reduced energy consumption and lower emissions.

The Roewe E 50, was officially launched at the 2012 Guangzhou auto-show, based on an all-new SAIC developed platform weighing just 1,080kg – making it about a third lighter than Nissan’s Leaf at that time. With a 47 kW motor and a battery pack from A123 Systems the E50 has a range of 180 km (112 miles) and a top speed of up to 120 km/h (75 mph). The EV supports either 220V charging or fast charging, which can bring the battery to an 80% state of charge in 30 minutes.

The E50 uses several lightweight materials for various applications to support reduced energy consumption and lower emissions.

Roewe W5

W5 is the first mid-sized SUV to be introduced into the Roewe brand line-up. SUV platform technology existed in the Group at SsangYong and as a consequence for speed of introduction, W5 is based largely on this existing technology. The UK team was asked to act as an internal “consultant” on the adaptation of the platform and on the Roewe styling programme to ensure the developing Roewe brand design themes were fully incorporate into the vehicle styling. The majority of the engineering and design work however was undertaken between Korea and Shanghai.

Being a ladder framed vehicle, the W5 exhibits a robustness which supports its off-road capability and applications, and an on-road refinement associated with the growing trend towards larger street based use.

Roewe 350

The initial concept for a new vehicle platform from which two smaller vehicles would be created was commenced in the UK in 2006. Once complete, workload considerations dictated that the vehicle engineering for the larger of these two vehicles was transferred to an engineering team at SsangYong in Korea and the key engineering link became Korea to China once the engineering had been securely handed over. The second of these two smaller vehicles – MG3 – remained UK responsibility.

Roewe 350 is the smallest of the current Roewe saloon product range, and has a market positioning in China commensurate with its smaller size.

The all new small 1.5 litre engine introduced with Roewe 350 was conceived, engineered and developed in SMTC UK before the engineering was transferred to China to be put into production. Size, weight and cost were the key engineering objectives given to the Powertrain team given the wide range of future potential applications earmarked for this engine.

Roewe 750

The first model introduced by the new “Own brand” company was Roewe 750. From a standing start in 2005, the stretched model, based on Rover 75 IPR (engineering), was introduced in China in 2007. SMTC UK undertook the stretch engineering and supported the interpretation and implementation of the total model engineering into Chinese suppliers and SAIC Motor vehicle manufacturing facilities. Styling work for the Roewe 750 was undertaken in China with design and feasibility support from UK designers and engineers stationed in Shanghai. The shape of the cooperation between UK and Chinese engineers in those early years enabled the fastest possible route to commencing production of a new Roewe product by a new company into the Chinese market.

Clearly there were stance, poise and proportion similarities to Rover 75, but since its introduction Roewe 750 has evolved significantly in design and technology, much of which has been undertaken by the China Technical Centre supported by a significant group of UK engineers stationed in China on long term contracts.

The 1.8 turbo and V6 engine introduction was strongly supported by the UK Powertrain team both in development and their introduction into manufacture. The manual transmission for Roewe 750 was engineered for the application with very significant engineering, analysis and development support from the UK team.

MG CS

The MG CS was the Pre-production show car for the MG GS. It was launched at the renowned Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 and was the first SUV with the MG badge.

MG3 Trophy Championship

The MG3 Trophy Championship concept is based on the MG3 production vehicle platform. It was engineered by SMTC UK, highlighting the in-house engineering, design and calibration capabilities by SMTC UK at Longbridge. It continues the MG tradition of club racing

MG Icon

The MG Icon was a concept vehicle exhibited at Beijing Autoshow in
2012. During the show the vehicle was the winner of the ‘Best Concept’ award.

MG Zero

MG Zero Concept was unveiled to the world’s media at the 2010 Beijing Motorshow.

The MG Zero Concept car was developed by the MG Global Design team, led by British Design Director Anthony (Tony) Williams-Kenny, based at the SMTC UK Design studio in Birmingham.

MG 5

The MG 5 was developed by SAIC Motor UK and China Technical Centres. It shared the same platform with the Roewe 350 and was launched in China in 2012.