Our Capabilities

The UK engineering team is capable of and equipped for engineering both complete vehicles and major powertrain components.

As part of SAIC’s global engineering team, the UK’s normal scope of work is the concept and initial engineering phases of new vehicle and PT programmes and the engineering, development, sign-off and certification of products for European markets. Significant support is expected from the UK for the production phases of programmes to be launched in China.

In Design, SMTC UK is responsible for MG brand development and identity, and acts as an internal consultant for Roewe products destined for the Chinese market.

In addition to our core responsibilities and capabilities, SMTC UK also employs many in business support functions including Finance, HR, IT, and Commercial\Purchasing. These departments, along with other operational staff members enable our engineering and design employees to work to their maximum effectiveness.


Creativity and innovation are core values of the SAIC Design Team.  Situated in a purpose built Design Studio, the UK Design Team delivers world class concepts to support the SAIC product portfolio for both MG and Roewe brands.

The Design Studio employs a wide range of skilled designers from around the world, all specialists in the art of automotive design. Creating fresh ideas and pushing the boundaries of innovation and design is a daily activity to ensure the customer receives modern and forward thinking products from the company.

From sketches through to surface sign off the designer’s job is to create and protect the design through to production ensuring that the original vision and intention is maintained to the showroom.  Sketching ideas is still at the heart of the best designers and at SAIC the Design team are encouraged to get their ideas down on paper and the computer screen.

Advanced Engineering

Advanced Engineering harnesses the full engineering capabilities of SMTC UK to develop world-class architectures for new MG and Roewe vehicles for SAIC, meeting the ever increasing demands for improved fuel economy, features, crash performance, dynamics, refinement, quality and reliability at competitive costs.

The Advanced Engineering team has high levels of expertise in these areas and collectively provides the capability to develop a fully integrated design.  The Advanced Engineering Team leads the development from initial target setting, through concept development, covering all key development phases up to full engineering production release.

Advanced Engineering also leads research into new pioneering technologies for future applications into SMPV products.  Specific priorities for research are established in vehicle efficiency improvement, propulsion technology, energy storage, tools and processes.

Advanced Engines

The continuing drive for improved CO2 ratings translate into key drivers for the Advanced Engines team in relation to both mechanical and thermal efficiency. Technology route-maps for all components result from legislative requirements, customer expectation and competitor action.

Original design at the concept phase defines the architectural features for our engines that will satisfy the business’ future requirements.

A suite of engine dynamometers and sub system test rigs on site supports necessary performance , economy, mechanical and NVH tests, optimising friction, boosting and cooling system with rapid warm up.