Morris Garage (MG) Motors is a once-British now-Chinese auto manufacturing company. China’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) is the owner of this automotive brand since 2007. Pakistan’s JW-ZES Group is the local partner of MG Motors and Javed Afridi, the CEO of Haier Pakistan, is the major stakeholder. The company debuted in Pakistani auto market with MG HS, a compact SUV, in November 2020. MG Pakistan has plans to launch two more cars, MG ZS and MG ZS EV, in 2021.
History of MG
MG Motors started in 1924 as a British sports car manufacturing brand. But, over the course of 9 decades, the company has changed hands among 8 major automotive groups. MG Rover, Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC), and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) are the most popular names in the list of MG owners. SAIC, one of China’s biggest car manufacturing companies, is the current owner of MG Motors. SAIC manufactures MG cars in China and exports them across the globe. MG Motors acquired the greenfield status under Pakistan’s Automotive Development Policy 2016-2020. MG, then, partnered with JW-ZES Group, the owner of Haier Pakistan, and Peshawer Zalmi, and became a new-entrant in Pakistani market.
Performance and Technology in MG Vehicles
MG cars are world-wide famous for their excellent speed and build-quality.
MG HS is an SUV with sporty exterior and high quality interior. The HS in Pakistan comes with a 1.5-litre GDI Turbo-Charged engine, producing 160hp with maximum 250Nm torque. Feature highlights include LED daytime running lights, bi-function projector headlights, rear parking sensors, rear and front aero wipers, electrically adjustable side mirrors, 18-inch diamond cut alloy rims, and 10-inch infotainment system.
MG ZS will be another SUV option for Pakistanis. It will be equipped with the same 1.5-litre engine as the one in the HS. ZS will have an 8-inch infotainment system, 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, bi-function projector headlights, rear parking sensors, rear and front aero wipers, electrically adjustable side mirrors, six airbags, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
MG ZS EV
This electric variant of MG ZS SUV will be launched in Pakistan in 2021. The heart of the MG ZS EV is a 44.5 kWh battery that powers a front-mounted electric motor that produces 140hp and 350Nm torque. The company claims that ZS EV can travel up to 262 kilometers in a single charge. The EV will come with an auto CVT transmission and similar features like its twin the MG ZS.
MG Cars in Pakistan
MG HS is available for bookings at the dealership network of MG Pakistan. The other two SUVs, MG ZS and MG ZS EV, will most probably reach the local market this year.