MG has an enviable heritage of delivering performance-driven cars. Founded in 1924, MG is the result of a vision by Cecil Kimber, who wanted to create Morris cars with a sporty edge. The first MGs were two-seater sports cars and coupes based on existing Morris models with re-bodied, tuned bodies and engines.
The octagonal ‘MG’ logo is one of the most instantly recognisable badges in automotive history. It was chosen by MG founder Cecil Kimber as a nod to his employer, William Morris, and the original Morris garages where his cars were built.
Over the years, MG has undergone many changes in ownership starting with the merger of Morris and Austin in 1952 to form The Nuffield Organisation. The MG Division was then a component of the 1968 merger that created British Leyland Motor Corporation. Following nationalisation in the early 1970s, BL favoured its other badged models and MG production faded with the disappearance of the MG Midget in 1979 and the MG B GT in 1980.
During its heyday, MG was one of the best selling British sports car brands in the world. The MGB roadster, a classic two-seater with a top speed of over 80mph, was the marque’s most successful model and it became famous for its agility, handling and driver appeal.
MG returned to the UK market in 2012 with the launch of the MG3 supermini, which was designed at Longbridge. It is a popular model that was awarded BTCC Manufacturer of the Year in 2014. The brand also competes in motorsport with the MG6 GT and MG ZR.