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Confusion over when dealers can expect new MG 135TF

MG and its dealer network seem confused about when future product is likely to arrive in UK showrooms.

The standard 135 TF models have yet to arrive in dealerships, following the sellout of the 500 limited edition versions.

Drivestyle Harrogate MG managing director Steve Williams expects product to come through as soon as this month, but another dealer David Wood, general manager at Luffield Cars which also holds a Citroën franchise, doesn’t anticipate arrival before summer 2010.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman at MG Motors UK was more vague about the 135 TF’s arrival: “Work is progressing on schedule for the standard TF, upper medium MG saloon and a hatchback model based on the SAIC’s Roewe 550. 

“We can’t reveal anymore information at this time but hope to share more details later this year.”

But despite the uncertainty of when new product will be arriving dealers remain upbeat about the franchise.

Wood said: “We sold out of our allocation but we managed to get hold of four more cars. 

“We’re happy with the situation and we always knew that it would be a slow burn with the MG franchise.”

Williams added: “We had a great launch in December and November. Things went a little quiet in January and February but things are definitely picking up now.

“We’ve found MG to be really good to deal with and very forward thinking.”

Newly-renamed MG Motors UK (NAC MG UK) said its dealers had seen an increase in showroom traffic and enquiries for the standard models.

It said the network was developing in line with its plans and it is still actively recruiting dealers having just taken on franchisees in Hull and London.

“The current focus for MG is on raising brand awareness.
“Our dealers are beginning to undertake advertising in time for spring/summer interest,” added the spokeswoman.

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