MG to launch first ad campaign under Chinese owners

LONDON - Classic car brand MG is launching its first UK marketing activity following its acquisition by Chinese firm, the Nanjing Motor Group. It will also be the first national campaign since the break-up of MG Rover in 2005.

Production has resumed on the TF LE500 model, and MG will be promoting its return to Birmingham's Longbridge plant with print, outdoor and experiential work. The brand's strapline will be 'A new journey', while ads for the new model will feature the line 'Fun is back'.

Print ads are already running in automotive and lifestyle magazines, and the brand's website will be re-launched this week.

A series of outdoor events to promote the latest model will take place in UK city centres, while incumbent agency Room 251 is developing a digital campaign.

MG marketing manager Peter Brooking said the outdoor aspect of the campaign activity would focus on the Birmingham region, where the brand suffered from a raft of negative PR as a result of 6000 redundancies at the Longbridge plant, following the break-up of MG Rover.

In 2007, Zhang Xin, general manager of Nanjing MG Motor, announced that he wanted the initials MG - an abbreviation of Morris Garages, named after founder William Morris - to represent 'Modern Gentlemen'.


Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Brand Republic Jobs

subscribe now


Oasis #springasmile digital campaign gets people doing good deeds
Coca-Cola: 'Don't approach bloggers with a fait accompli'
Tesco CMO Matt Atkinson: 'It is so important not to stereotype mothers'
McDonald's gives Ronald a new look ahead of global 'Fun times' social media push
In pictures: BrewDog opens first craft beer shop BottleDog for 'beer aficionados'
Facebook ad revenue leaps $1bn as it invests in targeting
Malteser or Maltesers? Mars takes Hershey trademark dispute to court
Apple Q2 profits top $10bn as iPhone sales soar
Lynx tells men not to leave love to fate
HBO captures awkwardness of watching sex scenes with parents
Primark to open first US stores with Boston chosen as flagship location
Marketing spend on the up but a reality check is needed before celebrating
Top 10 ads of the week: Jackpotjoy and BT Broadband fend off Kevin Bacon
Lidl beats Tesco to 10m Facebook fans
Center Parcs ad banned for encouraging parents to take kids out of school
Coca-Cola, Cadbury and Amazon named top brands for targeting youth market
Leaked document shows Nokia to be rebranded as Microsoft Mobile
Nike lays-off hardware staff in move that casts doubt on future of FuelBand
Greenpeace says save the bees or humans will die
What brands need to know about changes to VAT and online downloads in 2015
Jimmy Savile victims urged to claim compensation in new ad campaign
UKIP launches biggest  ad campaign and stirs up 'racist' accusations
Apple boss Tim Cook provides voiceover on ad touting firm's renewed green commitments
John Lewis walks consumers through its history to celebrate 150 years of business
Waitrose boosts content strategy with 'Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose' C4 tie-up
Hottest virals: Cute puppies star in Pedigree ad, plus Idris Elba and Fruyo
Amnesty International burns candles to illuminate new hope
Tom of Finland's 'homoerotic' drawings made into stamps
Toyota achieves the impossible by calming angry Roman drivers
YouTube reveals user habits to appeal to 'older' marketers