September 2011 – 2011 MG6 GT
We have had quite a few cars and, at the moment, we have a 1964 MGB: a 2003 MGTF; a 2004 MGZR; and we had an MGZS which was OK but I didn’t like the “man-colour” X-Power grey. After much nagging, we sold that which meant we were in the market for another 4-door car, as by this time we were quite well-known in MG circles and often needed to drive others round to events. There was nothing around for us under the banner of MG, so we were starting to think about other makes. I have to say, every time I looked at a VW or some such car, I felt guilty. I was somehow letting the MG brand down by even thinking about possibly buying a rival make. Then along came my answer.
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After 16 years of no new cars, MG were making a whole new series with the help of the Chinese.
This didn’t matter to me, as I’m sure the other modern cars I’d been thinking about, were probably manufactured with the help of some foreign factory or other. My dilemma had been solved.
The next thing to do was to put it’s promised specifications to the test. We arranged to go up to the test track at Prodrive, Warwickshire for an afternoon of fun!
It was at the test track at Prodrive, Warwickshire that we met John Newey , a dealer from Dudley, who spent the rest of the afternoon explaining all its workings to us. He had obviously read everything that had been produced about the MG6 which gave us confidence to order a car through him. We decided on the top of the range, the TSE, as I wanted leather seats and the rear view camera. It also has a colour sat-nav which I knew would be useful.
We were really surprised about 3 weeks later to hear that John had our white MG6GT in his showroom. It was arranged we’d drive up there to collect it from his showroom. I knew it was his first hand-over sale, but I didn’t know it was the first hand-over of an MG6 GT anywhere. We arrived in his showroom to be greeted by flashes from a photographer from the local paper and the Press were on the phone waiting to talk to us. It was overwhelming. This was to be the first of many photo-sessions as Kimber House wanted a memento of the first MG6 going to a couple from Abingdon, the spiritual home of MGs. The Abingdon press then got involved and Daisy, my lovely white MG6 was photographed again. It did get rather a lot of publicity but it’s quietened down now.
With all the support from John and the staff of MG Motor UK, Ian Pogson, Keith Allen and Steph Vickers, I don’t believe I could have had a more personal service from any other company.
Thanks to you all for a great car. I love her.
Owner: Gill Martin
Make/model: MG6 GT
Month/year of manufacture: 2011
Engine size/type: 1.8 Turbo
Top speed: 120mph
Gearbox type: 5 speed
Date purchased: 25th May 2011
Pet name of car: “Daisy”