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Re: New MG's in America

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Subject: Re: New MG's in America
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 12:40:40 -0700
I would agree with the basic sentiment, but you must realize that electronic
engine management is absolutely necessary to meet emissions requirements,
not to mention that it enables the incredible power output and flexibility
of modern engines. And is doubtless cheaper than somehow doing it sans
computers (if that were even possible).

Otherwise, yeah, the heck with power steering, brakes, windows, seats, top,
or ABS -- none of that is remotely necessary in a well-balanced small sports
car, it just runs the price up into the luxury category.

on 6/26/01 12:03 PM, Barrie Robinson at wrote:

> You have to wonder about the English mentality after WW2.  There's the MG -
> a sporty low cost vehicle aimed at fun.  But they gradually let the marque
> go sour while unions striked on every little matter and management put
> fingers up lowest orifice and minds in neutral.  Along comes the Miata to
> show how right Kimble was and  BL (or who-ever!) responds with not an MG
> but a bloody expensive leather bound, electric twitted, air-conditioned,
> all the gizmoes, "look-I'm-the-same" vehicle.  I would dearly love to buy a
> small two seater with no electric this and that, no leather, no power
> steering (it used to fine without power in TDs, TFs and MGBs) No power
> brakes, no space age materials, no fancy engine management, no computers,
> no ashtay, no clock, no pop-up this and pop-up that, no ABS, No EFI, no
> VTEC, no FFT, no WHAT, no YFOR, no MYGOD - and at a low price and all the
> charisma of an MG
> At 09:46 AM 6/26/01 -0400, wrote:
>> In a message dated 6/26/01 3:42:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>> writes:
>>> And so, I give a big yawn to MG's latest offerings. America is flooded
>> with
>>> sports sedans, we don't need anymore, and the marque cannot compete
>> against
>>> the BMW 3-series, the Benz C-class, and the Audi A4's. Enough is enough.
>>> MG,
>> - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>> I agree entirely, Tom.  The only way they could be sold here is in the under
>> $20K range, and there is no way they can be profitable for very long if they
>> try that.  I doubt that the new company has the money to design a new
>> roadster either.  Their best bet would be to federalize the F, but could they
>> be competitive with Miata in price?  I doubt it.
>> Allen Hefner
>> SCCA Philly Region Rally Steward
>> '77 Midget
>> '92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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