MG Motor is expanding into Ireland in the company’s process of expansion in Europe. In Ireland, the company will only be offering plug-in models. MG has also officially launched its first ZS EV in Australia and New Zealand.
In Ireland, all three electric models will be sold starting this month. These are the all-electric MG ZS EV and new MG5 EV, as well as the plug-in hybrid MG HS Plug-in. The ZS EV will be introduced first. MG is partnering with the Irish distributor Franck Keane Group to bring electric MGs to Ireland.
In the UK, the brand has been growing strongly. In continental Europe, the SAIC-owned company’s expansion extends to several other countries including France, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. Malta, Portugal and Italy will follow this.
In Australia, the ZS EV will be the most affordable electric car in the country, costing just AUS $40,990 before on-road costs, and $43,990 drive-away. Just across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand the ZS EV will be priced at MG ZS EV will be priced at NZ $48,990 drive-away. In New Zealand too, with the updated price the electric car undercuts the costs of the Hyundai Ioniq sedan and Nissan Leaf hatchback.
MG Australia and New Zealand CEO Peter Ciao said that pre-order customers would also benefit from the on-sale pricing. “Electric vehicles have incredible driving performance, that’s the future. Everyone should have the chance to drive it,” he said.
Danny Lenartic, marketing and product director for MG in Australia/New Zealand explained that key to reducing the price for the MG ZS EV had been the fact that SAIC has developed its battery supply chain. “On the new energy front SAIC has made considerable investment on battery technology, and has its supply chain,” Lenartic said.
MG says it will introduce electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to the Antipodean countries in all car segments within the next five years.
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