Production of the MG TF stopped in 2005, when MG Rover went into receivership, only to resume production in 2007 under the company’s new owners Nanjing Automobile of China.
The MG TF was the first car of its class to be awarded a leading 4-star safety performance from Euro NCAP.
Now, after many years, MG has announced plans to end production of the TF roadster, ahead of launching its successor by 2013. MG Motor UK Ltd confirmed that a replacement for the long-serving roadster is already in the product plan, that it will be designed and developed in the UK.
“A brand like MG needs a true sports car in its offering,” said MG Motor UK Ltd sales and marketing boss Guy Jones, “and as soon as our primary line-up of volume models is established in the UK, we expect to introduce one.”
Furthermore, according to an Autocar source, the TF replacement would be underpinned by the upcoming MG 3 or MG 5.
This is a bit interesting as both these vehicles are front-wheel drive, but the company would reportedly make several modifications to convert the platform to rear-wheel drive.