Since its arrival in India, MG Motor has been sweeping buyers off their feet with its well-priced and feature-rich offerings. Even though the British brand only has a handful of models on sale, all of them have been scoring well. In fact, March 2021 was a great month for MG as it moved 5,528 cars – its highest-ever monthly volume. That is a pretty impressive feat considering that, like several other automakers, MG Motor India has also been facing a shortage of semiconductor chips. However, little did the company know that there was a party-pooper on the horizon – a lockdown.
While not a nationwide exercise as the one in 2020, many states in India entered a lockdown in mid-April. This meant that automakers could no longer go on with business as usual, with some even having to cut back on production. MG Motor has its production facility in Gujarat, and when the second wave hit, it had to scale down its output. With barely two full weeks of normal operations, the Chinese-owned British brand could only sell 2,565 units last month. Come to think of it, that is not actually that bad. However, the net result of this was that MG’s overall sales declined by 53 percent compared to March 2021.
For MG Motor India, this comes at a time when it was already reeling under immense demand for its cars. Now that there is a lockdown (that could get extended to the end of May), the automaker’s backlog of pending deliveries will only rise further. On the other hand, the brand has decided to do some good with the downtime that it has found itself in. Left behind by the truck-load, MG’s Gujarat plant has loads of oxygen cylinders that are no longer needed for production purposes. Therefore, the automaker has decided to give them off to the healthcare sector that has been struggling to get hold of oxygen for Covid-19 patients. I think that is indeed a pretty noble gesture, don’t you think?
MG Motor India customers have four models to pick from – the Hector, Hector Plus, Gloster, and ZS EV. As the name suggests, the ZS EV is MG’s all-electric offering for India, with prices starting from Rs 20.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). But if you want to buy an SUV with a regular internal combustion engine, there are always the other three. The Hector and Hector Plus are essentially the same, save for the addition of a third row in the latter. Since a two-row SUV is usually cheaper to produce than a three-row one, the standard Hector costs less. In this case, the starting price of the MG Hector is Rs 13.18 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Meanwhile, the Hector Plus starts from a notably higher Rs 13.63 Lakh for the base 7-seater version.
If money is no object (relatively speaking), MG Motor India’s flagship Gloster SUV should be right up your alley. Seating up to seven, the MG Gloster starts from Rs 29.98 Lakh (for the entry-level 7-seater variant). At the high end, the Gloster can boast a window sticker of Rs 36.88 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Since MG only sells SUVs in India, the favorite kind of vehicle, it is probably going to catch the high tide sooner than later.