MG Motor has seen a great deal of success in the Indian market. In fact, February saw the Chinese-owned British automaker selling 4,329 units – marking a year-over-year growth of 215 percent! The company attributed the tremendous growth to the Hector, Gloster, and ZS EV – all of which have done their part. However, along with the staggering growth, MG Motor India has been facing issues regarding a shortage of semiconductor chips. Over the past few months, this issue has been affecting pretty much every major automaker in the country.
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Furthermore, the rising number of orders for MG cars is also another reason behind the growing waiting period. According to MG Motor India, the current waiting period for its cars range between two to three months. Since the MG Hector is the brand’s best-selling model in the country, it will be logical to assume that it has the longest waiting period. However, with no exact numbers from MG, new customers can expect the whole model lineup to boast a long enough queue.
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For MG Motor India, the issues with the supply of the aforementioned semiconductor chips might have only hit quite recently. On the other hand, the entire global automotive industry has been dealing with the domino effect such a hurdle usually brings with it. This includes cutting production rates of cars, even of models that have the highest demand in the given market. As for MG Motor India, the company has conveyed its appreciation towards customers who might have already booked their cars.
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The MG range in India starts with the entry-level Hector at Rs 12.90 Lakh and the Hector Plus at Rs 13.35 Lakh. This is followed by the more expensive ZS EV at Rs 20.99 Lakh and the Gloster at Rs 29.98 Lakh. Of course, these are all the cars’ ex-showroom prices. MG offers the popular Hector in five, six, and seven-seater options. It comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 141hp and 250Nm and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that produces 168hp and 350Nm. Depending on the powerplant under the hood, customers of the Hector can pick a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, or a CVT gearbox.
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Meanwhile, the ZS EV is the only fully-electric vehicle from MG Motor in India at the moment. The ZS EV comes with a 44.5kWh battery which powers an electric motor that generates 141hp and 353Nm of torque. In typical EV fashion, the MG ZS EV is quite brisk – clocking 0 to 100 kmph in 8.5 seconds. Finally, we have the largest offering from MG Motor India, the Gloster. This SUV comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine in two states of tune and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. In its base avatar, this oil burner produces 161hp and 375Nm, with output rising to 215hp and 480Nm of torque. Being in the same segment as the Toyota Fortuner and the new Tata Safari, the MG Gloster has been racking up over 3,000 units per month.
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