The Chinese carmaker that purchased the remnants of the failed MG Rover Group has announced that production of MG cars is to resume at Longbridge, nearly 2 years since the last car rolled off the line at the facility.

Since signing the 33-year lease in 2005, Nanjing Automobile, has moved the majority of the original MG Rover assembly equipment to its all-new plant in China. The company’s mission to “revive, maintain and develop MG” and this will see with the manufacture of the new MG TF sports car, which will go on sale in both the UK and China.

While the Chinese production line will be responsible for much of the assembly process, but all right-hand drive TF roadster orders will be assembled in the revived West Midlands plant.

The re-opening of the Birmingham-based plant will bring a welcome boost to the local economy, employing many former MG Rover workers who will provide valuable product knowledge and skills. Production should kick-in during spring, 2007.

Full specification and further information on the MG TF model will be announced later this year.