SAIC Motor Philippines, Inc. (SMP) has assumed the role of importer and distributor of Morris Garages (MG) products and services in the Philippines, along with local MG aftersales operations, as was announced during a recent event held by SMP for bank partners and MG dealer principals at The Fifth at Rockwell in Makati, on July 19, 2023.
The event’s guests of honor included Pedro Garcia, Vice President of SAIC Motor Spain, and Oleg Son, MG Motor Design Director.
“Today, we mark the beginning of a new era in the Philippine automotive industry, one that will lead to a new wave of exceptional vehicles,” says Felix Jiang, President of SAIC Motor Philippines, Inc. “SAIC Motor Philippines is poised to make a resounding impact in the automotive landscape, setting new benchmarks and redefining what it means to drive with excellence.”
The event also provided an initial preview of three new fully-electric MG vehicles that will be made available in the Philippines through SMP. These are: the MG 4, MG ZS EV, and MG Marvel R. SMP announced that these models will be officially launched by Q4 2023. The forthcoming arrival of these new MG EVs is a testament to SAIC’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and cutting-edge design.
Apart from importation, distribution, and aftersales operations, SMP’s functions also include the management of MG’s dealership network in the Philippines. This is currently composed of 42 authorized dealer locations nationwide and, in his speech, Jiang noted the addition of four (4) more dealerships before the close of 2023, and a goal to have 60 MG dealerships running by 2025.
Prior to SMP, MG was handled in the Philippines by The Covenant Car Company, Inc for the past five years. (TCCCI). TCCCI is also the distributor that handles Chevrolet and Volvo. MG Philippines grew to tremendous levels–breaking even to the top 10 list of best-selling brands for most of its history under TCCCI. Now though, SAIC Motor, which is MG’s parent company, has officially taken over Philippine operations as well.