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CMH pulls local sales of MG and Maxus models

CMH pulls local sales of MG and Maxus models

Automotive retail giant Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) has reportedly announced it would no longer import derivatives of the Chinese-build MG3, MG6 and Maxus V80 commercial vehicles to South Africa.

In an interview with Business Report on Wednesday, CHM CEO Jeb McIntosh said the continuing deterioration of the Rand has made importation of the vehicles no longer feasible, adding it would continue to support existing owners with service and back-up.

Re-introduced to South Africa in 2011 after the bankrupt MG-Rover Group was taken over by the Nanjing Automobile Group in 2005, the MG6 (pic) has sold in small numbers with buyers limited to a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 118 kW and 215 N.m of torque, a choice of three trim levels and with prices ranging from R239 900 to R309 900.

A similar reception was given to the MG3 supermini three years later with buyers again limited to a single 1.5-litre petrol engine (78 kW / 137 N.m), three trim levels and prices from R159 900 to R199 900.

The Maxus, formally sold under the now discontinued Leyland-DAF Vans (LDV) banner in Europe and powered by a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine once used in the Ford Transit, had been available as both a van, dropside pick-up and 16-seat taxi with prices ranging from R316 000 to R410 000.


IMAGE sourced from auto-database.com