MG sales rise more than 76% as industry recovery continues

It’s a mid-year sales record for the Chinese brand as its EV line-up outperforms the industry average

MG sales have rocketed by 76.3% year-on-year, and the Chinese brand shifted 519 more cars in the first six months of 2021 than it did in the whole of 2019.

MG claims that it surpassed a 1.5% UK market share in five of those months and that 31.4% of all the cars it has sold have fully electric powertrains. The average among other car makers’ is 8.1%, making MG the fourth-biggest EV brand in the country, it says.

It launched the MG ZS EV – an all-electric family SUV – in 2019 and followed it with the electric MG 5 SW EV estate last year. It also introduced its first plug-in hybrid powertrain in the MG HS large SUV last year.

In addition to its new electric  models, MG says more than 30 new dealers have joined its network in the past 12 months, boosting the total in the UK to 137.

“Mid-year is the perfect time to reflect on our achievements so far in 2021, a year which has seen us constantly outperform the market in what have been some really tough trading conditions,” said Guy Pigounakis, MG’s commercial director.

“As we focus on achieving yet another record year through the second half of 2021, we take huge pride in the fact we have a very focused and engaged dealer network, great product, some class-leading EVs, a strong model range and some incredible results to shout about, not least as one of the nation’s best-loved and best-selling electric car brands.”

The upturn in performance for MG comes amid an industry-wide recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused registrations to tumble by 29.4% in 2020.

Figures from the SMMT revealed that registrations had bounced back by 674% in May and 28% in June this year, despite car manufacturers around the world being hampered by a global shortage of semiconductor computer chips.