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In pictures: MG Rover reopens

MG TF pre-production sports car

The reopening of the MG Rover plant at Longbridge came as a symbolic triumph for the city of Birmingham.

MG TF pre-production sports car

Three new MG TF sportscars were on display at a ceremony staged by new owner Nanjing Automobile Corporation.

MG TF pre-production sports car

But the vehicles unveiled at the opening were merely assembled at Longbridge, not manufactured there.

Journalists attending MG Rover relaunch

Even so, the event attracted a great deal of attention from the British media...

Chinese woman journalist reporting from Longbridge

...As well as from 16 Chinese-language journalists, who had come to Birmingham specially for the occasion.

Vintage MG belonging to enthusiast

A parade of historic MG cars, the oldest dating back to 1925, was another feature of the occasion.

MG flags flying outside Longbridge plant with Chinese banner

The firm that now owns Longbridge is China's oldest carmaker - and most of the MG's components will be made in China.

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