In the early afternoon of Friday 12th of May, the SAIC owned car carrier Viking Emerald docked at Port Kembla, south of Sydney, full of over 3100 new MG Motor vehicles.
This delivery is the first time that MG Motor Australia has filled an entire ship’s manifest with its own vehicles and therefore the car carrier didn’t need to make any stops enroute, sailing straight from Shanghai.
The shipment includes an unspecified number of MG ZS EV Long Range cars as well as other MG petrol and hybrid cars.
A few days later I had a ZS EV Long Range on loan for review, you can watch my range test below.
Approximately 25,000 new MG vehicles have arrived in Australia so far during 2023.
MG Motor Australia and New Zealand CEO Peter Ciao said:
“We have worked hard with our SAIC family to support our Australian dealers and their customers with this shipment. The Viking Emerald sparkled because it is carrying a full load of MG vehicles”.
“Time and time again, we see people feeling overwhelmed because of the pressures that they face as part of modern life. The least I can do is show how much we care and say thank you by delivering their car as soon as possible”.
“We have many exciting plans for Australia in the near future for electric vehicles, starting with the official launch and deliveries of the MG4 this year”.
Lengthy port delays while cars have been cleaned have caused a lot of Australian car buyers to be upset during the last year because they have to wait a long time to receive their order.
MG Motor Australia said that they understand, acknowledge and respect the importance of biosecurity measures to ensure the longevity and safety of Australia’s environment and ecosystem
They state their commitment to supporting Australia’s biosecurity measures and have invested and refined the steps they take both offshore and locally to ensure their cars are thoroughly cleaned prior to arriving in Australia, with the aim of MG dealers and customers getting faster delivery times as a result.
AAT Port Kembla Terminal Manager Evan commented :
“Australian Amalgamated Terminals Port Kembla has always been regarded as the ‘AAA’ quarantine cleaning facility in Australia for vehicles. The biggest challenge of 2023 has been the amount of cars needing to have biosecurity hazards cleaned”.
“To date 16,631 cars have been held, successfully cleaned and cleared of contamination which has further cemented AAT Port Kembla’s reputation as an experienced and highly capable organisation holding Approved Arrangements with the Department of Agriculture for dealing with biohazards”.
“AAT welcomes MG as a regular calling customer to our terminals and congratulate MG on their growth, export process refinement and improvement of import presentation of its vehicles.”