Healey, Austin-Healey Coming Back

Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corporation says it's reached a deal with Healey Automobile Consultants Limited, to bring back the Healey and Austin Healey nameplates.


The Chinese company, new owners of the MG Rover brands and their Longbridge, U.K., factory, and the Healey group, "are delighted to announce their intention to collaborate with each other on the future development of the Healey and Austin Healey brands and sports cars bearing their name," according to a press release.


The companies had been in discussions over the future of the nameplates, which were not clear when Nanjing bought the rights to the MG nameplate in 2005.


While Nanjing is busy relaunching the MG project in the U.K., plans for U.S.-built MGs are more hazy. Initially the company had announced an Oklahoma facility to build sportscars under the MG nameplate, but in April Nanjing leadership said the plans were still under discussion.


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