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China-owned British brand MG launches pickup in Thailand

Parent SAIC hopes iconic name will break into Japanese dominance

The launch of MG Extender is expected to bring in new competition in the pickup truck market in Thailand. (Photo courtesy of MG Sales Thailand)

BANGKOK -- China's SAIC Motor is hoping to break the stronghold of Japanese automakers in Thailand with the iconic British MG brand of cars.

SAIC Motor-CP, a joint venture with Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group, launched the MG Extender pickup truck on Wednesday.

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