Silverstone, England - The new MG TF sports car has been unveiled at an MG International Race meeting in England to herald the return of the brand to Britain.

The car, built at Longbridge in Birmingham, was given pride of place among the annual gathering - this was the 57th - of the MG Car Club that included MG cars from throughout the 80-year history of the brand.

The TF will go into production towards the end of 2007 with a number of what MG's Chinese owners describe as "engineering innovations" as well as cosmetic changes "that will make the car a truly desireable proposition when it appears in showrooms".

Gary Hagen of Nanjing Automobile Corporation, which has owned the brand since 2005, said: "Judging by the reaction at Silverstone over the weekend this car is set to enjoy sales success in the UK.

"It has been extensively re-engineered and is very different to the previous TF.

"Our objective was to produce a highly desirable sports car offering performance, fun, reliability and value. This is a demanding market and the British public will not be disappointed."

Silverstone International is the highlight of the MG racing season. It attracted 550 race entries and broke all records in the process with racing covering all of the brand's history.

Richard Jones of the MG Car Club said: "We're delighted that NAC chose to debut the TF at this event. It's great to know that NAC understands the importance that enthusiasts will continue to play in the future success of the MG brand."