The Man Behind MG X-Power Got Arrested
The man who was supposed to employ 200 workers after spending more than 3 million pounds on his vision to maker 200 mph supercars has to deal with three lawsuits, says birminghampost.net. First, Riley has to fight Nanjing, the Chinese car manufacturer who bought MG, for the right to use the MG brand on the cars he was supposed to produce.
The second lawsuit refers to the fact that Will Riley has not paid any of his employees. “I lost my caravan and nearly lost my house because he didn’t pay us,” said Mr Cox, a former Longbridge worker, who helped to develop the X Power.
“If it hadn’t been for the help of my family, the house would have been repossessed. This could have been a great car but the money was never there to develop it. We never built a full car in all the time I was there – all those used in the promotion shots were Longbridge cars which we had tinkered with.
“He is fighting this battle with Nanjing while we were working without pay.”
The third lawsuit, for which Riley got arrested, is related to a Canadian businessman who received a MG X Power car as payment. When the car arrived in Canada, the man saw the interior was incomplete, so he sent the car back. After a while he found his car for sale on an auction site.
“Aside from the fact that it has had a financial impact on me, all this has been very embarrassing,” said the Canadian. “I had told people about this car and the idea was that it would come here and I could use it to attract potential investors.
‘‘I had already put nine months of work in for the company. It was sent back because it just wasn’t in a state where I wanted to show it to people. When I saw it up for auction, my heart dropped.”