A boardroom row in America has hit Nanjing Automobile's plans to revive the MG marque across the Atlantic.
A falling out of senior executives at the Oklahoma-based project has seen the departure of Duke T Hale, who was appointed president and chief executive of MG Cars North America last year.
The row is thought to centre on the emphasis within MG on plans to restart production of the TF sports car.
Mr Hale, who caused an uproar when he gloated about getting MG without the pensions or legacy costs of redundancy, wanted Nanjing Automobile to focus its efforts on the US operation, while the Chinese carmaker wanted to restart production at Longbridge first.
Meanwhile, the pressure is on to complete negotiations for the design of the US assembly plant with the aim of striking a deal by March 31.
The deadline for the US part of the MG project comes nine months after The Birmingham Post revealed it had agreed to set up a plant in the US.
Martin Nuttle, chairman of Oklahoma Global Motors, said: "If we can meet this schedule, then we would be actually rolling cars off the the assembly line early second quarter next year."
He confirmed that Americans had been working at Longbridge to get the factory ready for production.
"We're helping with the marketing, dealer network, services, which is what they don't know.
"Manufacturing they get."
Language differences, with documents having to be translated into Chinese, had caused problems.