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News : Brexit may force JLR into hybrids sooner…

News : Brexit may force JLR into hybrids sooner…

Keith Adams Last week’s historic Brexit vote looks set to have lasting implications for the UK motor industry, not least its largest and most important domestic manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover. According to a former consultant to the company, the company is going to have to re-evaluate its range, with regards to the fuel consumption and […]

Video : Disco tows 100-tonne train and, er, survives

Video : Disco tows 100-tonne train and, er, survives

The Discovery Sport was able to pull 60 times its own weight, when powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 177bhp Ingenium diesel engine. In addition, the Discovery Sport benefitted from Land Rover’s portfolio of towing and traction technologies such as Terrain Response, Tow Assist, Tow Hitch Assist and All Terrain Progress Control – a semi-autonomous off-road […]

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News : Aston Martin DB11 makes Goodwood debut

News : Aston Martin DB11 makes Goodwood debut

The Aston Martin DB11 will be seen running for the first time at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (23-26 June). The 600bhp, 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 GT car will be on display in the Michelin Supercar Paddock during the Festival weekend and will be driven up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile hillclimb by Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer. […]

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News : Jaguar F-Type SVR roars into Goodwood

News : Jaguar F-Type SVR roars into Goodwood

Visitors to Goodwood’s Festival of Speed (23-26 June) will be the first to witness the new Jaguar F-Type SVR as it makes its UK driving debut. The 200mph Jaguar will be will have its work cut out making a splash on its appearance at Goodwood’s iconic hillclimb event, given the quality of the cars on show there. Engineered by […]

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News : MG GS undergoes pre-(UK) launch testing

News : MG GS undergoes pre-(UK) launch testing

In June 2016, the new MG GS goes on sale in the UK. To mark the occasion, MG has been sharing images from its development, from the design brief and early sketches through to what it’s gone through to ensure it performs at its best. All new models are put through their paces, and the MG GS is […]

Events : Celebrating Swindon’s wheels of Pressed Steel

Events : Celebrating Swindon’s wheels of Pressed Steel

On Saturday 9 July, a cavalcade of classic and modern cars will parade around Swindon’s unique Magic Roundabout. All these cars will have had their body panels pressed at the MINI Plant in Swindon, formerly known as Pressed Steel… Taking advantage of the roundabout being closed for routine maintenance, the parade will begin at around […]

AROnline blogs

Blog : Brexit – keep calm, and carry on…

Blog : Brexit – keep calm, and carry on…

Keith Adams In the run-up to last week’s referendum AROnline kept pretty quiet about the various pros and cons of an anticipated Brexit. Why? I guess because I thought that it would never happen. It was going to be close, that’s for sure, and the Remain campaign was absolutely useless on both sides of the political fence, […]

Blog : MG6 – gone, and probably forgotten

Blog : MG6 – gone, and probably forgotten

Keith Adams Well, that’s it – as Mike Humble confirmed in his recent First Drive story on the MG GS, MG Motor UK has pulled the plug on the 6, with the final unsold cars in the dealer network not being replaced when they’re gone. Given this was the first all-new car to wear the MG […]

Blog : Brexit – what next for the UK’s motor industry?

Blog : Brexit – what next for the UK’s motor industry?

Ian Nicholls Now that the divisive EU referendum has been settled, attention turns to what happens next. Where, then, does the British motor industry stand? Much of the British motor industry has been rebuilt in the past 30 years with a focus on attaining access to the EU Single Market. Out of the ashes of the British Leyland […]

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Blog : Four nations, four nights

Blog : Four nations, four nights

Steven Ward On Tuesday, 31 May at precisely 18.00hrs, I resigned and left my job. I’d had enough and needed to escape the Rat Race with immediate effect. My next stop was hastily decided upon by a weather report and a half-hearted promise made during my previous job. By 19.00hrs my car, the Freelander 2 […]

Blog : Vauxhall Insignia vs Rover 75 – the parallels are uncanny

Blog : Vauxhall Insignia vs Rover 75 – the parallels are uncanny

Mike Humble As most of you will know, I take a big interest in all the current cars and other vehicles which are built by the major UK-based manufacturers on my own website. Needless to say, I was chuffed to bits when the new Vauxhall Astra was awarded the 2016 European COTY award and rightly so – it’s very efficient, technology-led and […]

Blog : MG GS – First impressions

Blog : MG GS – First impressions

The recent SMMT Test Day at the Millbrook Proving Ground had one or two surprises in store for those attending. One of them came via MG Motor UK – in addition to the MG3 and MG6, the company was also displaying the soon-to-be-launched MG GS as a static exhibit. Mike Humble Rather like the new series of […]

AROnline Car Reviews

First Drive : MG GS Exclusive

First Drive : MG GS Exclusive

The 6 is dead – long live the GS. MG has announced the slow-selling 6 is to be dropped from the UK model range, but it’s not all bad news. At the launch event in Oxfordshire we got to sample the much-awaited new crossover from MG Motor UK, the MG GS. Here’s what we discovered… Mike Humble Well, it’s finally […]

Driven : Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer SRi 1.6i Turbo

Driven : Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer SRi 1.6i Turbo

The estate car is dead… Long live the Sports Tourer. Vauxhall has recently extended its CoTY 2016 award-winning Astra range with the addition of some all-new load-luggers, but are they worthy of the Sports Tourer name? The Astra is most definitely Vauxhall’s answer to perpetual motion, isn’t it? Rather like post boxes and corner shops, they have been street […]

Driven : Toyota GT86 Primo

Driven : Toyota GT86 Primo

The GT86’s a brilliant sports coupe, which costs the same as a mid-range Ford Focus. It has reasonable performance, that makes you work for it, fun handling and interesting looks. In short, it’s the 2010s equivalent of the MGB GT…

Driven : Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 S (296bhp)

Driven : Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 S (296bhp)

Jaguar’s range is expanding agreeably – and although the F-Pace and XE have both stolen the limelight recently, the 2015 XF is a vitally-important kingpin to the company’s future success. The all-new aluminium platform that underpins the range is fundamental to the XF, and helps explain why it hit the market less than a year after the XE did. Such things would never have been possible in the Jaguar of old.

Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Anyone who knows Keith Adams might be a little surprised at this choice of Unsung Hero, especially considering the chequered history he has with A-Series Maestros. However, despite the dramas, there’s no doubting that Spen King’s post-Allegro Volkswagen Golf remix was far more worthy than the sum of its parts. The unfulfilled symphony If we […]

Driven : Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury (177bhp)

Driven : Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury (177bhp)

The Land Rover Discovery Sport‘s arrival in 2014 saw the end of the Freelander name – and, with it, a subtle re-positioning of its entry-level challenger in the SUV market.  As an all-new challenger, the name change has been justified. But is it good enough to take market leadership? We try the Ingenium-engined HSE Luxury on […]

AROnline Cars

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 GSi – Faster… Lighter!

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 GSi – Faster… Lighter!

Sometimes an old banger struggles to make for an interesting read, especially when it just trundles along without so much as a minor hiccup. But some good old traditional fettling has been taking place with our R8 416 – and what a difference a day makes! Mike Humble Well, as the headline states, there’s not […]

Our Cars : Say hello to the Project Rover 416 GSi

Our Cars : Say hello to the Project Rover 416 GSi

The ancient Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC), reputedly said “the only thing constant in life is change.”  How very true – and, in the spirit of AROnline bangernomics, Mike Humble and Neil Rapsey have been posting yet more V5 documents to Swansea in a scenario that’s very familiar to readers… I won’t try to dress it […]

Blog : A year with the ‘unreliable’ Citroen C6

Blog : A year with the ‘unreliable’ Citroen C6

I bought it on 19 May 2015, a late birthday present to myself, after selling the Renault Avantime that had been delightful company for the previous six months or so. That was a car I really bonded with, and the only reason I sold it was because I’d decided that I wanted a Citroen C6 more, and that the time was right to get one. I’d driven an example back at its launch in 2006, and ever since then, I knew I was going to have to have one.

Our Cars : Getting to know the Range Rover

Our Cars : Getting to know the Range Rover

Keith’s been using the Range Rover P38 for a few weeks now – for both commuting and as a general hack – and, so far, nothing’s gone wrong. But there are jobs to do… The funniest aspect of owning a Range Rover P38 is listening to and absorbing all the opinions that people have about these fine […]

Our Cars : Project Connie – Living the dream or letting off steam?

Our Cars : Project Connie – Living the dream or letting off steam?

Well, he’s been trundling around in her for almost a month and the V5 has now arrived in a nice brown envelope from Swansea… That’s right, the logbook is now in his name. We find out how things are shaping up for Mike Humble and his living room on wheels…

Blog : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

Blog : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

Keith Adams Regular readers are no doubt getting a real sense of déjà vu when reading this post. If that’s you, then you’d be right in thinking that, because last year after coming back to run the site, I posted an identically-titled blog, in which I introduced our new and rather nice Land Rover Freelander. Thanks […]

Concepts & Prototypes

Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Back in the late 1960s, when the influence of ex-Ford man, Roy Haynes, started to take hold, some very interesting design projects started to emerge from the Pressed Steel Fisher design studios in Cowley. The ADO68 was one such platform-sharing product.  Devised at the Pressed Steel Fisher styling studios in Cowley by Roy Haynes, this […]

Concepts : Rover P8/P9

Concepts : Rover P8/P9

The full story of Rover’s stillborn range topper, killed days before it was given the go-ahead for production. A victim of politics, poor crash testing, and internal rivalries.

Sports car projects : MG EX234

Sports car projects : MG EX234

The MG EX234 project was developed in 1964 as a proposed replacement for the MGB. Under the skin lurked some very interesting engineering solutions… The EX234 project was instigated in early 1964 when the Abingdon engineering team’s thoughts turned to the issue of revising the MGB in order to give it a degree of chassis […]

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

The origins of ADO17 can be traced back to XC9000, the first in a series of designs produced by Alec Issigonis in 1956, following his return to BMC from Alvis. The rear-wheel-drive XC9000 prototype was developed into the front-wheel-drive XC9001, before the project was shelved in response to the Suez Crisis. The XC9001 design was […]

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Following the inability of the XJ-S to convincingly replace the Jaguar E-type, there was an internal pressure from the the design and engineering teams to produce a genuine and traditionally styled replacement for the car. It was to be a Jaguar, which would wear the F-type moniker with conviction.

Concepts and prototypes : Heuliez Chrysler 180 Break

Concepts and prototypes : Heuliez Chrysler 180 Break

The idea of building an estate version of the Chrysler 180 was really quite obvious to take for French coachbuilder Heuliez. For those customers loyal to their local Simca dealer, and who wanted to upgrade to a larger estate than their current 1501, there was no option, other than to defect to Peugeot or Citroen.

Facts & Figures

Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

Replacing the classic Mini should have been a tall order, but BMW managed the job in style in 2001 – and as Keith Adams explains, they make a great second hand purchase today. Following BMW’s takeover of Rover in 1994, the Mini’s passage into the 21st century was guaranteed. The German company’s boss was a […]

Rover SD1@ 40 : Derek Whittaker – do not overlook our successes

Rover SD1@ 40 : Derek Whittaker – do not overlook our successes

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s what Leyland Cars boss, Derek Whittaker had to say on the subject. This article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. In common with his senior executives Derek Whittaker, Managing Director of Leyland Cars, is filled with enthusiasm for the new Rover. He feels […]

Rover SD1@ 40 : Spen King – Super, simply super SD1

Rover SD1@ 40 : Spen King – Super, simply super SD1

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s what Leyland Cars’ Director of Engineering and Product Planning, Spen King, had to say on the subject. This article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. Spen King (second from left) outlines the engineering philosophy behind the Rover 3500 The one word, simplicity, encapsulates the […]

Rover SD1@ 40 : Keith Hopkins – why the SD1 will beat Peugeot, Volvo, Ford…

Rover SD1@ 40 : Keith Hopkins – why the SD1 will beat Peugeot, Volvo, Ford…

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s why Leyland Cars’ Sales and Marketing Director, Keith Hopkins, thought his new car had the beating of the opposition. This article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. Trading on the magical combination of tradition and advanced design and engineering, the Rover 3500 […]

Rover SD1@ 40 : The new Solihull

Rover SD1@ 40 : The new Solihull

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s the lowdown on the impressive Solihull factory erected to build the brand new car. The article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. The new Solihull paint plant and assembly hall are the product of the biggest single development project undertaken by the British […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1

Tomorrow’s car today… Ian Nicholls reminds us just how important the Rover SD1 was at launch, 40 years ago – not just for its maker, but for the economy as a whole. Many British Leyland cars had the term ‘make or break’ applied to them, but perhaps it only really applied to two vehicles, the […]

Recent stories worth reading

Video : Unmistakeably German

Video : Unmistakeably German

Keith Adams With the news that Citroën is pulling the C5 out of the UK market following slow sales, we thought it the perfect opportunity to remind you of what the company was trying to achieve at the car’s launch back in 2008. The C5 MkII was introduced to fight at the heart of the middle […]

Video : Handbuilt by Roberts…

Video : Handbuilt by Roberts…

Fiat launched the Strada with one of the most memorable car adverts ever made. It shows the the company’s brand new car being built using its state of the art robots, to the sound of Figaro’s Aria from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and presents the car as cute, cutting edge and just damned desirable. The advert was directed […]

Best of British : Land Rover’s Autobiography programme

Best of British : Land Rover’s Autobiography programme

Launched back in 1993, Land Rover’s Autobiography personalisation programme has offered Range Rover buyers an even greater opportunity to push the boundaries of exclusivity through bespoke colour and trim choices. In the first of two exhaustive articles charting the programme’s history, David Morgan looks at the Autobiography programme’s role on three generations of the Range Rover.

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Events : Mini to tackle Peking to Paris

Events : Mini to tackle Peking to Paris

A 1972 Mini 1000 has been entered on this year’s Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, as a last minute replacement for Paul and Chris Hartfield’s pre-war Packard, which wasn’t ready in time. Concerned for the Packard’s readiness in the lead-up to the event, Paul contacted Owen Turner from the Rover Centre for some advice. However, on seeing […]