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AROnline Blogs

We’ve been commenting on the motoring scene – and, sometimes, a little bit more, since June 2004. Read what’s on the minds of AROnline’s Contributors and see if you agree with them – as always, blogs are opinion pieces and do not necessarily reflect the editorial stance of the site.

Blog : 1967 and all that…

Blog : 1967 and all that…

Fab and groovy man! 1967 will forever be remembered for the summer of love, for hippies and love-ins, the Torrey Canyon Disaster, Jimi Hendrix, Sergeant Pepper, pirate radio, Radio 1 and the Six Day War. In Britain both homosexuality and abortion were de-criminalised – although, in the case of homosexuality, decades of criminalisation meant it […]

Blog : Rover SD1 – the Australian perspective

Blog : Rover SD1 – the Australian perspective

Igor Spajic When my stepfather bought a new Rover SD1 3500SE in 1982 (among the last Series 1s), it was still car-of-the-future stuff – alloy V8, EFI, hatchback, etc. It was impressive, but I couldn’t help wondering why the auto was only a three-speed, when those backward Americans all had four-speed autos (with overdrive) by […]

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Blog : Diesel scrappage – here we go again…

Blog : Diesel scrappage – here we go again…

Oh dear – it looks like the issue of diesel scrappage is on the agenda again. According to a story by the BBC, drivers could be offered up to £2000 to chop in their old cars. Unlike the earlier scrappage scheme, which was instigated to keep the motor industry turning in the midst of the […]

Blog : What happened to Issigonis’ Mini world? – Part 2

Blog : What happened to Issigonis’ Mini world? – Part 2

Back in September 2012, I penned a blog asking where had all the small cars gone and why were people driving around in diesel-powered behemoths. I concluded that the price of diesel fuel had created a situation where it was perceived that it was just as economical to drive around in a large diesel car […]

Blog : Why the history books are waiting for MG…

Blog : Why the history books are waiting for MG…

AROnline Contributor and former BMC/British Leyland manufacturing apprentice Richard Williams recently returned to Longbridge and that prompted some in-depth reflections on the fate of the famous factory. Here’s his take on that and SAIC Motor’s stewardship of the historic and still much-loved MG marque…

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Blog : What CHPD means to me

Blog : What CHPD means to me

Keith Adams I know what you’re thinking – what the hell does CHPD mean? If you’re not a regular reader of AROnline, then the chances are that you’ve not come across the term, and that’s probably a very good thing. It’s an acronym for Compulsive Heap Purchasing Disorder, and it kinda sums up my car buying life – and […]

Blog : Why JLR could do wonders with Vauxhall…

Blog : Why JLR could do wonders with Vauxhall…

Could Jaguar Land Rover be looking at an expansion of its portfolio via the Griffin Great? Don’t bet too heavily against it.

Blog : I’ve seen the future… and it can go and do one!

Blog : I’ve seen the future… and it can go and do one!

Keith Adams Average speed cameras on the A9 (Picture: Keith WR Jones) Yesterday, Keith WR Jones and I spent an enjoyable day driving Vauxhall’s new Insignia Grand Sport from Luton to Northern Scotland. Between us, we covered more than 1100 miles, averaged more than 50mpg and consumed rather too much junk food along the way. […]

Blog : The Rover reviver becomes Mondeo Man

Blog : The Rover reviver becomes Mondeo Man

Our man in the south waves farewell to Project HHR, the car that’s quite possibly been the cheapest and most dependable of the bangers we have brought you. In a strange twist of fate, Mike hasn’t got a new project, but he is making good use of the ratty Mondeo we recently purchased. Andy Widdows […]

Blog : AROnline Bangernomics is back!

Blog : AROnline Bangernomics is back!

We buy a £760 Ford Mondeo with a view to running it for the rest of the year. Will it go well, or end in tears?

Blog : Welcome to the Velar motor show!

Blog : Welcome to the Velar motor show!

Andrew Elphick visits the 2017 Geneva motor show, and gives us his sideway view on this most prestigious of automotive events. It’s hard to ignore the impact the Velar made.