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News : Cowley notches up 3,000,000th new MINI

News : Cowley notches up 3,000,000th new MINI

Cowley, or MINI Plant Oxford if you must, has built its three millionth post-BMW MINI, since since production began in 2001. The 3,000,000th car was a John Cooper Works Clubman with ALL4 all-wheel drive system. Since 2000 £1.75 billion has been invested by BMW Group at the three plants and at Oxford this has included a state-of-the-art paintshop, a high-technology body building facility, a new final assembly area, a new logistics centre, Quality and Engineering Centre and the MINIcademy, where the plant’s apprentices are trained.

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News : Jaguar Land Rover sales up in November

News : Jaguar Land Rover sales up in November

Jaguar Land Rover has increased its global sales in November 2016, due to both an expansion of its model range, and an increase in output from the company’s factory in China. This bolsters its position as the largest car manufacturer in the UK.

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News : Jaguar I-Pace goes down a storm in LA

News : Jaguar I-Pace goes down a storm in LA

Jaguar’s latest concept, which looks set to preview the look and underlying technology behind its next new product – an SUV that sits below the F-Pace – has created something of a media storm at the LA Auto Show. The I-Pace’s arrival, which coincides with the recent news that parent company Tata is now running at a profit bodes well for Jaguar’s future prosperity.

By 17 November 2016 20 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar I-Pace previews next SUV

News : Jaguar I-Pace previews next SUV

Say hello to the new Jaguar I-Pace, revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show. The concept not only underlines the JLR’s commitment to battery drivetrains for its future models, but also previews the styling for its next crossover, as well as further iterations of the X760 platform. Strip away the motor show hype, and here’s a […]

By 15 November 2016 43 Comments Read More →
News : Vauxhall Heritage unveils latest resto at NEC

News : Vauxhall Heritage unveils latest resto at NEC

Vauxhall Heritage’s restoration of its Monza Red Viva GT (HB) is complete. It will be shown publicly for the first time at the 2016 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held at the NEC, on 11-13 November. The Viva GT will be unveiled at 11am on Friday, 11 November on the Vauxhall stand in Hall 5 (near Entrance 5.1). It will form […]

News : Nissan commits to post-Brexit UK production

News : Nissan commits to post-Brexit UK production

Nissan has confirmed that the next Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built at its Sunderland plant in Washington. The good news means that the factory, one of Europe’s most productive at quality, will remain at the heart of its European operations.

AROnline blogs

Blog : Why the Italians beat us to a supermini by a decade

Blog : Why the Italians beat us to a supermini by a decade

BMC changed the world with the launch of the Mini in 1959. It was created in response to a crisis and was a genius piece of packaging which will forever be Sir Alec Issigonis’ legacy to the automotive world. However, as we all know, it was no profit-maker for BMC and, during its hyper-successful first decade on the market, its maker cruelly – and criminally – failed to develop the concept into something that the customers truly wanted – a hatchback.

By 26 November 2016 55 Comments Read More →
Blog : To think it’s little more than 20 years ago…

Blog : To think it’s little more than 20 years ago…

Keith Adams Reading through my back issues of CAR Magazine to research a feature about the Jaguar X300, I unearthed a brilliant piece that I’d forgotten all about. Back in 1994, TV journalist Michael Kirsch had trekked into the war zone of Bosnia-Herzegovina to extricate three locals who’d saved his life a year previously and […]

By 16 November 2016 33 Comments Read More →
Blog : Skoda Superb proves the ‘Dad car’ isn’t quite dead

Blog : Skoda Superb proves the ‘Dad car’ isn’t quite dead

Keith Adams Following my recent blog about the Citroen C5 bemoaning what appears to be the beginning of the end of the traditional ‘Dad car’, it’s good to know that Skoda still makes something perfectly suited for that role. Don’t know what I mean by ‘Dad car’? Think big saloon/hatchback of the non-premium variety, nice to […]

Coffee-Break Memories : Rail replacement – a job of Olympian effort

Coffee-Break Memories : Rail replacement – a job of Olympian effort

Public transport for the masses is not a job for the faint-hearted, especially when it comes to rail replacement and most certainly following a tragedy. In times of crisis, you would like to think the public become understanding and, for most of the time, they do… However, sometimes they don’t. The Leyland Olympian with ECW bodywork. My […]

Blog : So, what replaced the Mini?

Blog : So, what replaced the Mini?

Ian Nicholls Okay, at first glance this looks like a stupid question. The Mini was replaced in 2001 by BMW’s new MINI. Question answered, let’s move on – but that is not really what I am asking. The classic Issigonis Mini was innovative, a great success at motorsport and the best-selling British car of all […]

By 19 October 2016 61 Comments Read More →
Blog : Y-reg Minis – gotta catch ’em all!

Blog : Y-reg Minis – gotta catch ’em all!

The R50- and onwards-generation of MINI rather neatly dovetails AROnline in many ways. It appeared in 2001, started out with good intentions, and has grown beyond all recognition from the original idea. Well, something like that. That maybe why I now seem to have two very early MINIs in my possession right now.

AROnline Car Reviews

Driven : Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d Portfolio AWD

Driven : Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d Portfolio AWD

The Jaguar F-Pace seems to be selling well within weeks of going on sale. You see them everywhere, a clear indicator that Jaguar is building cars that buyers want. Question is, as it’s an all-new proposition, is it good enough to tear buyers away from their Audi Q5s and BMW X3s? For our first test, we’ve spent […]

Driven : DS 3 Prestige BlueHDI 120

Driven : DS 3 Prestige BlueHDI 120

Once upon a time, Citroën launched the DS3, and found it had a huge hit on its hands. But then its parent company, PSA, decided the DS name was so good that a new range of cars should be spun around it – and the DS3 became the DS 3. It’s still appealing, but is it worthy […]

Driven : Jaguar XE S 3.0 V6 335bhp

Driven : Jaguar XE S 3.0 V6 335bhp

The Jaguar XE has already established itself as a front-running challenger in the company car market, taking sales from the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in a way that the old X-Type never had a hope of doing. We’ve already driven the 2.0-litre XE and came away impressed with its all-round excellence. But does […]

Driven : Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic Lux

Driven : Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic Lux

Five years on from launch, the Range Rover Evoque has been tweaked and fitted with JLR’s impressive Ingenium turbodiesel. Is it still the must-have crossover in the premium sector? We love the Range Rover Evoque at AROnline. It’s the car that brought super-profitability to Jaguar Land Rover, opened new markets for the company and delivered […]

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 […]

AROnline Cars

Our Cars : Getting to know Keith’s MINI

Our Cars : Getting to know Keith’s MINI

Keith’s bought another car. This time, it’s one of the first R50-generation MINIs off the line. There are one or two issues to sort, but that’s what you’d expect with an old Mini. Yes?

By 28 November 2016 8 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Ian Nicholls’ Jaguar journey

Our Cars : Ian Nicholls’ Jaguar journey

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s resident historian takes time out from his studies of the BMC>MGR archive to tell us about his rather eclectic taste in cars – and his relationship with Browns Lane’s finest…

By 22 November 2016 14 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Project HHR – it’s showtime!

Our Cars : Project HHR – it’s showtime!

With most of the niggles ironed out and the jobs to do list getting ever shorter, the Rover 414 is proving to be a faithful daily driver. Not only that, but it’s going on show at this year’s Classic Car Show at Birmingham’s NEC – and, in true AROnline style, getting the car ship shape […]

By 9 November 2016 8 Comments Read More →
Blog : Y-reg Minis – gotta catch ’em all!

Blog : Y-reg Minis – gotta catch ’em all!

The R50- and onwards-generation of MINI rather neatly dovetails AROnline in many ways. It appeared in 2001, started out with good intentions, and has grown beyond all recognition from the original idea. Well, something like that. That maybe why I now seem to have two very early MINIs in my possession right now.

Our Cars : Project HHR is now tested and on the road!

Our Cars : Project HHR is now tested and on the road!

The Project HHR 414 lives to die another day as she sweeps through her MoT. It was also nice to see the bug of saving tired old Rovers and MGs is spreading throughout the Sussex South Downs… Moments before the journey to the testing station… The Project HHR was washed, vacuumed and ready for inspection then, typically, […]

Our Cars : Meet Project HHR – Mike snatches another one from the crusher

Our Cars : Meet Project HHR – Mike snatches another one from the crusher

After some utterly reliable service from the R8 416 Automatic, we have plumped for something a little newer, a little bigger, a little greener and, er… a little broken. Say hello to Project HHR. Trust me… It really is that clean and tidy in general. Local car with same family owners that just needed some `lovin. Owner […]

Concepts & Prototypes

Concepts : Vauxhall Silver Aero

Concepts : Vauxhall Silver Aero

The Silver Aero was based on the Mk1 version of the Vauxhall Cavalier Sports Hatch, and looked stunning thanks to aggressive looking body modifications. It went as well as it looked, thanks to a RayJay tuirbo and Blydenstein-tuned engine.

Prototypes : Rolls-Royce/Bentley collaboration with BMC

Prototypes : Rolls-Royce/Bentley collaboration with BMC

Rolls-Royce and Bentley worked with BMC on a number of short-lived prototypes based on the Austin 3 Litre and Vanden Plas 4 Litre R. Here are the best ones that never saw the light of day.

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Concepts : Rover P7

Concepts : Rover P7

Ever wondered why we have a Rover P6 and P8 – but no P7? Wonder no more as we tell the fascinating story of the five-cylinder that could have beaten Audi by years…

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News : Jaguar I-Pace goes down a storm in LA

News : Jaguar I-Pace goes down a storm in LA

Jaguar’s latest concept, which looks set to preview the look and underlying technology behind its next new product – an SUV that sits below the F-Pace – has created something of a media storm at the LA Auto Show. The I-Pace’s arrival, which coincides with the recent news that parent company Tata is now running at a profit bodes well for Jaguar’s future prosperity.

By 17 November 2016 20 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar I-Pace previews next SUV

News : Jaguar I-Pace previews next SUV

Say hello to the new Jaguar I-Pace, revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show. The concept not only underlines the JLR’s commitment to battery drivetrains for its future models, but also previews the styling for its next crossover, as well as further iterations of the X760 platform. Strip away the motor show hype, and here’s a […]

By 15 November 2016 43 Comments Read More →
Concepts : 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog

Concepts : 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog

In 1979, Aston Martin shocked the world by unveiling its William Towns-styled supercar-slaying Bulldog. Was it good enough to beat the likes of the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari BB? Sadly, we’ll never know…

By 11 November 2016 26 Comments Read More →

Facts & Figures

In production : Mini production landmarks

In production : Mini production landmarks

According to our resident historian, Ian Nicholls, more than six million classic Minis of all types were made between 1959 and 2000. Along the way, a number of interesting landmarks were passed. From the final Mini off the line (above) in bitter-sweet circumstances at Longbridge, to the first one 41 years previously, this little car […]

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Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of grille power

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of grille power

David Morgan looks at how the reintroduction of the Rover grille from November 1991 helped raise the company’s profile. Did it succeed in meeting the aims its designers had for it? Okay, so I’m devoting an entire article to talk about an item of ornate trim, but bear with me as the importance of the […]

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Engines : Rover V8

Engines : Rover V8

The full story of the Rover V8 – and how it found its way from the USA to Solihull, and then become an unlikely hero…

By 29 November 2016 34 Comments Read More →
Engines : The E-Series

Engines : The E-Series

Designed and specially built to become the Corporation’s new mid-sized engine, the E-Series had a troubled early life, but eventually matured into something very worthwhile indeed.

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History : Brand ownership

History : Brand ownership

Have you ever asked the question who now owns which of the names formerly owned by the Rover Group? Well, now you can find out – here’s our exhaustive list of all the trade marks, showing who owns what in 2016.

Features : Urban myths and old wives’ tales

Features : Urban myths and old wives’ tales

There are lies and there are damned lies… Okay, so the products of BMC>Rover have not always been built or designed as well as they could have been, but let’s not forget that, despite upper management ineptitude and Government meddling, the workers who actually built the cars still actively cared about the product. Here then […]

By 18 November 2016 85 Comments Read More →

Recent stories worth reading

The cars : Austin Maxi development story

The cars : Austin Maxi development story

‘All the fives’ was the Maxi’s high technology tag line when launched – with a five-door hatchback body and five-speed gearbox, Austin’s new mid-range fighter really did seem to have it all. Sadly, the technology might have been there, but the execution was a little less than marvellous, and this avant-garde car failed to sell […]

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Events : Report – NEC Classic Motor Show 2016

Events : Report – NEC Classic Motor Show 2016

Alexander Boucke This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show was an excellent finale to the 2016 show season. A new record number of 71,000 visitors headed into the vast halls of the NEC to see over 270 club stands or shop for the cars, spares and tools on sale. Themed ‘Heroes and Heroines’ for this year, the […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover 800 (R17)

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover 800 (R17)

Revamping a model is never an easy task, especially when you are constrained by budget and the need to retain the underpinnings from an existing car. However, as David Morgan highlights, in the case of the second-generation Rover 800 Series, the transformation gave it a greater presence in the executive market. The early-1990s was a promising […]

By 15 November 2016 14 Comments Read More →
Concepts : Panther 6

Concepts : Panther 6

The star of the 1977 Motorfair at Earls Court in London was the sensational six-wheeled Panther supercar. For a while it looked like it was going into production, too, but its creator Robert Jankel was scuppered by delays in development. We tell the story of Britain’s might-have-been supercar. Six-wheeled wonder Visitors to the 1977 London […]

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