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News :  Geneva 2017 – Ford upstages itself with classic XR2

News : Geneva 2017 – Ford upstages itself with classic XR2

Ford unveiled the hot new turbocharged Fiesta ST at Geneva, and then cast a long shadow over it with its popular 1980s forebear, the Mk2 XR2.

News : Geneva 2017 – Tata Racemo, with a little help from our friends?

News : Geneva 2017 – Tata Racemo, with a little help from our friends?

Fancy a cut-price Lotus Elise? This new Tata-produced sports car could be the answer to your prayers. Be sure to test drive it first on your XBox, though.

News : Geneva 2017 – Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e, a brave new world

News : Geneva 2017 – Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e, a brave new world

Bentley unveils the EXP12 supercar concept, which hints at a lighter, more efficient future. But will this induction-charged open-top actually make it into production? If it does, will it crack 300 miles on a charge?

News : Geneva 2017 – McLaren 720S stuns the opposition

News : Geneva 2017 – McLaren 720S stuns the opposition

McLaren shocked the Geneva motor show with its new 720S supercar. It is faster, lighter and more efficient than the car it replaces – the already brilliant 650S.

News : Geneva 2017 – Jaguar I-Pace makes European debut

News : Geneva 2017 – Jaguar I-Pace makes European debut

The Jaguar I-Pace makes its European debut in eye-searing Photon Red. It’s set for launch in production form before the end of 2017, priced at £65,000-plus.

AROnline blogs

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.

Blog : Geneva 2017 – Why the Monteverdis made me a bit emotional

Blog : Geneva 2017 – Why the Monteverdis made me a bit emotional

Keith Adams stumbles across a cache of gorgeous Monteverdis in Geneva, and remembers why he loves old cars as much as he does. It felt as if these 1970s icons far too easily showed the way to the moderns…

The AROnline Archive

Archive : 30 years ago – Ford and ARG’s negotiations go public

Archive : 30 years ago – Ford and ARG’s negotiations go public

During the 1986 negotiations between Ford and Austin Rover, Longbridge’s future model plans were shared with the American company’s executives. Thirty years ago this week, news of this became public knowledge – does it mean that K-series were shared with Uncle Henry? This is how The Guardian reported the story.

Archive : 50 years ago today – Leyland closes on Rover

Archive : 50 years ago today – Leyland closes on Rover

Fifty years ago this week, it the merger between Leyland – owner of Triumph – and Rover was getting ever closer. This could only be a good, thing, yes?

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Archive : 30 years ago today – Leyland Trucks is sold off

Archive : 30 years ago today – Leyland Trucks is sold off

On 19 February 1987, Graham Day’s Rover Group continued its march towards privatisation. Selling off loss-making Leyland Trucks – as it was described back then – was seen as an important first step in getting the company shipshape for its impending sell off to British Aerospace.

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Archive : 40 years ago today – strikes galore

Archive : 40 years ago today – strikes galore

On 15 February 1977, BL looked in terrible shape, with strikes crippling the company , cars lying unbuilt, and market share melting away. This is how the papers were reporting the situation back then.

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Archive : The affair of the missing Jaguars

Archive : The affair of the missing Jaguars

On this day… The Times, 1 May 1970 reported that delays for Jaguar XJ6s were so intolerable, Swiss buyers came to London and took matters into their own hands… Impatient at delays in delivery of Jaguar’s highly successful XJ6 model (above), a party of Swiss businessmen clients staged a demonstration outside BLMC’s Berkeley Square showrooms […]

AROnline Cars

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 […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 400 blots its copy book

Our Cars : Mike’s 400 blots its copy book

Mike Humble After months of trouble free motoring it had to happen eventually. The old scrotter itself, our Project HHR, has finally given me a serious enough reason to dig deep into the pocket in order to keep the old girl rolling just that little bit longer… It’s always the way, isn’t it? Just as you settle […]

Our Cars : Keith’s MINI Cooper – lighting up the way

Our Cars : Keith’s MINI Cooper – lighting up the way

Keith’s fitted LED headlamp bulbs to his MINI Cooper in an attempt to improve the view forward. They’re working, but are they legal?

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Our Cars : A new lease of life

Our Cars : A new lease of life

Alexander Boucke Car ownership involves certain plights – at least if the word automobile has a certain importance for you. Of course, we all know that servicing car is essential to remain mobile. When a timing belt slips into the equation, this often means a significant expenditure, in particular when a big V6 fills the […]

Blog : The view ahead…

Blog : The view ahead…

Alexander Boucke While I know that about 3 per cent of the New Year have already passed, I will start with a look in the rear view mirror… Listening to a two-hour special on the local radio station playing just David Bowie songs, I am reminded that 2016 had some memorable moments, but certainly not all […]

Concepts & Prototypes

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1100

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1100

What might have been What makes this Pininfarina Aerodynamica (and its 1800 brother) studies so interesting is that it wasn’t commissioned by the British company. It’s that they both caused huge interest at the time they were revealed in 1967 and ’68. The five-door hatchbacks pre-dated the stampede towards two-box designs these designs in the 1970s. […]

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

The 1967 Pininfarina Aerodynamica Berlina 1800 concept car was hugely influential. One only needs to look at the Rover SD1 to see just how much…

Concepts and prototypes : Ghia Ford Corrida

Concepts and prototypes : Ghia Ford Corrida

The Ghia Ford Corrida was a small sports coupe concept based on the Ford Fiesta Mk1. It’s most memorable attributes were its gullwing doors and origami styling. Would it have sold, had they made a production version?

Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

The most comprehensive story you’ll ever read about the aborted 9X programme – the ill-fated Mini replacement, engineered by the man who created the original.

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History : BMC, BL, Rover and other Development Codes

History : BMC, BL, Rover and other Development Codes

Ever wondered what all those ADO, YDO and LC numbers mean when we’re discussing the history of BMC, BL and Rover cars? Worry not, because our exhaustive list of codenames should help you work out what’s what.

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Facts & Figures

Essay : Why I don’t love the Rover R8…

Essay : Why I don’t love the Rover R8…

Steven Ward ignores the wider consensus and gives the highly-acclaimed Rover 200/400 both barrels. Is he right, wrong, or just misguided?

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1000

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1000

The story of the missing link in the Pininfarina Aerodynamica story – a stylish Mini-based concept that could have made a great supermini for the 1970s…

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1100

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1100

What might have been What makes this Pininfarina Aerodynamica (and its 1800 brother) studies so interesting is that it wasn’t commissioned by the British company. It’s that they both caused huge interest at the time they were revealed in 1967 and ’68. The five-door hatchbacks pre-dated the stampede towards two-box designs these designs in the 1970s. […]

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

The 1967 Pininfarina Aerodynamica Berlina 1800 concept car was hugely influential. One only needs to look at the Rover SD1 to see just how much…

Drive Story : Geneva’s counterpoint to Pearly

Drive Story : Geneva’s counterpoint to Pearly

Steven Ward’s account of a three-car dash from Geneva to Menton, via the Alps, involving two Ford Mondeos and a Citroën C5 hire car.  Read on to see how the team gets on… Words and photography: Steven Ward, originally published in 2009 Kings of the Alps? Mondeo team – would it beat our C5 to Menton? […]

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Recent stories worth reading

Marques : MG

Marques : MG

Ask anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of classics to name their favourite cars, and you can guarantee that the MG name will come up time and time again. Keith Adams takes a short tour through the history of this great marque…

News : Geneva 2017 – Honda Civic Type R’s first outing

News : Geneva 2017 – Honda Civic Type R’s first outing

The British-made 316bhp Honda Civic Type R makes its public debut at the Geneva motor show – and the company already thinks it will be the fastest front-wheel drive car at the Nurburgring.

News : Geneva 2017 – Morgan UK 1909 debuts

News : Geneva 2017 – Morgan UK 1909 debuts

Morgan has teamed up with Selfridges to sell this bespoke version of its upcoming EV3 electric three-wheeled sports car.

News : Geneva 2017 – Eadon Green to join UK specialist ranks

News : Geneva 2017 – Eadon Green to join UK specialist ranks

The Eadon Green Black Cuillin is a Geneva surprise. This new grand tourer has been inspired by the 1930s Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, is powered by a 6.0-litre V12, and comes in at an enormous 5.5m in length.