Archive for February, 2013

News : Land Rover unveils electric Defender for Geneva

News : Land Rover unveils electric Defender for Geneva

Keith Adams Land Rover is unveiling seven new electric Defender models at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The research vehicle’s standard diesel engine and gearbox have been replaced by a 70kW (94bhp), 330Nm electric motor twinned with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 27kWh, giving a claimed range of more than 50 miles. […]

By February 28, 2013 16 Comments Read More →
News : Range Rover Evoque gets nine-speeds

News : Range Rover Evoque gets nine-speeds

Land Rover is to show the first passenger car to be fitted with a nine-speed gearbox at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The automatic gearbox, developed by ZF, will be fitted initially to the Range Rover Evoque, and should offer improved economy, reduced emissions and a quieter ride. It also has the benefit of offering […]

By February 27, 2013 43 Comments Read More →
Buying guide : Austin/MG Metro

Buying guide : Austin/MG Metro

Fancy a Metro? Here’s Dale Turley’s guide to what to look out for… Years produced: 1980-1990 Body style: 3 and 5 door ‘Supermini’ hatchback, 3 door hatchback ‘van’ Engine options: 998cc and 1275cc A+ Series, 1275cc A+ Series (turbocharged) Transmission options: Four-speed manual and four-speed automatic, front wheel drive Brief overview The Austin Metro is […]

By February 25, 2013 43 Comments Read More →
First Drive : MINI Clubvan Cooper D

First Drive : MINI Clubvan Cooper D

Keith Adams takes a trip to Reims in France to see if the Clubvan makes a convincing case for itself as the ultimate lifestyle light commercial vehicle. And, of course, whether it’s suited to Champagne deliveries… Club Express As assignments go, this is not a bad one. We’re to pick up a new MINI Clubvan […]

By February 23, 2013 Read More →
Commercial Vehicles : Your help needed

Commercial Vehicles : Your help needed

Mike Humble They say that time flies, and how true is that sentiment? This month marks the 20th anniversary of the collapse of Europe’s largest truck builder – Leyland DAF. Way back in 1987, the two brands of DAF and Leyland were merged into one following the Conservative Government’s decision to start privatising the State owned-Rover […]

By February 23, 2013 17 Comments Read More →
Our cars : Renault 18 – 500 miles on

Our cars : Renault 18 – 500 miles on

Keith Adams A few weeks back, and after much prevarication, I bought myself a lime green Renault 18TS. My rationale for buying such a car was simple – I wanted a vaguely classic shaped car from the late 1970s that I could press into daily use – and practice what I preach about old car […]

By February 23, 2013 38 Comments Read More →
News : Ashok Leyland to open R&D facility in the UK

News : Ashok Leyland to open R&D facility in the UK

Mike Humble/Bus and Coach magazine Ashok Leyland, the owner of Optare, is to open a Research and Development Centre at the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, creating 30 jobs. The decision was confirmed during this week’s visit to India by prime minister David Cameron. Ashok Leyland increased its shareholding in the Yorkshire-based Optare group which was […]

By February 23, 2013 26 Comments Read More →
Events : We Made it, at the Birmingham Science Museum

Events : We Made it, at the Birmingham Science Museum

It’s official – the Rover SD1 is a museum piece. It features in a new ‘We Made It – nuts, bolts, gadgets and gizmos’ exhibition has opened at the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham. The exciting new gallery uncovers the fascinating science of materials, manufacturing and reducing waste in the region. We made it […]

By February 22, 2013 19 Comments Read More →
News : Range Rover L405 keeps on winning

News : Range Rover L405 keeps on winning

The Range Rover L405 has notched up 10 international awards in the three months since production began. The world’s first aluminium SUV’s most recent honour came from the AUTOBEST group of motoring writers, naming the all-new Range Rover ‘TECHNOBEST 2012’. Recent awards also include ‘Dream Machine’ from MotorWeek, ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ from both […]

By February 22, 2013 12 Comments Read More →
Events : Goodwood recycles its ‘waist’

Events : Goodwood recycles its ‘waist’

The Goodwood Revival – along with the annual Festival of Speed and Glorious Goodwood – are the very first motor sport events in the world to successfully be certified to the International Standard for Event Sustainability Management, ISO 20121. To mark the exceptional achievement of its ISO 20121 certification, Goodwood has commissioned leading independent South […]

By February 21, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
News : Britain’s oldest Toyota Carina E found

News : Britain’s oldest Toyota Carina E found

Toyota’s search for the earliest running example of the first model made at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK factory in Derbyshire has been a success. Mike Hoyland’s Carina E was registered in July 1993 and was built during the Burnaston factory’s early months. December 16, 1992 was a groundbreaking day for Toyota. It marked the […]

By February 20, 2013 91 Comments Read More →
News : Sterling closes its doors for the last time

News : Sterling closes its doors for the last time

David Lyndon  After serving MG and Rover customers since December 2006, Sterling Automotive has been placed into administration and has ceased trading. Founded by Patrick Warner in Eastbourne, Sterling went on to build up an enviable reputation for dependable care and repair of MG Rover, Jaguar and Land Rover products after local dealer groups either […]

By February 19, 2013 18 Comments Read More →
Blog : Fancy an Austin Metro project?

Blog : Fancy an Austin Metro project?

Ben Oliver There’s a lid for every pot, as the saying goes. And we’re rather hoping you might be the ‘lid’ that saves this low-mileage Metro from being recycled into pots, pans or – heaven forfend – a new Mini. Based in Sussex its whole life, still bearing the original supplying dealer’s plates and sticker […]

By February 19, 2013 18 Comments Read More →
Blog : Horsegate now extends to MINI

Blog : Horsegate now extends to MINI

Keith Adams A few days ago, we had the unfortunate case of MG Motor UK deciding that the current Horsemeat scandal that’s gripping Britain would be a great opportunity to go out and try and sell a few cars. The ensuing controversy, which spread around the community before heading back to the mothership at Longbridge […]

By February 18, 2013 39 Comments Read More →
Blog : Defender, but turned up to 11

Blog : Defender, but turned up to 11

Keith Adams Here’s an interesting visual and audio juxtaposition. If you end up playing the video below, please make sure your speakers are on high – because it comes with the most amazing V8 backbeat you’re likely to hear this side of top fuel day at Santa Pod. But the car in shot is a […]

By February 16, 2013 24 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Honda TN/Acty Van

Unsung Heroes : Honda TN/Acty Van

Mike Humble The vehicle I have chosen for your delectation this time is for sure one of those ‘when did you last see one of those’ motors in every sense. Most of us I’m sure will give a little smile merely at the mention of the Honda Acty van and many of us may have […]

By February 16, 2013 51 Comments Read More →
Our cars : Rover 216GSi’s second Life

Our cars : Rover 216GSi’s second Life

Today, our old Rover 216GSi starts into a new lease of life – hopefully a successful one… Words and photography: Alexander Boucke Three years and almost two months ago, the useful life seemed over for our beautiful 1991 Rover 216, not without reason – although reliable, the Honda engine used rather inconvenient amounts of oil, […]

Blog : 30 years of the Peugeot 205…

Blog : 30 years of the Peugeot 205…

Keith Adams Well, it looks like 2013 is going to be another one of those years guaranteed to make me feel old. I’ve already drawn attention to the fact that this year sees the 20th birthday of the Ford Mondeo, Rover 600 and Citroen Xantia. Well, some pretty cool cars hit the big three-oh in […]

By February 15, 2013 57 Comments Read More →
News : Classics safer as ‘Scrap metal dealer’s bill’ is passed

News : Classics safer as ‘Scrap metal dealer’s bill’ is passed

Andrew Elphick New government regulations that introduce rigorous checks when scrapping a car will help stem the tide of classic car thefts sweeping across the nation. Thanks to the ‘Scrap metal dealer’s bill’, it will now be impossible to just turn up to a scrapyard, and expect your car to be weighed-in there and then, […]

By February 13, 2013 20 Comments Read More →
Blog : My MINI misadventure

Blog : My MINI misadventure

Jeremy Austin There’s been a lot of talk about MINI on here recently – and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get my ownership experience into the mix – so you can all make up your minds about so-called MINI quality and customer service. Before I get into this, the first thing […]

By February 13, 2013 94 Comments Read More →