Heriot-Watt University is joining in an £11m research programme working with Jaguar Land Rover on fully autonomous cars. The research, jointly funded by the EPSRC and Jaguar Land Rover, will involve 10 UK universities and the Transport Research Laboratory as well as the car manufacturers. It was announced by Secretary of State for Business Sajid Javid during a […]
Vauxhall’s fourth appearance at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (November 13-15) will this year showcase cars that have never been seen at the event, forming the centre-piece of a large, eight-stand Vauxhall area. The Queen’s 1961 PA Cresta Friary Estate is making only its second outing from Sandringham in the past 31 years, since it was […]
The largest Austin Rover dealer in the south of France looks set to be knocked down years after the company’s products it sold went under.
The SMMT South Test Day was one of the last of the UK-based automotive press and media functions of the year. Mike Humble took the opportunity to sample some of the latest British-built models to have reached the showrooms in recent months.
Lighter, faster, more efficient and better value than before. On paper, it looks like Vauxhall has a class-leader on its hands. There’s a lot riding on the new British-built midliner – can it see off the opposition and live up to its promise?
The recent report on the Stanford Hall Mini show resulted in a debate on what constitutes British Leyland beige. The owners of one particular MkIII Mini insisted it was Harvest Gold. Well that is probably what BLMC officially called it.
Perhaps it would be better to resurrect our old friend Rover for such vehicles. DS-style vehicles, comfortable, stylish, modern.
For two decades this rugged design was the mainstay of express trains out of St Pancras to the north of England. Never a star performer in the way the Deltic was, lacking the style of a ‘Western’ diesel hydraulic.
Your town or city definitely had one. Perhaps even two, or three in some cases… not necessarily red light districts, but BL dealers. Lest we forget the Mann Egertons and the like, large showrooms once packed with the best of BL (and later Rover) tin, now turned over to Kia or Hyundai, or converted to other uses, or derelict, or torn down and long gone…
Either I’m losing my touch, or there’s a dearth of attractive project cars out there for me to nail AROnline’s colours to. Since coming back to the site, I’ve been vaguely looking for a new car to take on the mantle of my project – and here we are two months in, and I may be in the middle of my longest period without a new car acquisition in years…
Rover Special Products wanted to recreate the magic of the early-1980s by producing a spiritual successor to the MG Metro Turbo. The Metro SP was that car and it reached the stage of a full-sized styling prototype. Keith Adams Special K While Rover Special Products had handed out the Montego Lifestyle and Maestro-based Tarka to […]
Steve Harper has a fundamental role in the genesis of the MGF, which under his direction was transformed from a neat little roadster, lacking a splash of creativity, to a shapely new-age sports car that shouted its mid-engined layout from the rooftops. In his own words, Steve walks us through the design changes he made.
The all-British AR16 design continued to flourish throughout 1984 and ’85, and soon, full-size clay models of the entire range were produced at Canley. As all cars were based on the Montego, they featured the same, sound, suspension layout. But a lengthened wheelbase allowed the team to build a more balanced looking car – with heavy Rover 800 overtones.
A brief look at how the ground-breaking Mini made it from sketch pad to showroom in little more than two years, a remarkable achievement for a car that completely threw away the rule book. Keith Adams walks through the Mini’s development to production reality in August 1959. From cigarette packet to showroom in 30 months […]
ADO74 – the first attempt by British Leyland at replacing the Mini never saw the light of day. It was one project, but had many faces: a wide variety of styling exercises were produced before the programme was cancelled in 1973, as British Leyland could not raise the £130m needed to produce it.
The Austin Maxi has the honourable distinction of being Sir Alec Issigonis’ final production car – and just like the Mini and 1100 before it, the Maxi boasted an extremely advanced spec sheet.
Keith Adams takes a look at this oft-misunderstood car and highlights the good… and the bad.
Fancy a Metro in time for its 40th birthday? 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 […]
Fancy a Rover 800? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: 1986-1998 Body style: 4 door saloon, 5 door fastback, 2 door coupe Engine options: 1994cc O-Series inline-four 1994cc M-Series inline-four 16V (118, 138bhp) 1994cc T-Series inline-four 16V (136bhp, 180 and 197bhp turbocharged) 2498cc Honda V6 (170bhp) 2675cc Honda V6 (177bhp) 2497cc KV6 […]
Rover’s bargain 75 offers class, refinement and ability for not much money. Richard Dredge gives you the low-down on the front wheel drive models… Availability Years produced: 1999-2005 Body style: 4-door, 5-door estate Engine options: 1796cc K-Series, 115bhp 1796cc K-Series Turbo, 150bhp 1991cc KV6-Series, 150bhp 2497cc KV6-Series, 177bhp 1951cc M47-Series CDT, 116/131bhp Transmission options: 5-speed […]
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 […]
Malta – that beautiful enclave in the Mediterranean is a favourite for tourists all over Europe. However, unbeknown to many, it was also host to an assembly operation which was home to the construction of Triumphs and Morrises among others. Christopher Camilleri takes up the story, with additional images from Andreas Lampka… Carmaking was late coming to Malta […]
Craig Cheetham Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I […]
Craig Cheetham Much has been written on AROnline about the collaboration between Rover and Honda and the cars which that generated – indeed, the vast majority of those have a huge following amongst our readers. However, one of the lesser known offspring from the alliance is the Australian-market Rover 416i, sold from 1985 until late 1989 – a whole four years of sales before […]
Craig Cheetham ANSWER: When it’s a Yema F16 SUV… Believe it or not, beneath the SUV-style exterior of this somewhat utilitarian-looking vehicle lurks the heart and soul of the Austin Maestro… The rights to the Maestro/Montego platform were passed to Yema in 2008 by FAW, which had been building a Montego-nosed Maestro van and various spin-off […]
BL Belgium press kit: Celebration of the 500,000th car assembled in Seneffe, 10 May 1977 // Translation by Dimitri Urbain, original material supplied by André Vermeersch The Seneffe plant is the main British Leyland investment outside the UK. On top of being an assembly plant, Seneffe is now BL’s unique distribution centre for its largest […]
It’s not all about the cars on AROnline, you know. An awful lot goes on behind the scenes keeping our cacophony of clunkers shipshape for your reading delectation. Words and photography: Mike Humble Mark Taylor – without him running our project cars wouldn’t be quite so easy. It’s also a family affair with his two sons Alex and […]
Built around a pair of Mini subframes connected by a low-slung, monocoque steel floorpan, its lower body panels and clamshell bonnet were formed from fibreglass, while its upper-body styling mated a rakish front end to a boxy, hatchback-style rear framework filled with large panes of glass, and topped off with the a vinyl-covered roof fashioned from marine-grade plywood.
We take a spin in an early 1.8-litre car and come away with the distinct impression that despite the well-documented Heritage issues, here’s a car that can step up to the plate and delight the driver.
Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s forensically detailed historian takes a detailed look at how the UK’s railways developed, and compares it with the rise of the motor car. In part one, we cover from the dawn of motoring to 1945.
Ian Nicholls, AROnline‘s resident historian, takes a detailed look at how the UK’s railways developed, and compares it with the rise of the motor car. Here, in Part Two, he looks at the growth of both rail and road use between 1945 and ’59. In 1945, the Labour Party, led by Clement Attlee (above), was elected […]