News and events

News : MG Fans set new world record

News : MG Fans set new world record

Words: Keith Moody, HonestJohn Classics MG enthusiasts have set a new world record for the largest parade of cars made by the brand.     In total, 144 MGs gathered at Rockingham circuit in Corby, Northamptonshire, on Sunday, 11 April. Organised by Lancaster Insurance, the parade took place on the Rockingham oval with an official Guinness […]

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Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 preview

Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 preview

Before opening to the general public today, AROnline was able to visit the preview day of this year´s Techno Classica in Essen. Words and photography: Alexander Boucke We will not talk about how record breaking the show will be, as it will only break the records set in Essen the year before. But there will […]

News : Euro Rover Round Britain Driving Challenge

News : Euro Rover Round Britain Driving Challenge

Four members from the Euro Rover Owners Club will be highlighting their pride in Longbridge built cars by taking part in their very own 24-hour Round Britain Driving Challenge to raise funds for charity. Wyn Fellowes, Daniel DeMellow, Sarah James and Mark James are all avid enthusiasts of Rover and MG cars built during the Rover Group and […]

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News : Land Rover launches new Heritage division

News : Land Rover launches new Heritage division

A new Land Rover Heritage division will be launched at the Techno Classica show in Essen, Germany, this week. Running alongside the recently established Jaguar Heritage division, Land Rover Heritage will offer original Land Rover parts for a variety of older models that have been out of production for more than a decade. Body, trim and servicing items are available […]

News : Car production returns to Solihull with new Jaguar XE

News : Car production returns to Solihull with new Jaguar XE

Car production has returned to the former Rover plant in Solihull, W Mids, with the first new Jaguar XE being built at the facility.     The site has built only Land Rovers since production of the Rover SD1 ceased in 1986, but was subject to a £500 million investment to gear up for the […]

Blogs

MGR@10 Month : A Dealer’s Tale – Jon and Tim Wilcox of A. E. Wilcox and Son

MGR@10 Month : A Dealer’s Tale – Jon and Tim Wilcox of A. E. Wilcox and Son

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: A. E. Wilcox and Son Limited and Geoff Cottle Any AROnline readers who also happened to be readers of the Daily Telegraph back in the dark days of 2005 and 2006 might recall a series of advertisements being placed in what was then the broadsheet-sized Telegraph Motoring supplement by a former […]

MGR@10 Month : 2005 Save MG Rover Rally

MGR@10 Month : 2005 Save MG Rover Rally

Ten years ago today, an estimated 600 Birmingham-built cars made an important pilgrimage to Longbridge. They were there in order to support MG Rover’s workers and their families, whose futures were cast into uncertainty following the company’s fall into administration nine days previously… We were there at the Save MG Rover Rally, which would end up morphing into the […]

MGR@10 Month : A Salesman’s perspective…

MGR@10 Month : A Salesman’s perspective…

Our man Mike Humble talks to former Phoenix Retail salesman Mark Newton about his experiences at the coal face selling new MG Rover cars immediately prior to that fateful day in April 2005. Tell me about Phoenix Retail and how you came to sell MGs and Rovers? Well, Phoenix Retail had been set up to plug the gaps in […]

MGR@10 Month : The demise of MG Rover – an American view

MGR@10 Month : The demise of MG Rover – an American view

Words : Richard Truett DETROIT: The very last auto industry event MG Rover took part in came on 12 April 2005 in Detroit. Alan Warburton, Iain Fleming, James Scott and Neil Butler of Powertrain Ltd, MGR’s money-making engine and transmission operations, were in Detroit with Camcon to present a paper on camless engines at the […]

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MGR@10 Month : Preview – Pride of Longbridge 2015

MGR@10 Month : Preview – Pride of Longbridge 2015

This year’s 2015 Pride of Longbridge community event takes place this coming Saturday, April 18, and AROnline will be there to cover it.   This year’s event promises to be especially poignant, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the closure of MG Rover and the original ‘Save MG Rover Rally’ that kicked it all […]

Concepts and prototypes

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75

Not a lot of pictures of the R40’s development programme have surfaced; mainly because Richard Woolley’s 1993 design was considered so successful, it didn’t change between the time the clay model was finalised, and the launch of the car five years later. However, the interior was subject to a lot of soul searching, and two […]

MGR@10 Month : Would the RDX60 have ever been enough to save MG Rover Group?

MGR@10 Month : Would the RDX60 have ever been enough to save MG Rover Group?

Craig Cheetham If MG Rover was to survive in any way beyond early 2005, it needed a car that could not only compete in the bustling compact medium sector against such talented adversaries as the VW Golf and Ford Focus, but also compete profitably. That meant three key things – 1) it needed to be […]

Concepts and prototypes : MINI Spiritual and Spiritual Too

Concepts and prototypes : MINI Spiritual and Spiritual Too

Serious investigation into replacing the Mini begun in earnest in 1993, when Design Director Gordon Sked asked his design team to come up with some concept ideas for a new Mini. He was clear that they needed to think outside of the box, not to worry about carry-overs, and to try and recreate the spirit […]

Concepts and prototypes : Ford Probe III

Concepts and prototypes : Ford Probe III

Keith Adams Back in 1981, when the development of the Ford Sierra (project Toni), was reaching its latter stages of its development, management felt the need soften the buying public. The styling, penned by Patrick Le Quement, was as avant garde as its predecessor, the Cortina’s, was conservative. So, the design team produced a more […]

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Projects and prototypes: Rover P6

Projects and prototypes: Rover P6

Front and rear suspension Styling sketch Scale models Interior schemes Full-sized clays The final stages… All pictures supplied by Ian Nicholls

Buying Guides

Buying Guide : Rover 800

Buying Guide : Rover 800

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 […]

Buying Guide : Rover 75

Buying Guide : Rover 75

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 […]

Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

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 […]

Buying Guide : Rover SD1

Buying Guide : Rover SD1

Fancy an SD1? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: 1976-1986 Body style: Five-door ‘executive’ hatchback Engine options: 1994cc O-Series inline-four 2350cc, 2597cc inline-six 3528cc V8 (155bhp carburettor, 190bhp fuel injected) 2393cc inline-four turbodiesel (VM) Transmission options: 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual & 3-speed automatic, rear wheel drive Brief overview The Rover SD1 can […]

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Rough guide to : Buying a Rover 600 diesel

Rough guide to : Buying a Rover 600 diesel

Now very much in the bargain basement, the 600 is perhaps the most reliable and dependable of all the Rover diesels left on the second hand market. The bargain diesel Rover’s tie-up with Honda was yet another of those squandered golden opportunities handed to the British motor industry. By the time the 600 arrived in […]

Around the world

Around the world : Australia’s Rover 416i – ‘Everything you ever wanted in a car’

Around the world : Australia’s Rover 416i – ‘Everything you ever wanted in a car’

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 […]

News : When is a Maestro not a Maestro?

News : When is a Maestro not a Maestro?

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 […]

In production : Seneffe

In production : Seneffe

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 […]

The cars : Sipani Automobiles’ Indian Rover Montego

The cars : Sipani Automobiles’ Indian Rover Montego

A couple of years after production had ceased in the UK, the Montego was re-introduced in the Indian subcontinent in order to compete in the executive car market. WHEN BMW bought the Rover Group in 1994, it has been said many times that Bernd Pischetsrieder was surprised to find the antiquated Montego and its hatchback […]

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Around the world : New Zealand

Around the world : New Zealand

The history of BMC>Rover is certainly not limited to the UK, and at the height of the post-war years of the ‘Empire’, there were production facilities all over the world. Ian Walker comprehensively charts the history of one such operation: the New Zealand market. Rover down under… Up to 1930: Early days Austin The Austin […]

AROPædia stories

Memory Lane : A visit to W.H. Brand, Lincolnshire

Memory Lane : A visit to W.H. Brand, Lincolnshire

Craig Cheetham A tiny village in the middle of the Fens might not seem the obvious place to find a thriving car dealership, but for the last 90 years the Brand family have been busily selling, servicing and maintaining huge numbers of cars from the local area, with a business built-up through trust, word of […]

Around the world : Australia’s Rover 416i – ‘Everything you ever wanted in a car’

Around the world : Australia’s Rover 416i – ‘Everything you ever wanted in a car’

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 […]

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Mike Humble When I was just a slip of a young man, I got completely fed up with working on cars in a dealership Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 with the odd Saturday morning thrown in for good measure. A fellow apprentice had recently left, but we kept in touch socially and one night […]

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Despite all the historical trauma of Leyland, our sole remaining builder of trucks is in American ownership but still producing plenty of vehicles for the home market and for export at the factory in Leyland, Lancashire. Its major component supplier is Cummins, which is also US owned. Now in its fiftieth year in the UK, Cummins’ current engine facility in […]

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Sales Talk : Text and Internet time-wasters

Sales Talk : Text and Internet time-wasters

Mike Humble A prospect, in showroom speak, is the term for a customer who is potentially interested in a vehicle for sale. Regardless of this happening in an actual dealership or showroom, it makes no difference – if your phone rings from the result of a small ad or internet listing that still counts as a prospect. […]

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