News and events

News : SHADO unveils new Inspiration EV

News : SHADO unveils new Inspiration EV

Stephen Harper, the man behind the design of the MGF, Ford Escort Cosworth and MG GT, has overseen the development of a new battery powered city car designed for emerging markets. It’s a sharp-looking car with promised developments including induction charging, and the possibility of being made in various locations globally. The Design Consultancy SHADO […]

News : 2,000,000th ‘Utility’ Land Rover

News : 2,000,000th ‘Utility’ Land Rover

The two-millionth ‘utility’ Land Rover will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, after Land Rover reached the manufacturing milestone in the model’s final year of production. The one-off 90 commemorates 2,000,000 Land Rover Defender and Series models, produced at Lode Lane, Solihull, since 1948.     Unique touches include a map of Red Wharf […]

Events : BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon, plus Cowley and Longbridge Convoys

Events : BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon, plus Cowley and Longbridge Convoys

Not just one but two convoys will converge on this year’s BMC and Leyland Show at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warks, thanks to the organisers of the traditional (and much-loved) Cowley Convoy.   The convoys are open to owners of any BMC/BL/ARG or associated vehicle and will depart from either Cowley or Longbridge […]

News : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

News : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

The iconic Range Rover celebrates its 45th birthday this week, though who would have thought, in 1970, that a somewhat utilitarian attempt to move the Land Rover more upmarket would have resulted in one of the world’s most famous luxury brands of today? Over six million Range Rovers have rolled off the Solihull production line since that […]

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

Mike Humble:   Bit of a strange one this as I personally never saw this video at dealer level though my sources confirm its a genuine MGR production. If you want any more proof that MG Rover were scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, then this short and narration free video might just […]

Blogs

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Last week, the first driver to be prosecuted under ‘road hog’ laws introduced in 2014 was convicted in Lancashire, with a fine of £940 and five penalty points.     Ian Stephens, a 47-year old painter and decorator from Wigan, Lancs, was pulled over by police on the M62 and charged with the offence, for […]

eBay find of the week : Rover Metro GTA…

eBay find of the week : Rover Metro GTA…

Apologies for the Metro overkill in recent weeks, but the humble hatchback seems to be very much the car of the moment among AROnline readers, so much so that I was spurred into buying one myself.     This example is, of course, a rarity. A Mk 2 GTA in Flame Red, with less than […]

Blog : And then this happened…

Blog : And then this happened…

Yes, I was supposed to be slimming down my car fleet to a more manageable level, but when somebody walks into the local MoT station and says: “I believe there’s a bloke in the village who likes old Rovers”, you know the conversation is only going to end one way.     The next thing […]

Blog: This happened…

Blog: This happened…

Another new car has joined the editor’s fleet during a period of ‘slimming down’ that hasn’t quite gone according to plan…   The  new arrival, to be fair is something I’ve fancied for a long time. But it was only when researching survival numbers for the recent ‘Endangered Species’ blog on this site that I realised how […]

eBay find of the week : ‘New’ Astravan

eBay find of the week : ‘New’ Astravan

Every so often, a car turns up that, for some reason, has never really seen the light of day. The 82-mile from new Triumph Dolomite, for example, that we featured on here earlier this month.     But this one is something sensational – a workaday commercial vehicle that has never carried a load, nor […]

Concepts and prototypes

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

A one-off concept built at the start of the 1990s and based around a brand new Rover Metro is due to go under the hammer on Wednesday, June 10. And with no set reserve, this fascinating proposal for a forward-looking crossover might just be a bargain.   The Rover Metro Scout was designed and built […]

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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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

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Last week, the first driver to be prosecuted under ‘road hog’ laws introduced in 2014 was convicted in Lancashire, with a fine of £940 and five penalty points.     Ian Stephens, a 47-year old painter and decorator from Wigan, Lancs, was pulled over by police on the M62 and charged with the offence, for […]

News : New TR7 book on sale.

News : New TR7 book on sale.

Mike Humble: Codename Bullet as many of us know, was British Leyland’s audacious bid to storm the North American sports car market in order to earn the much needed export dollars to reinvest in their ageing model ranges. Despite ever increasing and savage US safety and emission regulations, Leyland stepped boldly forward while many European […]

News : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

News : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

The iconic Range Rover celebrates its 45th birthday this week, though who would have thought, in 1970, that a somewhat utilitarian attempt to move the Land Rover more upmarket would have resulted in one of the world’s most famous luxury brands of today? Over six million Range Rovers have rolled off the Solihull production line since that […]

BLARG Video of the Week : Templar meets Turbo – MG Montego (1985)

BLARG Video of the Week : Templar meets Turbo – MG Montego (1985)

Austin Rover’s sports saloon celebrates its 30th birthday this year. TVs Ian Ogilvy and top class racer Steve Soper star in this factoid stat packed look at the MG Montego Turbo as it gets a good hiding at the Thruxton circuit. Mike Humble: I was in two minds over this video as there are two versions of […]

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

We all like to browse and reminisce during our tea breaks, and what better than to enjoy the massive back catalougues of on-line video’s on the internet. We’ll kick of this new section by going back to 1984 shortly after the launch of the Montego with this corporate film that shows the salesman how to […]