AROnline Blogs

We’ve been commenting on the motoring scene – and, sometimes, a little bit more, since June 2004. Read what’s on the minds of AROnline’s Contributors and see if you agree with them – as always, blogs are opinion pieces and don’t always refect the editorial stance of the site.

Blog : Did Jaguar Land Rover forget to file the Range Rover Evoque’s Chinese patent in time?

Blog : Did Jaguar Land Rover forget to file the Range Rover Evoque’s Chinese patent in time?

Jack Yan     There has been a lot of ongoing press about Landwind’s copy of the Range Rover Evoque, one of my favourite Sloane Ranger SUVs. There’s no way Landwind would have come up with its X7 design independently, and, if put before most occidental courts, there would be a finding in favour of […]

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

Craig Cheetham About 12 months ago, I was giving my previously-owned MG ZS 180 a lick of wax outside the house when a cruel passer-by, with nothing but pre-conceived ideas to go by, commented: “Mate, you can’t polish a t#rd”.     Not the most helpful of comments, but I remember it well. I recall thinking, […]

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 […]

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Craig Cheetham As is always the way, I had no intention of buying another car. Indeed, in recent times I’ve been trying to downsize the fleet to more manageable levels, but sometimes one comes along that just needs saving – and this is a perfect example.   Had I not intervened, I fear this lovely […]

MGR@10 Month : 10 years on, the latest from Longbridge

MGR@10 Month : 10 years on, the latest from Longbridge

Editor’s Note: Vehicle production at Longbridge may no longer exist as we knew it, but there is still a car assembly presence at the former MG Rover site, with CKD MG models still emerging from the site, along with engineering, design and marketing input for the Chinese-owned MG Motor UK at the former MG Rover […]

MGR@10 Month : The Battle for Survival

MGR@10 Month : The Battle for Survival

David Morgan regularly sends in fascinating, well-researched historical features, often focusing on key models and moment in BL/A-R/Rover Group history. What follows is an excellent dissection of events leading up to MG Rover Group’s demise in 2005, and is written in a very accessible style. Read on, discuss and draw your own conclusions (thanks, David!)… […]

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MGR@10 Month : Interview with MG Rover Product PR Manager, Kevin Jones

MGR@10 Month : Interview with MG Rover Product PR Manager, Kevin Jones

For the latest instalment in our MGR@10 Month coverage, Craig Cheetham catches up with MG Rover’s former Product PR Manager (among other things), Kevin Jones. Kevin, who is now Head of Communications for Peugeot in the UK, went to work for what was then British Leyland as his very first job and remained there for over a […]

MGR@10 Month : The campaigner’s view

MGR@10 Month : The campaigner’s view

Of all the people intimately involved in MG Rover’s fall into administration, and the devastating aftermath in the community, Gemma Cartwright MBE is probably the most qualified to speak about events. Her husband was one of those made redundant – and since April 2005, she’s campaigned hard for the workers. She continues to do so […]

MGR@10 Month : MG Rover and Matra? Close, but no cigar…

MGR@10 Month : MG Rover and Matra? Close, but no cigar…

Matra’s Espace would have made an interesting, and much needed new Rover… The strange story of how MG Rover almost won the Espace Back in 2000, MG Rover’s management was in a terrible pickle – ‘gifted’ a £500m dowry – that amounted to three months’ turnover – from former owners, BMW, a range of ageing saloons, a […]

MGR@10 Month : The test and development driver’s view

MGR@10 Month : The test and development driver’s view

Ten years on, one of MG Rover’s talented engineering team, Nic Fasci, tells AROnline how he was affected by the announcement that his employer had been put into administration, and how ultimately MG Rover set him in great stead for a fantastic automotive career ‘What do you mean, MG Rover has gone into administration?’ came […]

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MGR@10 Month : Unique MG ZT-T 4WD – what might have been…

MGR@10 Month : Unique MG ZT-T 4WD – what might have been…

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: Simon Davies AROnline reader John Newey and his brother, Nick, are the Joint Dealer Principals of a busy MG dealership, Summit Garage (Dudley) Limited, but John is also a die-hard MG enthusiast with a collection of rare MGs which includes an MG RV8, a supercharged MG ZT 400SE and a carbonfibre-bodied MG XPower SV-R. […]

MGR@10 Month : Keith Adams through the looking glass…

MGR@10 Month : Keith Adams through the looking glass…

Keith Adams recalls the fateful day, 10 years ago, that MG Rover went into administration.  ‘It’s over. They’ve called in the receivers.’ A simple text message from my friend and colleague, Mike Duff… At that moment, it really did feel like my world had collapsed around me. Far from being in Birmingham to share […]

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 […]

Raise a glass to… 30 years of the MG Montego Turbo

Raise a glass to… 30 years of the MG Montego Turbo

Launched 30 years ago today, the Montego MG Turbo offered five-seat luxury and astonishing performance which created a welcome boost in sales and interest in the brand. Mike Humble raises his mug of tea in honour of yet another BL Birthday. Ah… the Montego, a car I have so many memories of both good and bad. One particular model is […]

MGR@10 Month : A motoring journo’s view…

MGR@10 Month : A motoring journo’s view…

Craig Cheetham March 2005.  I was 27 years old, and at a stage in life where thing were about to change considerably. I was engaged to be married, and about to set foot on the property ladder, neither of which was conducive to my then job as Deputy Motoring Editor on the weekly car magazine, Auto […]

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

Craig Cheetham Today is the first day of April 2015, and for many of us it’s astonishing to think that the demise of the MG Rover Group was a whole decade ago. But a decade ago it was. The writing may have been on the wall for weeks, or even months, before the Longbridge production lines were […]