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News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham What must be one of the oldest surviving Rover 800 Fastbacks is set to go under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions’ summer sale later this month. Among the many more upmarket classics due to be sold at the ACA sale in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the Oyster Beige 820e base model could easily […]

News : Land Rover builds replica of 1948 Series 1 production line at Solihull

News : Land Rover builds replica of 1948 Series 1 production line at Solihull

Land Rover has re-created history by building an authentic replica of the production line used to manufacture its first 4×4 in 1948. The ‘Defender Celebration Line’ re-creates in detail how the first Series I Land Rover was built at the Solihull manufacturing plant just after the Second World War. The new visitor attraction, which opened […]

Press Report : SAIC Motor receives order for 1,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids

Press Report : SAIC Motor receives order for 1,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids

Automotive New China SAIC Motor (SAIC) received an order for 1,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids last week from a Shanghai supplier of battery charging equipment that plans to start a car-rental business. The company says it will fill the order with Roewe E50 small electric cars and Roewe 550 compact plug-in hybrid sedans. The buyer, […]

News : MGLive! to mark 60th Anniversary of BMC Competitions Department

News : MGLive! to mark 60th Anniversary of BMC Competitions Department

BMC’s legendary motorsport division will be the central theme of this year’s MG Car Club-run MGLive! 2015 gathering, which takes place at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, on the weekend of 20-21 June. The BMC/BL Competitions, or ‘Comps’ Department was formed in 1955 and had its headquarters alongside the MG factory works in Abingdon. The ‘Comps’ Department’s brief was […]

News : Updated – More images of new MG GS SUV released in China

News : Updated – More images of new MG GS SUV released in China

Clive Goldthorp A number of first official images of MG’s new C-segment SUV were released by SAIC Motor in China last month (shown above and below). The production version of the CS SUV Concept, which was originally unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2013, is scheduled to be launched at Auto Shanghai in April, 2015 and will reach Chinese […]

News : Ex-Police SD1 makes almost £10k at auction…

News : Ex-Police SD1 makes almost £10k at auction…

Craig Cheetham A rare Rover SD1 specially commissioned by Grampian Police has returned home after selling at auction for £9,750 – a figure which is believed to be a world record for a roadgoing variant of the model. The 190bhp SD1 pursuit car was bought new by the force in 1985 and, unlike many Police SD1s, […]

Events : InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2015

Events : InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2015

Just like last year, AROnline starts the new classic car show season early with a visit to Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. The celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Jaguar name was the theme for one of the two central exhibitions and made the visit even more interesting for those with some British fuel in […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 sales figures

News : Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 sales figures

Jaguar Land Rover has reported sales of 462,678 vehicles in 2014, up 9% year-on year. Commenting on the full year performance Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director, said:  “Jaguar Land Rover has once again outperformed prior year performance, with retails up across all of our key regions.” He also suggested that, with […]

News : Jaguar’s new SUV teaser…

News : Jaguar’s new SUV teaser…

The first teaser images of Jaguar’s new SUV have been revealed, along with an announcement that the new model will create 1,300 jobs at the existing Land Rover plant in Solihull, where it and the new XE saloon will be produced. The new Jaguar, which the brand refers to as a ‘performance crossover,’ will be badged as the Jaguar F-Pace.  […]

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News : Last of the line Defenders – which flavour are you?

News : Last of the line Defenders – which flavour are you?

Craig Cheetham A trio of special edition Land Rover Defenders has been unveiled, to mark the end of production for the iconic model later on this year. Badged Autobiography, Adventure and Heritage, the three models each looks at the Defender from a different angle. You’ll need to dig deep if you want to get behind the […]

News : MINI celebrates record UK sales in 2014

News : MINI celebrates record UK sales in 2014

MINI recorded record sales in the UK in 2014. In total, 53,661 MINI models found homes with UK buyers last year – 1,728 (3.3 per cent) more than the previous record set in 2013. MINI’s market share in the UK was 2.17 per cent, making it the biggest market for the brand in the world […]

News : MG records 361 per cent growth in UK registrations during 2014

News : MG records 361 per cent growth in UK registrations during 2014

MG was today confirmed as the fastest growing automotive brand in the UK during 2014 according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The re-emerging brand grew sales by 361 per cent following a highly successful launch of its new MG3 supermini, a major expansion of the Dealer Network and the addition of […]

News : Andrew Jordan joins MG and Triple Eight Racing for 2015 BTCC campaign

News : Andrew Jordan joins MG and Triple Eight Racing for 2015 BTCC campaign

MG Motor UK and the newly re-branded Triple Eight Racing (formerly Triple Eight Race Engineering) have today announced that British Touring Car ace, Andrew Jordan has signed a one-year deal to drive a factory-supported MG6 GT with the reigning manufacturer-constructors in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). Jordan, 2013 BTCC champion and a 14-times race […]

News : Updated – Jaguar legend Norman Dewis receives an OBE in the New Year Honours List

News : Updated – Jaguar legend Norman Dewis receives an OBE in the New Year Honours List

The exceptional achievements of legendary 94-year-old former test driver Norman Dewis have been recognised and rewarded in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, with Norman receiving the award of an Order of the British Empire (OBE). Norman Dewis OBE’s career as a Jaguar test driver and works racer spanned 33 years and, during that time, he […]

News : Happy New Year from AROnline, plus some important anniversaries

News : Happy New Year from AROnline, plus some important anniversaries

Craig Cheetham Happy New Year! Whether you love partying until the early hours and revelling in the sentimentality of the occasion, or, like me, prefer to stick the kids in bed and curl up on the sofa with a beer and a good book, the festivities are pretty much over, and for many of us […]

News : Brace of rare Metros at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Brace of rare Metros at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham A pair of extremely rare Metros are to go under the hammer in a month’s time, in the first of 2015’s Anglia Car Auctions classic sales. The Metros, both of which come from the same private collection, are to be offered at the ACA sale on Saturday, January 31, 2015 – and, although neither […]

News : Merry Christmas from AROnline…

News : Merry Christmas from AROnline…

Craig Cheetham And so here it is, Merry Christmas… Thank you to AROnline readers new and old for your continued support of the site through a year of change, and regardless of your creed, colour or religion, please enjoy the festive season with the people who matter most to you. Here’s hoping that Santa brought […]

First Drive : Jaguar XJR

First Drive : Jaguar XJR

Who says all new cars have to be green? This one is white… and rather good. Mike Humble finds out more… Despite how nonchalant or low key some of us try to be when going about our daily motoring escapades, if you are into your cars, you cannot help looking at your own reflection in […]

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News : Latest eBay scam alert…

News : Latest eBay scam alert…

Craig Cheetham AROnline’s Editor doesn’t cop for an eBay scam – but talk amongst the trade suggests there’s a rather unpleasant trend going on right now – and it could affect you…     If you’re currently the owner of a smart, low-mileage classic Austin, Jaguar or Rover and are thinking of selling it, you need […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover introduces the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen

News : Jaguar Land Rover introduces the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 360-degree view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof. A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the […]

News : AROnline car stickers still available (gallery coming soon…)

News : AROnline car stickers still available (gallery coming soon…)

Craig Cheetham It’s the most miserable time of year for postmen and women across the UK, so AROnline thought we’d add to it… Back in the day, of course, old postie would have been more than happy for the extra work, as the Christmas rush was the perfect excuse to stick a few more miles […]