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News : Final Land Rover Defender rolls of the line

News : Final Land Rover Defender rolls of the line

More than 700 current and former Solihull employees involved in the production of Series Land Rovers and Defenders were there to see the last Land Rover – a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top – roll off the line. It’s the end of an impressive run of 68 years continuous production of cars with a direct DNA link to the original 1948 […]

News : Spectre Aston Martin DB10 goes to auction

News : Spectre Aston Martin DB10 goes to auction

The Aston Martin DB10 – the first car created exclusively for James Bond by Aston Martin – is to go under the hammer at a Christie’s auction in London on 18 February with proceeds donated to Médecins Sans Frontières. ‘Spectre – The Auction’ celebrates the release of the twenty-fourth Bond film on DVD with 24 special auction lots […]

By 24 January 2016 3 Comments Read More →
News : Maestro & Montego Club kicks off 2016 with expansion plans and a joy ride

News : Maestro & Montego Club kicks off 2016 with expansion plans and a joy ride

The Maestro and Montego Owners Club (MMOC) held recently held its AGM at MINI Plant Oxford which resulted in a new committee being elected with Tanya Field stepping up to the position of Chairperson and Mike Humble taking on responsibility for the Club’s social media activity. The Club has somewhat struggled with social media recently and […]

By 19 January 2016 4 Comments Read More →
News : New Triumph SD2 image emerges on Motorgraphs

News : New Triumph SD2 image emerges on Motorgraphs

We have become quite used to the rather ungainly styling of the Triumph SD2 prototype as it emerged from the catacombs of the Specialist Division between 1972 and ’75. So, this image, which has just been published on Motorgraphs has us scratching our heads a little. You can read the full story here, and learn why it was replaced by the TM1 programme briefly before being passed over by the rather more sensible Maestro and Montego brothers.

News : Strong JLR, MINI and McLaren sales in 2015

News : Strong JLR, MINI and McLaren sales in 2015

It’s been a great 2015 in sales and production for British carmakers. In a week that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced record UK car sales figures, Jaguar Land Rover, MINI and McLaren all confirmed they had ended 2015 with significant sales growth.

News : MINI wins Sunday Times award

News : MINI wins Sunday Times award

The MINI Hatch has been named Best Supermini in The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars of 2016. Fending off stiff competition in its category, the MINI Hatch was commended by The Sunday Times judges for its hi-tech engines coupled with its refined ride, road noise and comfort.  MINI Hatch’s build quality was also praised, with the judges […]

News : Freelander 1 becomes latest Land Rover heritage vehicle

News : Freelander 1 becomes latest Land Rover heritage vehicle

Produced between 1997 and 2006, the first-generation Land Rover Freelander remains one of the company’s best-selling models and is now officially a Land Rover Heritage vehicle. Land Rover Heritage specialises in cars, services, parts and experiences for classic Land Rover models and the Freelander 1 becomes the brand’s eighth Heritage model. The others are Series I, […]

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

Britain’s last commercially-operated fleet of Leyland Constructor tippers have been officially retired from front line duty at Tilbury ‘B’ Power Station in Essex. But wait, do we hear a curtain call of a different kind? Mike Humble shares an update… After 17 years of hard graft Tony Gothard’s Leyland’s next stop wont be the scrap dealer – they’re heading for […]

By 24 December 2015 5 Comments Read More →
News : Morgan Aero 8 now in production

News : Morgan Aero 8 now in production

The first production Morgan Aero 8 was completed last week, and to mark the occasion Steven Ward recalls his interview company bosses Steve Morris and Jonathan Wells at the Geneva motor show earlier this year.

By 22 December 2015 0 Comments Read More →
News : JLR posts best-yet November sales

News : JLR posts best-yet November sales

Jaguar Land Rover has scored its best-yet November retail sales. It sold 46,547 vehicles, up 27 per cent on November 2014. The company has sold 437,512 vehicles in the first 11 months of 2015, which means this will probably be the company’s best year yet – much of this performance can be laid at the door of the […]

News : A new way to promote our cars for sale

News : A new way to promote our cars for sale

Keith Adams Due to the continuing success and growth of the AROnline Facebook page, we’ve set-up a new sister group to highlight all of the interesting BMC>MGR (and other) cars for sale in and around the Internet. The AROnline Showroom & Gallery was launched last week, with the sole intention of showcasing the cars you’ve spotted and getting […]

By 23 November 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Obituary : Jim Slater 1929-2015

Obituary : Jim Slater 1929-2015

Ian Nicholls tells the story of former BLMC director, Jim Slater, who has recently died.

By 23 November 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Events : Peter O’Toole’s Mini stars at the NEC

Events : Peter O’Toole’s Mini stars at the NEC

Ian Nicholls One of the gems to be seen at the 2015 Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show was to be found on the British Mini Club stand. A Mini Cooper 1275S that was owned by Yorkshire’s favourite Irishman, actor Peter O’Toole. Although he became famous through playing the lead character in David Lean’s cinematic epic, Lawrence of […]

By 18 November 2015 2 Comments Read More →
News : LTC TX5 unveiled in London

News : LTC TX5 unveiled in London

The new London Taxi Company (LTC) TX5, which was presented outside Lancaster House during the four-day UK state visit by China’s President Xi Jinping, is a refreshingly traditional-looking new black cab. It has been developed by parent company Geely, and is an all-new design. It was styled at Geely’s design studio in Barcelona by Peter Horbury, David Ancona and their team, […]

News : MINI Convertible breaks cover

News : MINI Convertible breaks cover

Easily the best-looking of all the F56 MINI variations so far, the new Convertible breaks cover before making its show debut in Japan next week. The car is set to go on sale in March 2016, with prices starting at £18,475 for the Cooper, rising to £20,225 for the Cooper D and £22,430 for the Cooper S. […]

By 22 October 2015 6 Comments Read More →
News : JLR joins with universities on autonomous research

News : JLR joins with universities on autonomous research

Heriot-Watt University is part of 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 ten UK universities and the Transport Research Laboratory as well as the car manufacturers. It was announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Sajid Javid, during a visit […]

By 10 October 2015 0 Comments Read More →
News : Vauxhall lines up stars for the NEC

News : Vauxhall lines up stars for the NEC

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 […]

By 9 October 2015 7 Comments Read More →
News : Marseille’s ARG dealer is about to be razed

News : Marseille’s ARG dealer is about to be razed

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.

By 7 October 2015 11 Comments Read More →
First Drives : SMMT Autumn Round-up

First Drives : SMMT Autumn Round-up

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.

First Drive : Vauxhall Astra (2015)

First Drive : Vauxhall Astra (2015)

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?

By 24 September 2015 24 Comments Read More →