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We’ve been reporting the news since November 2003 and started out by focussing on MG Rover. However, since 2006, we have widened the coverage to include the entire British motor industry. Track the progress of the companies assembling and building cars in the UK and keep up to date with their future plans.

News : Jaguar I-Pace goes down a storm in LA

News : Jaguar I-Pace goes down a storm in LA

Jaguar’s latest concept, which looks set to preview the look and underlying technology behind its next new product – an SUV that sits below the F-Pace – has created something of a media storm at the LA Auto Show. The I-Pace’s arrival, which coincides with the recent news that parent company Tata is now running at a profit bodes well for Jaguar’s future prosperity.

By 17 November 2016 19 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar I-Pace previews next SUV

News : Jaguar I-Pace previews next SUV

Say hello to the new Jaguar I-Pace, revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show. The concept not only underlines the JLR’s commitment to battery drivetrains for its future models, but also previews the styling for its next crossover, as well as further iterations of the X760 platform. Strip away the motor show hype, and here’s a […]

By 15 November 2016 43 Comments Read More →
News : Vauxhall Heritage unveils latest resto at NEC

News : Vauxhall Heritage unveils latest resto at NEC

Vauxhall Heritage’s restoration of its Monza Red Viva GT (HB) is complete. It will be shown publicly for the first time at the 2016 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held at the NEC, on 11-13 November. The Viva GT will be unveiled at 11am on Friday, 11 November on the Vauxhall stand in Hall 5 (near Entrance 5.1). It will form […]

News : Nissan commits to post-Brexit UK production

News : Nissan commits to post-Brexit UK production

Nissan has confirmed that the next Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built at its Sunderland plant in Washington. The good news means that the factory, one of Europe’s most productive at quality, will remain at the heart of its European operations.

News : MINI Countryman (2017) makes a giant splash

News : MINI Countryman (2017) makes a giant splash

The 2017 MINI Countryman has been revealed, and just like its predecessor, it moves very much into the Austin Maxi way of thinking by being bigger, better equipped, and more distant from the original entry-level hatchback.

News : Plug-in hybrid MINI nears production

News : Plug-in hybrid MINI nears production

The first plug-in hybrid MINI is readying for launch, with development almost completed. The 1.5-litre power unit works in parallel with an electric motor, which enables purely electric propulsion for the first time in a MINI. MINI is promising that the car will be fun to drive, retaining the existing car’s ‘go-kart’ feel. There are few outward […]

By 17 October 2016 3 Comments Read More →
News : Vauxhall ups its presence at the Classic Motor Show

News : Vauxhall ups its presence at the Classic Motor Show

Vauxhall Motors’ Heritage Centre is preparing for its largest ever display at next month’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, in its fifth year supporting the event. The Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest, manufacturer-owned car collections in the UK, will be celebrating two important anniversaries – 50 years of the […]

News : JLR’s Paris Motor Show highlights

News : JLR’s Paris Motor Show highlights

Keith Adams For the British contingent, it was a case of Jaguar Land Rover taking the headlines at the Paris Motor Show with the world premiere of the Discovery 5, and the surprise announcement that there will be a Sportbrake version of the Jaguar XF. The Land Rover Discovery 5 came fresh in from its unveiling alongside a […]

News : Land Rover Discovery 5’s LEGO debut

News : Land Rover Discovery 5’s LEGO debut

The Land Rover Discovery 5 was revealed to the press in typically media-savvy style by breaking a Guinness World Record for the largest LEGO structure ever built, and doing so with the endorsement of brand ambassadors, Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips. The LEGO unveil was impressive, as the rendering of Tower Bridge was made from 5,805,846 individual […]

By 28 September 2016 7 Comments Read More →
News : Land Rover Discovery 5 breaks cover in Paris

News : Land Rover Discovery 5 breaks cover in Paris

Keith Adams The Land Rover Discovery 5 has been launched following a rather lengthy teaser campaign. It’s clearly lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model, which has been doing fine service since 2005, but the big news is that its styling is more derivative of Land Rover’s new look, effectively looking like a scaled-up […]

By 28 September 2016 62 Comments Read More →
News : MG Motor UK makes it official…

News : MG Motor UK makes it official…

MG has finally curbed the rumours and announced that it will stop assembling – finishing – cars at its Longbridge plant, despite a year-on-year sales rise of 18 per cent, and within weeks of the launch of its new crossover, the MG GS.  MG’s parent company, SAIC Motor, was shipping-in part-built vehicles for completion at the Longbridge […]

By 23 September 2016 76 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar announces £100m expansion of UK plant

News : Jaguar announces £100m expansion of UK plant

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that the Jaguar XE is to be built at Castle Bromwich. Its production line will gradually transfer from Solihull as part of a £1bn-plus investment into the company’s West Midlands infrastructure. This investment in new press lines, body shops and final assembly halls supports production of the three Jaguar models built on the company’s technically […]

By 12 September 2016 33 Comments Read More →
News : Delivery mileage MG ZT up for auction

News : Delivery mileage MG ZT up for auction

A 2004 MG ZT 1.8 Turbo, with three miles on the clock, will go under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale on 24 September in the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. A remarkable find, the current and only owner purchased the car in 2005 from a Derby-based dealer, who was selling off the cars at half price […]

By 10 September 2016 32 Comments Read More →
News : Land Rover Discovery 5 previewed before Paris launch

News : Land Rover Discovery 5 previewed before Paris launch

Land Rover has released these two teaser images of the sixth-generation Discovery. The pictures come ahead of its official launch ahead of the Paris Motor Show on 28 September. The all-new model will take its styling lead from the 2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision concept, sharing many of its styling cues with the Discovery Sport.

By 6 September 2016 32 Comments Read More →
News : Rover 2600 SDX offered on eBay UK

News : Rover 2600 SDX offered on eBay UK

Keith Adams A rare, South African-specification, CKD-built Rover 2600 SDX has been offered on eBay. The car, which was built in Leyland South Africa‘s Blackheath plant, is freshly imported and ready to go. It’s a Midas Gold example and was registered in 1980 – it differs from the UK version by being powered by the stretched […]

News : Ingenium power for Range Rover Sport

News : Ingenium power for Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport gains Ingenium power, semi-autonomous driving technologies, updated infotainment and a greater scope for personalisation for its 2017 model year facelift. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium turbodiesel is the smallest power unit yet fitted to the Sport, and clearly an effort at extending the appeal of the mid-range model, which has been on sale since 2013. The Ingenium […]

News : Bristol Bullet unveiled

News : Bristol Bullet unveiled

The Bristol Bullet is a new sports car which combines classic styling and high-tech gadgets, and could be yours for around £250,000 when it goes on sale next year. It’s powered by a 370bhp BMW V8, which harks back to the original BMW/Frazer-Nash/Bristol association that gave us the 401. The Bullet is inspired by the classic […]

News : Sir William Lyons’ Jaguar MkX goes to auction

News : Sir William Lyons’ Jaguar MkX goes to auction

The 1961 Jaguar MkX owned by Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, will be sold at auction later this year at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale, held at Blenheim Palace on 2–3 September. Manufactured in December 1961 at Browns Lane, the car was delivered to Sir William in January 1962 and registered to his Wappenbury Hall address […]

News : Ford celebrates 40 years of the Fiesta

News : Ford celebrates 40 years of the Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has hit 40 and, to celebrate, 40 of the nation’s favourite Fiestas travelled in convoy from the Ford Engine Plant in Dagenham to Brighton Racecourse for the 2016 Ford Summer Festival. In the 40 years from 1976-2016, Ford has sold 4,339,149 Fiestas in the UK, with European Fiesta sales set to surpass […]

News : Evoque clocks up half million

News : Evoque clocks up half million

The Range Rover Evoque celebrated its fifth year of production at Halewood. With more than half a million sold globally in more than 180 countries since 2011, it’s Land Rover’s greatest sales success story. Since the first Evoque rolled off the production line on 4 July 2011, sales have increased five-fold from just over 22,000 in 2011 to […]