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News : Velar ushers in fourth Range Rover model

News : Velar ushers in fourth Range Rover model

JLR has unveiled teaser images of the the Velar – the fourth model in the Range Rover line-up. A sporting model set to battle the BMW X6, it’s based on the Jaguar F-Pace’s underpinnings.

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News : Jaguar unveils new engines in its 2018 models

News : Jaguar unveils new engines in its 2018 models

Jaguar unveils its 2018 model line-up, headed up by a pair of all-new petrol Ingenium engines. There’s also more options, and an increased amount of tech and configurability.

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News : BMH launches Mk1 Mini bodyshells

News : BMH launches Mk1 Mini bodyshells

British Motor Heritage (BMH) has long since been at the forefront of supplying panels for all marks of classic Minis, and complete bodyshells for models from 1976 onwards. What’s been missing until now is a full replacement shell for the Mk1. Mini enthusiasts were given a preview on BMH’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show […]

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News : Range Rover reborn – yours for £135k

News : Range Rover reborn – yours for £135k

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has unveiled its latest ‘Reborn’ car. You can now buy fully-restored ‘as new’ Range Rovers from the Solihull factory – for a price.

News : MoT test exemption to be extended to four years?

News : MoT test exemption to be extended to four years?

New government proposals set to shake up the MoT test could see new cars going four years before having their first examination – up from the current three.

Events : Report – InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2017

Events : Report – InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2017

AROnline’s first show report for 2017 comes from the beautiful town of Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. Snowy gales, frosty temperatures and copious amounts of salt on the roads made classic car spotting in the parking areas a rather fruitless game, but inside the nicely heated halls of the Maastricht Convention Center a […]

News : Jaguar F-Type gets mid-life refresh

News : Jaguar F-Type gets mid-life refresh

The Jaguar F-Type gets a package of improvements for 2017, with upgrades to its infotainment system, the addition of a new 400 Sport launch-edition model and a world-first ReRun app which combines vehicle data with GoPro video to enhance the driving experience. Styling gets a subtle tweak – the outgoing model’s double ‘shark gill’ apertures have been replaced by large, powerful […]

News : Record year for Jaguar Land Rover

News : Record year for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover scored its best ever global sales in 2016, with a total of 583,313 vehicles. This is an increase of 20 per cent over 2015, and almost triple the 2009 figure. Sales in December were up 12 per cent compared to the same month last year, with a huge month in China, which was 36 per cent up – its strongest monthly […]

News : Q&A with MG Concept Designer Ian Webster

News : Q&A with MG Concept Designer Ian Webster

Ian Webster has created this interesting-looking homage to sporting MGs past and future. AROnline spent some time talking to the freelance automotive designer and found out what made him want to show SAIC Motor an alternative vision of the future. How old are you and what do you do for a living – an Engineer or […]

News : Leyland Olympian farewell in Preston

News : Leyland Olympian farewell in Preston

The Olympian was the final chassis produced by Leyland Bus, with the very last model leaving the Workington plant in 1993. With the recent change in legislation regarding step-entrance double-decker buses taking effect in this coming New Year, the last ones in daily public service cease operating this weekend within the county they were assembled. […]

By 30 December 2016 22 Comments Read More →
News : Cowley notches up 3,000,000th new MINI

News : Cowley notches up 3,000,000th new MINI

Cowley, or MINI Plant Oxford if you must, has built its three millionth post-BMW MINI, since since production began in 2001. The 3,000,000th car was a John Cooper Works Clubman with ALL4 all-wheel drive system. Since 2000 £1.75 billion has been invested by BMW Group at the three plants and at Oxford this has included a state-of-the-art paintshop, a high-technology body building facility, a new final assembly area, a new logistics centre, Quality and Engineering Centre and the MINIcademy, where the plant’s apprentices are trained.

By 9 December 2016 7 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar Land Rover sales up in November

News : Jaguar Land Rover sales up in November

Jaguar Land Rover has increased its global sales in November 2016, due to both an expansion of its model range, and an increase in output from the company’s factory in China. This bolsters its position as the largest car manufacturer in the UK.

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.

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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 […]