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.
In June 2016, the new MG GS goes on sale in the UK. To mark the occasion, MG has been been sharing images from its development, from the design brief and early sketches through to what it’s gone through to ensure it performs at its best. All new models are put through their paces, and the MG GS is […]
On Saturday 9 July, a cavalcade of classic and modern cars will parade around Swindon’s unique Magic Roundabout. All these cars will have had their body panels pressed at the MINI Plant in Swindon, formerly known as Pressed Steel… Taking advantage of the roundabout being closed for routine maintenance, the parade will begin at around […]
Aston Martin and Zagato’s long-lasting relationship continues, with the unveiling of the Vanquish Zagato Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held at Lake Como in Italy from 21 – 22 May 2016. The new car carries on the styling themes established with the DB7-based Zagato of the 1990s and the 2012 V12 Vantage Zagato. It’s a […]
Three years after Nissan introduced electric vehicle and battery manufacturing to Europe, the 50,000th European-built Nissan Leaf has rolled off the production line. The silver, Tekna grade Leaf rolled off the production line last week and is destined for a customer in France. Five years ago, the Leaf was the first mass-market electric vehicle to go […]
MINI has launched its latest model, the Seven. Taking its name from the 1959 Austin Seven, the MINI Seven joins the current generation range in five- or three-door form with specially designed exterior and interior looks unseen before on this generation’s model line-up. Unlike its namesake, it’s no stripped-out entry-level model. Sadly… It’s available in Lapisluxury Blue and three […]
Jaguar Land Rover reported its best ever April retail sales of 41,341 vehicles, up 11 per cent on April 2015. This is the company’s fourth consecutive record-breaking month. The company sold 200,154 vehicles in the first four months of 2016, 24 per cent up on the same period in the prior year. Retail sales for the month […]
Okay, so it’s not exactly news to those close to the trade, but the latest reliability figures from Warrantywise make interesting reading – as well as blowing apart the idea that ‘if it’s German, it’s more reliable’, they also seem to prove that the most dependable cars are Japanese. A Warrantywise survey of 750 drivers finds that […]
The right kind of car for current market trends. Can MG fully capitalise on this? The countdown is on and MG Motor UK will be unveiling its all-new crossover to attendees of the London Motor Show on 6-8 May. MG Motor UK announced in October last year that it was the first volume manufacturer to […]
The MG EX234 prototype hits the auction scene, coming up for sale with Bonhams at its Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on 24 June. It’s one of the many fascinating ‘might have beens’ in the history of MG marque, with design kicking off in 1964 when Abingdon’s engineers’ thoughts turned to a ‘next generation’ MGB that would have better chassis dynamics: specifically, the new car would incorporate the independent rear suspension intended for the original but abandoned as too expensive.
Jaguar Land Rover is supporting the European Union’s plan for the standardisation and harmonisation of autonomous vehicle technology. It has demonstrated a range of autonomous vehicles, including ‘hands-free’ driving, to EU Transport Ministers on the streets of Amsterdam. The 28 EU Member States met at the EU Council of Ministers meeting to discuss the importance of […]
Land Rover Classic has launched its ‘Reborn’ initiative for the Series I at Techno-Classica in Essen, Germany. The new programme, which showcases the products and services offered by the newly-formed division of Jaguar Land Rover, will see 25 prospective customers given the opportunity to buy an original Land Rover Series I directly from Land Rover Classic, restored to as-new standard. […]
Mike Humble Located just outside Shipley, Naylor Brothers Restorations Limited has closed down after many years of association with classic MG cars. Specialising in classic and sporting car renovation, the company started by Alastair and David Naylor also became known for the building of the Naylor TF 1700 – a modern, high-quality homage to the […]
Jaguar Land Rover reported its best ever February retail sales of 37,494 vehicles, up 31 per cent on February 2015. The company sold 83,510 vehicles in the first two months of 2016, a 27 per cent rise. Retail sales for the month of February were up year-on-year across all regions: 84 per cent in the UK, 52 per […]
Nissan has now built more Qashqais than any other car in its three decades of manufacturing in Europe. Production at Washington has recently surpassed the previous highest single-name manufacturing total. That record was 2,368,704 units, previously held by the Micra. The Qashqai reached 2,368,705 units to overtake the Micra in less than ten years. Nissan’s Washington plant continues to […]
Andrew Elphick The Geneva Motor Show will be remembered as the show of few surprises this year – chiefly, thanks to the lack of outrageous concept cars. Skoda was showing a thinly-veiled teaser for its very own Discovery Sport rival, the Kodiak – and very pleasant it is, too. Citroen debuted a modern Mehari – except its pedal-car/Suzuki SJ mashup didn’t […]
The seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra has been voted the European Car of the Year in a hard-fought competition that saw it fight off some tough challengers, including the Jaguar XE. The new family hatchback scored 309 points from the 58-strong Jury with the Volvo XC90 SUV in second place with 294 points and the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 in third with 202 points.
Clive Goldthorp Could Vauxhall’s GT Concept point the way to a new MG sports car? We can dream… Ask diehard MG enthusiasts which new model they would most like to see SAIC Motor launch and the vast majority will probably say a two-seater sports car. AROnline has discussed ‘the sports car question’ with both Guy Jones, the then […]
Clive Goldthorp MG Motor UK has not, as yet, issued any official photographs of the UK-specification MG GS – this is a Chinese market model MG Motor UK has recently announced that the marque’s first-ever SUV, the MG GS, will be launched here in June. The new model, which is reportedly the first of three […]
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 […]
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 […]