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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: Early low mileage 800 fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

News: Early low mileage 800 fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

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 find itself […]

News : Aluminium-intensive XE to be most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever

News : Aluminium-intensive XE to be most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever

The innovative new Jaguar XE redefines the standard in its segment. Designed around Jaguar’s modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75 per cent of the structure. This milestone in body engineering, a product of Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in high-volume […]

News : Unipart Automotive enters administration

News : Unipart Automotive enters administration

Parts supplier Unipart Automotive has gone into administration, putting around 1,300 jobs at risk and seeing yet another of the former elements of the BMC/BL/Austin Rover Group slide into the annals of motoring history. While the parent group, Unipart Group, its rail operations and Car Care Centre franchises will continue to operate outside of the […]

News : UK car production rises 3.5% during H1 2014

News : UK car production rises 3.5% during H1 2014

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today released details of the UK’s car production figures for the first six months of 2014 – key points are: – Robust first half of 2014 for UK car manufacturing, with volumes up 3.5% to 791,314 units. – June output rose 3.7% to 136,419 cars, driven […]

News : Motoring Classics launch MeisterSinger MG watches

News : Motoring Classics launch MeisterSinger MG watches

The foresight and determination of an ardent German MG enthusiast, Ernst Graaf, have resulted in a unique trio of quality timepieces, the design of which echoes the distinctive shape and structure of a 1950s MG TD radiator grille. The watches have been superbly crafted by MeisterSinger and are available online from British Motor Heritage’s retail […]

News : BMH launches replacement wings for the MGF

News : BMH launches replacement wings for the MGF

British Motor Heritage (BMH) is pleased to announce the availability of replacement rear wings for the MGF. They are pressed on the original tooling and consequently of the highest quality. The part numbers are ALH460080R (right), and ALH460090R (left). Restorers obviously have the option of cutting them down if they only need to replace a […]

News : Mini Beach car going to auction

News : Mini Beach car going to auction

One of the most rare Mini variations is coming up for sale at Bonhams Auto Auction at the Quail Lodge in California on 15th August. Most of these were sent to the original U.S. BMC Mini Franchise Dealerships as “display cars” to generate interest in the U.S. introduction for Minis, including the one coming up for sale. […]

News : Jaguar XE set for London launch in early September

News : Jaguar XE set for London launch in early September

Jaguar will unveil the latest addition to its sports saloon car family, the Jaguar XE, at a star-studded event in London on 8th September. The event will mark the unveiling of a true driver’s car; one that redefines the concept of the sports saloon – a segment that Jaguar created over 50 years ago with […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover reports strongest ever H1 sales

News : Jaguar Land Rover reports strongest ever H1 sales

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles, delivered its strongest ever half year sales performance, retailing 240,372 vehicles January to June 2014, up 14% versus the same period last year. The company delivered more vehicles in the past six months than in the whole of 2010.  In the month of June, Jaguar […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover powers up new Ingenium engine family

News : Jaguar Land Rover powers up new Ingenium engine family

Ingenium, the new family of premium diesel and petrol engines designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover, delivers class-leading levels of torque, horsepower and refinement while reducing emissions and fuel consumption. The company yesterday revealed more of the technical details of these new lightweight, compact low-emissions modular engines as it showcased some of the […]

Events : Over 50 Landcrabs star at the BMC and Leyland Show

Events : Over 50 Landcrabs star at the BMC and Leyland Show

The Austin 1800, generally known as the Landcrab, celebrated its 50th birthday in style. The call for them to attend was heard and over 50 assembled in front of the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon. Held for the second time in 2014, the BMC and Leyland Show proved to be an excellent day out – and not only for Landcrab […]

News : Vauxhall Motors creates 550 new jobs in the UK

News : Vauxhall Motors creates 550 new jobs in the UK

Vauxhall Motors has just announced that, as its business grows and with another new model on the horizon, the company will take on 550 new employees at its manufacturing sites in Ellesmere Port and Luton, the first significant new-hire programme for a decade. Around 300 new jobs will be secured at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire.  The plant […]

News : XPart moves to new distribution centre in Hinckley

News : XPart moves to new distribution centre in Hinckley

XPart, the MG Rover original parts business, is looking forward to a new and exciting era, after moving its operations centre from Desford to Hinckley Commercial Estate. XPart’s commercial staff moved into their new facility at the beginning of June while the transfer of all the company’s stock has just been completed. The Hinckley facility was […]

News : Gen 3 MINI 5-Door Hatch rolls off the line at Oxford

News : Gen 3 MINI 5-Door Hatch rolls off the line at Oxford

Plant Oxford today saw a production first as the new MINI 5-door Hatch comes off the production line. The new 5-Door is a first for MINI production at the Oxford plant and marks another phase in the roll-out of a £750 million investment programme across BMW Group UK’s production facilities from 2011 to 2015. The car […]

Press Report : Shanghai GM’s President to lead SAIC Motor’s car unit

Press Report : Shanghai GM’s President to lead SAIC Motor’s car unit

Shanghai General Motors’ President, Wang Xiaoqiu (pictured left) will soon leave the company to lead the passenger vehicle unit of SAIC Motor Corp., according to the Economic Observer, a Beijing newspaper.

Events : MG’s past, present and future showcased at MG90

Events : MG’s past, present and future showcased at MG90

Clive Goldthorp A truly international crowd of over 15,000 MG enthusiasts descended on Silverstone – the home of the British Grand Prix – last weekend to celebrate not only the much-loved marque’s 90th Anniversary but also for a preview of current owner SAIC Motor’s near-to-mid term plans for the brand. The famous Northamptonshire race circuit has […]

News : MG CS SUV and EV Concepts make public debut at MG90

News : MG CS SUV and EV Concepts make public debut at MG90

Clive Goldthorp MG Motor UK chose last weekend’s MG Car Club-promoted MG90 event at Silverstone to introduce two significant new concept vehicles to the wider British public for the first time – the MG CS SUV Concept and the MG EV Concept both give an interesting glimpse of the direction which the storied MG marque will be taking […]

News : Race-spec MG3 Trophy revealed at MG90

News : Race-spec MG3 Trophy revealed at MG90

Clive Goldthorp MG Motor UK wowed the crowds celebrating the marque’s 90th Anniversary during the MG Car Club-promoted MG90 event at Silverstone last weekend by revealing the fully race-prepared MG3 Trophy. The racing version of MG’s B-segment MG3 supermini has been developed at MG Birmingham by a seven-man SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre (SMTC UK) […]

News : Jaguar to build F-Type Project 7

News : Jaguar to build F-Type Project 7

The Jaguar F-Type Project 7, the latest model in the marque’s acclaimed F-Type sports car range, is set to make its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed today. The car is the first Jaguar performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations division, and will be produced in an exclusive, limited-edition run […]

Press Report : SAIC Motor’s new Chairman makes pledge to boost own-brand sales

Press Report : SAIC Motor’s new Chairman makes pledge to boost own-brand sales

Bloomberg News SAIC Motor Corp. (600104), the Chinese manufacturing partner of General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG, pledged to increase spending to build up its own car brands after sales barely rose in the first five months. The Shanghai-based automaker faces a shortage of talent and lacks innovation, Chairman Chen Hong said yesterday in the […]