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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 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 Styling gets a subtle tweak – the outgoing model’s double ‘shark gill’ apertures have been replaced by large, powerful […]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 19 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.

By 17 November 2016 20 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 78 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 →