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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 : 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 41 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 32 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

News : Brexit may force JLR into hybrids sooner…

News : Brexit may force JLR into hybrids sooner…

Keith Adams Last week’s historic Brexit vote looks set to have lasting implications for the UK motor industry, not least its largest and most important domestic manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover. According to a former consultant to the company, the company is going to have to re-evaluate its range, with regards to the fuel consumption and […]

Video : Disco tows 100-tonne train and, er, survives

Video : Disco tows 100-tonne train and, er, survives

The Discovery Sport was able to pull 60 times its own weight, when powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 177bhp Ingenium diesel engine. In addition, the Discovery Sport benefitted from Land Rover’s portfolio of towing and traction technologies such as Terrain Response, Tow Assist, Tow Hitch Assist and All Terrain Progress Control – a semi-autonomous off-road […]

By 16 June 2016 9 Comments Read More →
News : Aston Martin DB11 makes Goodwood debut

News : Aston Martin DB11 makes Goodwood debut

The Aston Martin DB11 will be seen running for the first time at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (23-26 June). The 600bhp, 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 GT car will be on display in the Michelin Supercar Paddock during the Festival weekend and will be driven up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile hillclimb by Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer. […]

By 16 June 2016 5 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar F-Type SVR roars into Goodwood

News : Jaguar F-Type SVR roars into Goodwood

Visitors to Goodwood’s Festival of Speed (23-26 June) will be the first to witness the new Jaguar F-Type SVR as it makes its UK driving debut. The 200mph Jaguar will be will have its work cut out making a splash on its appearance at Goodwood’s iconic hillclimb event, given the quality of the cars on show there. Engineered by […]

By 16 June 2016 2 Comments Read More →
News : MG GS undergoes pre-(UK) launch testing

News : MG GS undergoes pre-(UK) launch testing

In June 2016, the new MG GS goes on sale in the UK. To mark the occasion, MG has 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 […]

Events : Celebrating Swindon’s wheels of Pressed Steel

Events : Celebrating Swindon’s wheels of Pressed Steel

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 […]

News : Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato breaks cover

News : Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato breaks cover

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 […]

By 20 May 2016 2 Comments Read More →
News : Nissan UK makes its 50,000th Leaf

News : Nissan UK makes its 50,000th Leaf

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 […]

By 11 May 2016 3 Comments Read More →
News : MINI launches new Seven edition

News : MINI launches new Seven edition

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 […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover posts record April

News : Jaguar Land Rover posts record April

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 […]