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The SMMT South Test Day was one of the last of the UK-based automotive press and media functions of the year. Mike Humble took the opportunity to sample some of the latest British-built models to have reached the showrooms in recent months.
Lighter, faster, more efficient and better value than before. On paper, it looks like Vauxhall has a class-leader on its hands. There’s a lot riding on the new British-built midliner – can it see off the opposition and live up to its promise?
For lovers of the might-have-beens of the British motor industry, who have a few quid in their pocket, the opportunity to buy this wonderful Ferguson Formula Triumph 2500PI Estate might be too hard to resist. It’s a 1972 model, currently on offer with Classic and Vintage Cars AG in Switzerland for 55,000CHF, or around £36,900. […]
The British-built, latest-generation Vauxhall Astra has had its first public outing in the UK following its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month. It will go on sale here next month with a starting price of £15,295 – the key points are that it is lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model and […]
Once again Stanford Hall in Leicestershire hosted its big Mini show and AROnline was there. Although there were sporty and modified Minis on show, our pictures focus on the bread and butter models, that made up the bulk of the 5.5 million Minis made.
Fans of the Rover 800 are coming together with the aim of forming a new owners’ club. The Rover 800 Owners’ Club will cater for all variants of what was once the country’s best-selling executive car, including MkI (XX) and MkII (R17) variants. The club’s purpose is to ensure the survival and continued enjoyment of all versions of […]
The wraps have finally come off the Jaguar F-Pace at Frankfurt after months of pre-launch build-up – and the Audi Q5/BMW X3 rival looks set to make quite a splash if its good looks, and warm media reaction to its kissing cousin, the XE are anything to go by.
The latest addition to the MINI range opened its doors at Frankfurt – it’s now a conventional five-door estate, retaining the split doors at the rear of the old model, but with an altogether roomier interior, thanks to a 10cm increase in wheelbase.
Bentley executives confirmed to Autocar that the first year’s allocation of the Bentayga have already sold out. The car might have met a cool reception around these parts on stylistic grounds, but clearly it’s hit the ground running.
Vauxhall’s smart new British-made Astra Sports Tourer made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show. The new car, which is 200kg lighter than the old model and packs some interesting technology for the marker sector, is set to up production volumes at the Ellesmere Port factory outgoing model.
To celebrate the impending launch of the F-Pace at the Frankfurt motor show, the company decided to lay on a gravity-defying loop-the-loop run, which was officially accepted into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Jaguar Land Rover’s unending march to world domination continues with the arrival of the first Chinese-made Land Rover Discovery Sport at the Chengdu Auto Show. The new car appeared in prototype form, and China News Daily reports that it will go on sale in its home market in October with a price starting around 450,000 yuan (£46,300).
At £160,200 it takes over from the Range Rover as the most exclusive all-purpose car, combining an all-new W12 powertrain with usability and astonishing pace. The car was designed, and engineered in Crewe, and is also built there. The vital stats are impressive – a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine pushes out 600bhp and 663lb ft, and Bentley claims a 0-60mph time of 4.0 seconds, and a maximum speed of 187mph.
For those who wish to quite literally have a blast in their Range Rover, Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations has designed and built its own in-house armoured model, the Sentinel. The new Range Rover Sentinel is the first luxury armoured vehicle to be fully engineered by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) – hand built at […]
The all-new second-generation Jaguar XF breaks cover, and as part of its maker’s renaissance, it has its sights aimed aggressively at the BMW 5-series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-class.
Does the aluminium beauty have what it takes? Motoring Research’s Tim Pitt gets behind the wheel…
John Steed’s famous wide-bodied Jaguar XJ-C, in Racing Green, is coming up for auction with H&H on 14 October with an estimate of £10,000-12,000. It was the eighth XJ-C built, and originally an experimental model featuring a Broadspeed body kit and extra-wide wheels fitted for the TV series. Dry-stored for many years and now in need […]
Aston Martin currently employs almost 40 young apprentices at its factory and global HQ at Gaydon, Warwickshire, and would like to add a further ten to that tally. The vacancies are in a selection of priority positions, and apprentices will be on a four-year fixed contract to learn their trade in one of the following areas: Paint, Trim, Maintenance, […]
MG Motor UK’s new Qashqai rival, the sharp-looking GS SUV is now testing in the UK, and sporting Birmingham number plates. The car, which was snapped by AROnline reader, Steve Webb on the M42 last week, is powered by a GM/SAIC 1.5-litre engine according to DVLA registration data – although we rather hope it’s actually sporting the promising 2.0-litre turbo that powers the launch models in China.
Better late than never, AROnline bags a brief and very useful drive of the entry-level Jaguar XE, and comes away pleasantly impressed. Dynamically polished, swift and refined, it competes well in a tough market.
The engineering bloodline that links the original Land Rover Series 1 with the Defender will be celebrated in a special presentation and displays, which include re-creations of key elements from the development of the original. These include drawing board plans and an early pre-production chassis.