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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 8 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 3 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 1 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 […]

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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 […]

News : Warranty figures show German cars aren’t reliable

News : Warranty figures show German cars aren’t reliable

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 […]

News : Countdown commences for MG GS unveiling

News : Countdown commences for MG GS unveiling

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 […]

News : MG EX234 prototype comes up for sale

News : MG EX234 prototype comes up for sale

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.

News : JLR demonstrates autonomous vehicles

News : JLR demonstrates autonomous vehicles

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 […]

News : Land Rover Classic launches ‘Reborn’ Series I

News : Land Rover Classic launches ‘Reborn’ Series I

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. […]

News : Naylor Brothers Restorations Ltd closes after 50 years

News : Naylor Brothers Restorations Ltd closes after 50 years

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 […]

News : JLR celebrates a record February

News : JLR celebrates a record February

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 […]

News : Qashqai takes UK record for Nissan

News : Qashqai takes UK record for Nissan

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 […]

Geneva Motor Show 2016 : A show of few surprises…

Geneva Motor Show 2016 : A show of few surprises…

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 […]

By 10 March 2016 5 Comments Read More →
News : Vauxhall Astra crowned European Car of the Year 2016

News : Vauxhall Astra crowned European Car of the Year 2016

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.

By 1 March 2016 15 Comments Read More →