AROnline News

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 GS caught testing in the UK

News : MG GS caught testing in the UK

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.

First drive : Jaguar XE 2.0d SE

First drive : Jaguar XE 2.0d SE

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.

News : Land Rover shows its wares at Goodwood

News : Land Rover shows its wares at Goodwood

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.

News : Jaguar Land Rover expands into Europe

News : Jaguar Land Rover expands into Europe

Jaguar Land Rover’s continued expansion – towards hoped-for world dominance – has taken a step forward with the announcement that it would like to build a new factory in Slovakia.

News : Two Montegos requiring a Swift sale

News : Two Montegos requiring a Swift sale

In the past couple of weeks that’s seen the website get back to grassroots once more, Mike’s Montego seems to have struck a chord with the fans. Some more Montegos are now up for grabs… both of them have a rather special owner too. Mike Humble tells all… Russ told us he bought them purely out of a nostalgic […]

News : George Cole (1925-2015)

News : George Cole (1925-2015)

Actor George Cole, who will be forever remembered for playing Arthur Daley in ITV’s Minder, from 1979 to ’94, has died, aged 90 following a short illness. Although Cole and Daley became almost indivisible in the eyes of his adoring fans, this was very much an Indian Summer in his acting career, which spanned generations.

News : ‘As New’ Metro Vanden Plas 500 unearthed

News : ‘As New’ Metro Vanden Plas 500 unearthed

One of the rarest of all Austin Metro variants is set to go under the hammer next month as part of Chris Evans’ CarFest event – and it’s almost as new. The 1983 Vanden Plas 500 has just 741 miles on the clock and will be offered with no reserve. Formerly part of the renowned Patrick Collection housed in Birmingham, […]

News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

The more things change, the more they stay the same – and so it is with AROnline. One of the great things about this site is the sheer number of diehard enthusiasts there are that follow it – and perhaps the biggest diehard of the lot is the site’s founder, Mr Keith Adams. As far as BL-ARG […]

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

MG Motor UK: Earlier this year MG Motor UK announced it would be opening its flagship showroom in the prestigious area of Piccadilly, London. Today, members of the public and invited guests are gathering to celebrate the official opening of this exciting new store. This new showroom, part of MG’s major expansion of dealerships, is […]

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

The iconic Land Rover Defender may not go out of production in 2015 after all, following a huge upsurge in demand from customers wanting to own one of the very last examples.     According to a report in the Birmingham Post, production of the iconic 4×4, which was originally scheduled to cease at the […]

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

One of the first project cars ever undertaken by AROnline is available for sale The gold Rover 214 SLi, a very early example of the R8 on a G-plate, was first acquired by AROnline’s Features/Technical Editor/Car fixing guru, Mike Humble, back in 2010 and has been known to the site ever since. Its current owner, […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I know that […]

News : Maestro pick-up surfaces (or is it?)

News : Maestro pick-up surfaces (or is it?)

A Maestro pick-up has surfaced at a scrapyard in Bonnybrigg, Scotland, but is it a rare survivor of a known conversion, or simply a home-converted 700 van?     The truck, which is in very poor condition, is located at AllParts Auto Salvage in the Falkirk town and has already had several parts removed. While […]

Report : BMC and Leyland Show

Report : BMC and Leyland Show

Updated with more images Now in its third year the BMC and Leyland Show, held at the spiritual home of all things classic ‘firm’, Gaydon, proved to be an absolute barnstormer in 2015. With more than 800 vehicles making it to the show, and even with a brief, torrential downpour halfway through, the show was […]

News : SHADO unveils new Inspiration EV

News : SHADO unveils new Inspiration EV

Stephen Harper, the man behind the design of the MGF, Ford Escort Cosworth and MG GT, has overseen the development of a new battery powered city car designed for emerging markets. It’s a sharp-looking car with promised developments including induction charging, and the possibility of being made in various locations globally. The Design Consultancy SHADO […]

News : 2,000,000th ‘Utility’ Land Rover

News : 2,000,000th ‘Utility’ Land Rover

The two-millionth ‘utility’ Land Rover will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, after Land Rover reached the manufacturing milestone in the model’s final year of production. The one-off 90 commemorates 2,000,000 Land Rover Defender and Series models, produced at Lode Lane, Solihull, since 1948.     Unique touches include a map of Red Wharf […]

Events : BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon, plus Cowley and Longbridge Convoys

Events : BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon, plus Cowley and Longbridge Convoys

Not just one, but two convoys will converge on this year’s BMC and Leyland Show at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, thanks to the organisers of the traditional (and much-loved) Cowley Convoy. The convoys are open to owners of any BMC/BL/ARG or associated vehicle and will depart from either Cowley or Longbridge at […]

Video of the Week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

Video of the Week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

Mike Humble Well, this is a bit of a strange one, as I personally never saw this video at dealer level although my sources confirm it’s a genuine MGR production. However, if you want any more proof that MG Rover were scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, then this short and narration free video […]

News : Anglia Car Auctions sale preview

News : Anglia Car Auctions sale preview

Craig Cheetham Fans of low mileage 1970s, ’80s and ’90s classics seem to be spoilt for choice by Anglia Car Auctions of late, as the Kings Lynn sales house appears to have become the venue of choice for vendors of such cars. Among the many treats at this weekend’s sale are a Triumph TR7 with […]

News : 4000-mile Allegro hits the market

News : 4000-mile Allegro hits the market

Craig Cheetham A 1974 Austin Allegro Super with just 4111 miles on the clock has appeared for sale at an MG dealership in Northern Ireland. Offered for sale by SS Logan and Son Limted of Newtonabbey, Co. Antrim, the 1974 Series 1 Super is finished in period Blaze Orange, with black vinyl interior and the Allegro’s celebrated […]