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News : Countdown commences for MG GS unveiling

News : Countdown commences for MG GS unveiling

MG MOTOR UK 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 […]

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 […]

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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.

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News Analysis : Making the business case for a new UK-built MG sports car…

News Analysis : Making the business case for a new UK-built MG sports car…

Clive Goldthorp Could Vauxhall’s GT Concept point the way to a new MG sports car? We can dream… Ask diehard MG enthusiasts which new model they would most like to see SAIC Motor launch and the vast majority will probably say a two-seater sports car. AROnline has discussed ‘the sports car question’ with both Guy Jones, the then […]

News Analysis : MG GS – why the price has to be right…

News Analysis : MG GS – why the price has to be right…

Clive Goldthorp MG Motor UK has not, as yet, issued any official photographs of the UK-specification MG GS – this is a Chinese market model MG Motor UK has recently announced that the marque’s first-ever SUV, the MG GS, will be launched here in June. The new model, which is reportedly the first of three […]

News : Final Land Rover Defender rolls of the line

News : Final Land Rover Defender rolls of the line

More than 700 current and former Solihull employees involved in the production of Series Land Rovers and Defenders were there to see the last Land Rover – a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top – roll off the line. It’s the end of an impressive run of 68 years continuous production of cars with a direct DNA link to the original 1948 […]

News : Spectre Aston Martin DB10 goes to auction

News : Spectre Aston Martin DB10 goes to auction

The Aston Martin DB10 – the first car created exclusively for James Bond by Aston Martin – is to go under the hammer at a Christie’s auction in London on 18 February with proceeds donated to Médecins Sans Frontières. ‘Spectre – The Auction’ celebrates the release of the twenty-fourth Bond film on DVD with 24 special auction lots […]

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News : Maestro & Montego Club kicks off 2016 with expansion plans and a joy ride

News : Maestro & Montego Club kicks off 2016 with expansion plans and a joy ride

The Maestro and Montego Owners Club (MMOC) held recently held its AGM at MINI Plant Oxford which resulted in a new committee being elected with Tanya Field stepping up to the position of Chairperson and Mike Humble taking on responsibility for the Club’s social media activity. The Club has somewhat struggled with social media recently and […]

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News : New Triumph SD2 image emerges on Motorgraphs

News : New Triumph SD2 image emerges on Motorgraphs

We have become quite used to the rather ungainly styling of the Triumph SD2 prototype as it emerged from the catacombs of the Specialist Division between 1972 and ’75. So, this image, which has just been published on Motorgraphs has us scratching our heads a little. You can read the full story here, and learn why it was replaced by the TM1 programme briefly before being passed over by the rather more sensible Maestro and Montego brothers.

News : Strong JLR, MINI and McLaren sales in 2015

News : Strong JLR, MINI and McLaren sales in 2015

It’s been a great 2015 in sales and production for British carmakers. In a week that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced record UK car sales figures, Jaguar Land Rover, MINI and McLaren all confirmed they had ended 2015 with significant sales growth.

News : MINI wins Sunday Times award

News : MINI wins Sunday Times award

The MINI Hatch has been named Best Supermini in The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars of 2016. Fending off stiff competition in its category, the MINI Hatch was commended by The Sunday Times judges for its hi-tech engines coupled with its refined ride, road noise and comfort.  MINI Hatch’s build quality was also praised, with the judges […]

News : Freelander 1 becomes latest Land Rover heritage vehicle

News : Freelander 1 becomes latest Land Rover heritage vehicle

Produced between 1997 and 2006, the first-generation Land Rover Freelander remains one of the company’s best-selling models and is now officially a Land Rover Heritage vehicle. Land Rover Heritage specialises in cars, services, parts and experiences for classic Land Rover models and the Freelander 1 becomes the brand’s eighth Heritage model. The others are Series I, […]

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

Britain’s last commercially-operated fleet of Leyland Constructor tippers have been officially retired from front line duty at Tilbury ‘B’ Power Station in Essex. But wait, do we hear a curtain call of a different kind? Mike Humble shares an update… After 17 years of hard graft Tony Gothard’s Leyland’s next stop wont be the scrap dealer – they’re heading for […]

By 24 December 2015 5 Comments Read More →
News : Morgan Aero 8 now in production

News : Morgan Aero 8 now in production

The first production Morgan Aero 8 was completed last week, and to mark the occasion Steven Ward recalls his interview company bosses Steve Morris and Jonathan Wells at the Geneva motor show earlier this year.

By 22 December 2015 0 Comments Read More →