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News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham What must be one of the oldest surviving Rover 800 Fastbacks is set to go under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions’ summer sale later this month. Among the many more upmarket classics due to be sold at the ACA sale in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the Oyster Beige 820e base model could easily […]

News Analysis : Alfa Romeo and MG – two famous sporting marques fighting for their futures…

News Analysis : Alfa Romeo and MG – two famous sporting marques fighting for their futures…

Clive Goldthorp The third of Top Gear’s  “Ten Commandments for Proper Petrolheads” reads as follows: “Thou shalt own an Alfa Romeo.” Messrs. Clarkson, Hammond and May reckon that, “to be a bona fide petrolhead at some point you have to own, or have owned an Alfa Romeo.” Indeed, when Jeremy Clarkson reviewed the Alfa Romeo […]

Press Report : Jaguar Land Rover ‘is indeed looking’ at a North American plant, Tata says

Press Report : Jaguar Land Rover ‘is indeed looking’ at a North American plant, Tata says

Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News Europe Jaguar Land Rover is considering a North American auto plant to keep up with growing world demand for luxury vehicles. News of the possible expansion was confirmed by Tata Motors Chairman Emeritus, Ratan Tata, who led his Indian company’s 2008 acquisition of the British luxury marques from Ford Motor. “The […]

News : Jack Goff completes MG and Triple Eight Racing’s BTCC line-up for 2015

News : Jack Goff completes MG and Triple Eight Racing’s BTCC line-up for 2015

The reigning Constructor/Manufacturer Champions, Triple Eight Racing, have signed BRDC SuperStar Jack Goff on a one-year race deal to compete alongside 2013 Drivers’ Champion Andrew Jordan in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in a second works-supported MG6. The Briton, 23, made his series debut in 2013 after clinching the 2012 Clio Cup UK […]

News : MY16 Range Rover Evoque set to be most efficient ever Land Rover

News : MY16 Range Rover Evoque set to be most efficient ever Land Rover

Launched back in July 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has scored a major hit with customers and has become Land Rover’s best seller, with global sales totalling over 400,000 – that’s not surprising given that the model’s unique, if somewhat ‘Marmite’, styling turned the compact SUV market on its head at launch and helped the Evoque to garner over 165 international awards. That in turn has had […]

News Analysis : Updated – BMW and Toyota to co-develop a new MINI Minor and next-generation iQ?

News Analysis : Updated – BMW and Toyota to co-develop a new MINI Minor and next-generation iQ?

Clive Goldthorp The BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) already have a wide-ranging cooperation agreement which was signed back in January, 2013 and extends to the joint development of a fuel cell system, the joint development of architecture and components for a sports car, joint research and development of lightweight technologies and the development a […]

Press Report : JLR eyes foreign factory after UK pay row fallout

Press Report : JLR eyes foreign factory after UK pay row fallout

Jon Griffin, Birmingham Post Jaguar Land Rover is targeting potential new factories in Austria and Turkey as the fallout from acrimonious UK pay talks continues. The Midlands’ most successful manufacturer, which has created thousands of jobs in Solihull and Castle Bromwich in recent years, is said to be favouring Europe over North America and the […]

News : Rare SD1 Twin-Turbo unearthed

News : Rare SD1 Twin-Turbo unearthed

Craig Cheetham A TWIN-TURBO Rover SD1 V8, believed to be one of only two survivors, has been unearthed in Lancashire. Currently offered for sale via eBay by a classic car dealer in Bolton, the 34,000-mile from new car can be viewed here. It has spent the past 25 years in a private garage after the […]

News : Bond shows off new themes for future Jaguars and Land Rovers?

News : Bond shows off new themes for future Jaguars and Land Rovers?

The name’s Bond – James Bond. And I’ll be making sure the iconic Land Rover Defender goes out with a bang (oh, and what’s that Jag all about?)… Jaguar Land Rover has announced its line-up of vehicles set to feature in SPECTRE, the twenty-fourth James Bond movie. The cars will include the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport […]

Press Report : First locally-built Land Rover SUV goes on sale in China

Press Report : First locally-built Land Rover SUV goes on sale in China

Automotive News China The first Chinese-made Land Rover, the Evoque compact SUV, went on sale in China last Monday. The vehicle has a starting price of 448,200 yuan ($72,290), according to its manufacturer, Chery Jaguar Land Rover Co. Limited. The Evoque is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission. It […]

News : When is a Maestro not a Maestro?

News : When is a Maestro not a Maestro?

Craig Cheetham ANSWER: When it’s a Yema F16 SUV… Believe it or not, beneath the SUV-style exterior of this somewhat utilitarian-looking vehicle lurks the heart and soul of the Austin Maestro… The rights to the Maestro/Montego platform were passed to Yema in 2008 by FAW, which had been building a Montego-nosed Maestro van and various spin-off […]

News : Land Rover builds replica of 1948 Series 1 production line at Solihull

News : Land Rover builds replica of 1948 Series 1 production line at Solihull

Land Rover has re-created history by building an authentic replica of the production line used to manufacture its first 4×4 in 1948. The ‘Defender Celebration Line’ re-creates in detail how the first Series I Land Rover was built at the Solihull manufacturing plant just after the Second World War. The new visitor attraction, which opened […]

Press Report : SAIC Motor receives order for 1,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids

Press Report : SAIC Motor receives order for 1,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids

Automotive New China SAIC Motor (SAIC) received an order for 1,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids last week from a Shanghai supplier of battery charging equipment that plans to start a car-rental business. The company says it will fill the order with Roewe E50 small electric cars and Roewe 550 compact plug-in hybrid sedans. The buyer, […]

News : MGLive! to mark 60th Anniversary of BMC Competitions Department

News : MGLive! to mark 60th Anniversary of BMC Competitions Department

BMC’s legendary motorsport division will be the central theme of this year’s MG Car Club-run MGLive! 2015 gathering, which takes place at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, on the weekend of 20-21 June. The BMC/BL Competitions, or ‘Comps’ Department was formed in 1955 and had its headquarters alongside the MG factory works in Abingdon. The ‘Comps’ Department’s brief was […]

News : Updated – More images of new MG GS SUV released in China

News : Updated – More images of new MG GS SUV released in China

Clive Goldthorp A number of first official images of MG’s new C-segment SUV were released by SAIC Motor in China last month (shown above and below). The production version of the CS SUV Concept, which was originally unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2013, is scheduled to be launched at Auto Shanghai in April, 2015 and will reach Chinese […]

News : Ex-Police SD1 makes almost £10k at auction…

News : Ex-Police SD1 makes almost £10k at auction…

Craig Cheetham A rare Rover SD1 specially commissioned by Grampian Police has returned home after selling at auction for £9,750 – a figure which is believed to be a world record for a roadgoing variant of the model. The 190bhp SD1 pursuit car was bought new by the force in 1985 and, unlike many Police SD1s, […]

Events : InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2015

Events : InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2015

Just like last year, AROnline starts the new classic car show season early with a visit to Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. The celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Jaguar name was the theme for one of the two central exhibitions and made the visit even more interesting for those with some British fuel in […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 sales figures

News : Jaguar Land Rover’s 2014 sales figures

Jaguar Land Rover has reported sales of 462,678 vehicles in 2014, up 9% year-on year. Commenting on the full year performance Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director, said:  “Jaguar Land Rover has once again outperformed prior year performance, with retails up across all of our key regions.” He also suggested that, with […]

News : Jaguar’s new SUV teaser…

News : Jaguar’s new SUV teaser…

The first teaser images of Jaguar’s new SUV have been revealed, along with an announcement that the new model will create 1,300 jobs at the existing Land Rover plant in Solihull, where it and the new XE saloon will be produced. The new Jaguar, which the brand refers to as a ‘performance crossover,’ will be badged as the Jaguar F-Pace.  […]

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News : Last of the line Defenders – which flavour are you?

News : Last of the line Defenders – which flavour are you?

Craig Cheetham A trio of special edition Land Rover Defenders has been unveiled, to mark the end of production for the iconic model later on this year. Badged Autobiography, Adventure and Heritage, the three models each looks at the Defender from a different angle. You’ll need to dig deep if you want to get behind the […]

News : MINI celebrates record UK sales in 2014

News : MINI celebrates record UK sales in 2014

MINI recorded record sales in the UK in 2014. In total, 53,661 MINI models found homes with UK buyers last year – 1,728 (3.3 per cent) more than the previous record set in 2013. MINI’s market share in the UK was 2.17 per cent, making it the biggest market for the brand in the world […]