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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 : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

News : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

Jaguar Land Rover has this week reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the West Midlands, with confirmation of a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing. The largest single investment has been made at the company’s Castle Bromwich Advanced Manufacturing Plant, where over £400m has been spent in new and […]

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: Simon Davies MG Motor UK and the now rebranded Triple Eight Racing’s original three-year British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) deal was crowned with victory in the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ Championship last season but the two partners lost little time in confirming that their successful relationship would continue into 2015. However, after an off-season during […]

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

Dan Powell, Honest John.co.uk Jaguar has unveiled the next-generation, MY16 XF ahead of its UK launch in the autumn. The new XF will be lighter, better equipped and more economical than the outgoing model, with Jaguar’s new range of Ingenium diesel engines returning up to 70mpg. The new XF takes a number of styling cues from the Jaguar XE, […]

News : MG Car Club rescues rare rally car

News : MG Car Club rescues rare rally car

The MG Car Club’s MGB Register has found and rescued a works-backed MGB that contested the 1968 London to Syndey Marathon. UMD 534F was not a works entry, though the car received significant support from the BMC Competitions Department and was driven by Jean Denton. Jean was well-known for her rallying exploits, spending three years […]

News : Facelifted MG6 to launch in UK in April

News : Facelifted MG6 to launch in UK in April

MG Motor UK has issued a teaser image (above) of the revised MG6, which will go on sale next month. The company claims that the new model offers major improvements in every area over the original version, which was launched in 2011. The updated MG6’s 1.9-litre DTi-TECH diesel engine has been developed to give lower CO2 output and improved […]

News : Free road tax for pre-1976 classics

News : Free road tax for pre-1976 classics

Craig Cheetham Classic cars made before 1976 will be exempt from UK road tax from next year, it was announced in today’s budget. Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that the classic tax break wasn’t a one off, which means the rolling exemption for historic vehicles will continue. That means if you own car that was built […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover begins construction of new UK Automotive Innovation Centre

News : Jaguar Land Rover begins construction of new UK Automotive Innovation Centre

Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group), Cyrus Mistry (Chairman of Tata Group) and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ralf Speth joined Professor Lord Bhattacharyya (Chairman and Founder of WMG) to unveil the foundation stone for the new National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick today. The ceremony marked the […]

News : Spotted – MG GS out testing

News : Spotted – MG GS out testing

Craig Cheetham Official pictures have already been revealed, and last week Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch was spotted filming a TV ad for it, but it appears that the new MG GS SUV is still undergoing disguised development testing in the UK. Spotted by eagle-eyed AROnline reader and renowned classic motoring journalist Richard Gunn, this black-and-white […]

News : AROnline’s new project car

News : AROnline’s new project car

Craig Cheetham AROnline has gone and bought a Maestro. Well, it is Friday the 13th after all… It all started with a random conversation. In one of those ‘small world’ scenarios, I happen to play for the same rugby team as the Chief Sub Editor at Practical Classics, Matt George. While it’s a distinct worry (to […]

News : London Taxi Company given go-ahead for new £150m plant

News : London Taxi Company given go-ahead for new £150m plant

Story: Coventry Telegraph Additions: Andrew Elphick Coventry’s London Taxi Company has been given permission to build a new plant at Ansty Park. Officials at Rugby Borough Council gave the go-ahead for a new £150million factory at a recent Planning Committee meeting. The application is for a state-of-the-art facility for research, development and assembly of high […]

News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

News : Maggie’s armoured battle bus is up for sale

Story: Business Insider Additions: Mike Humble Nick Mead, a collector of armoured vehicles in Helmdon, Northamptonshire, is selling former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s own armoured bus and has put it on the market for £25,000. Mrs Thatcher was used to British products in less than hostile conditions as she was often seen on the TV […]

News : XJ-S Cabrio mystery

News : XJ-S Cabrio mystery

Craig Cheetham Can anyone solve the mystery behind this XJ-S Cabriolet, brought to our attention by AROnline reader Martin Benham? The car has belonged to a friend of Martin’s for quite some time, and has been off the road since 2009. According to the DVLA Vehicle Enquiry website, it was first registered in May 1980 […]

Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Bentley previews future two-seater sports model

Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Bentley previews future two-seater sports model

John Slavin, Honest John.co.uk Bentley has revealed a two-seater concept sports model at the Geneva Motor Show today. The low-slung, muscular-looking model, called the EXP 10 Speed 6, is finished in British Racing Green and while it is a concept it’d be a surprise if it didn’t make production in some form or another. There […]

Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Aston Martin shows shock electric DBX Concept

Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Aston Martin shows shock electric DBX Concept

Mark Nichol, Honest John.co.uk Aston Martin has hit the Geneva Motor Show with an electric car that will prove one of the day’s biggest surprises: the DBX Concept. In Aston’s words, the concept “challenges the nature of luxury GT travel in the 21st Century,” and is the company’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive car. Revealing the […]

News Analysis : Geneva Update – BMW and Toyota to co-develop a new MINI Minor and Lexus-badged iQ successor?

News Analysis : Geneva Update – BMW and Toyota to co-develop a new MINI Minor and Lexus-badged iQ successor?

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 […]

News : Range Rover Evoque Convertible to go on sale in 2016

News : Range Rover Evoque Convertible to go on sale in 2016

Land Rover has confirmed that the world’s first premium compact SUV convertible will go on sale in 2016 by releasing a unique underground testing film. Forty metres below the streets of London, the first prototype of Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque Convertible was granted exclusive access to the 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels for […]

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 […]