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Advert of the Week: The new Morris Ital

Advert of the Week: The new Morris Ital

When the Morris Ital roared onto our screens at its June 1980 launch, BL put out this terrific advert to celebrate the fact. OK, so we now know that it was little more than a warmed-over Marina, powered by the upcoming Metro’s A-Plus engine, and styled by Harris Mann, but with the Ital Design connection in its production engineering was so exciting from a marketing sense, that the marketing department leaped on it with relish…

By 3 September 2016 21 Comments Read More →
Advert of the Week : The new fuel-injected Cavaliers

Advert of the Week : The new fuel-injected Cavaliers

Keith Adams It’s hard not to love the message being pushed by GM’s genius marketing team in 1985. From its launch in 1981, the brilliant Vauxhall Cavalier MkII was stealing sales left, right and centre from Austin Rover and Ford, offering up a package that reps and middle managers really wanted. This advert makes it clear, in […]

Video : The closure of the Speke factory

Video : The closure of the Speke factory

Keith Adams The closure of the Speke factory in 1978 made national news. It was a make or break situation for BL, as it was an unproductive factory, suffering from terrible quality problems – and building the Triumph TR7, which, as we all know, was underdeveloped at launch. The outcome was inevitable, given that the company […]

Advert of the week : British Leyland

Advert of the week : British Leyland

Keith Adams Don’t let it be said that national stereotyping is a predominantly British pass time. This European effort (shown in Germany as well as, possibly, Austria and Switzerland) advertising the BL range in 1979 (why it’s still under the ‘Leyland’ banner is anyone’s guess) is a charming sideways swipe at the individuals that make up […]

Advert of the Week : Rover 800

Advert of the Week : Rover 800

Turn up your Sony Trinitron, un-pause your Ferguson Videostar and enjoy this prime slice of 1980s nostalgia. 10 July 1986 was the launch date of the Rover 800 and, as you can see from this advert, its high-tech demeanor must have looked like something else, compared with the olde worlde charm of the outgoing Rover SD1. Mind […]

By 11 July 2016 15 Comments Read More →
Video : MG GS advert goes on air

Video : MG GS advert goes on air

The marketing push for the MG GS begins in earnest now, with a new TV advert being aired across the UK. The MG Motor UK team is selling this as a trio of adverts, but, hey, we’d like to see more to come – like the Gold Blend couple or the Bisto family, perhaps. The company says the advert will be […]

By 27 June 2016 92 Comments Read More →
Video : Unmistakeably German

Video : Unmistakeably German

Keith Adams With the news that Citroën is pulling the C5 out of the UK market following slow sales, we thought it the perfect opportunity to remind you of what the company was trying to achieve at the car’s launch back in 2008. The C5 MkII was introduced to fight at the heart of the middle […]

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 9 Comments Read More →
Video : Handbuilt by Roberts…

Video : Handbuilt by Roberts…

Fiat launched the Strada with one of the most memorable car adverts ever made. It shows the the company’s brand new car being built using its state of the art robots, to the sound of Figaro’s Aria from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and presents the car as cute, cutting edge and just damned desirable. The advert was directed […]

Video : Rover – The Long Goodbye

Video : Rover – The Long Goodbye

Keith Adams Back in 2005, a number of great documentaries lamenting the end of MG Rover appeared on TV. I rather liked this one, which featured on BBC4, and a highlight of which is the laconic voiceover by the wonderful Geoffrey Palmer – that might be because it was nicely produced, featured all the right […]

Advert of the Week : Rover 800 Vitesse

Advert of the Week : Rover 800 Vitesse

Keith Adams Back in the late-1980s, Rover was trying very hard to make its products more aspirational – and, it has to be said that, for a brief period of time, anyway, the company was extremely successful at doing just this. In that spirit, this wonderful TV advert depicting the Rover 800 Vitesse in the […]

Video : Citroen SM, the unlikely rally winner

Video : Citroen SM, the unlikely rally winner

I’ll admit that I have a lifelong obsession with the Citroen SM. Probably unhealthily so, because sometimes I find myself wanting one so much I want to cry. As a young boy growing up in the 1970s, surrounded by the mundanity of Ford Cortinas, Morris Marinas and Vauxhall Vivas, the Citroen SM was a genuine […]

Video : Jaguar F-Pace breaks Guinness World Record

Video : Jaguar F-Pace breaks Guinness World Record

To celebrate the impending launch of the F-Pace at the Frankfurt motor show, the company decided to lay on a gravity-defying loop-the-loop run, which was officially accepted into the Guinness Book of World Records.

By 14 September 2015 6 Comments Read More →
Advert of the Week : Rover SD1

Advert of the Week : Rover SD1

In 1976, the Rover SD1 was the pride of the British car industry. It was great to look at, excellent value, and stacked up well against all comers. It proved so good that it convinced the panel of the European car of the year to vote it their favourite car – awarding it the prize against strong opposition such as the Ford Fiesta.

By 2 September 2015 42 Comments Read More →
Advert of the Week : Move over to Austin Rover

Advert of the Week : Move over to Austin Rover

Keith Adams Move over to Austin Rover Austin Rover had a fair bit of new metal to crow about back in 1982. The post-launch euphoria of the Metro had yet to die off and ‘Move over to Austin Rover’ seemed like a good way of promoting the newly-introduced follow-on models. The actor, and former Cowley Apprentice, […]

Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

We all like to browse and reminisce during our tea breaks, and what better than to enjoy the massive back catalogues of online videos on the internet. Mike Humble kicks of this new feature by going back to 1984 shortly after the launch of the Montego with this corporate film that shows the salesman how to get the […]

Video: Everything we do is driven by you

Video: Everything we do is driven by you

As much as it’s good to celebrate all that’s good in the world of cars, it’s nice to share some of the cringeworthy moments, too. Back in 1993, Ford dominated the UK sales charts, and commanded something like 30% of the market, and depended heavily on fleet orders. But the product range was, frankly, dire, […]

By 22 February 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Video: Innocenti Regent advert

Video: Innocenti Regent advert

If anyone thinks that the UK launch advert for the Austin Allegro depicting ex-EastEnders actor Bill Treacher monstering a 1750SS around a gravel pit is hair-raising, they are going to absolutely love this one. Advertising for the new Innocenti Regent – the car it was subsequently found the Italians didn’t want – was equally just […]

By 17 January 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Video : BL – The Quality Connection

Video : BL – The Quality Connection

Keith Adams Back in the mid-1970s, British Leyland’s humiliating and very public fall from grace was all-but complete. The corporation may have been created on a tidal wave of optimism in 1968, but by 1974 that had been replaced by the reality of falling sales, a huge drop-off in exports, low workforce morale, high levels […]

Video : Ford Escort Mk2 promotional film

Video : Ford Escort Mk2 promotional film

Keith Adams Britain loved the Ford Escort Mk2. It was consistently the second best selling car in the UK (behind the Cortina) for its entire five-year production run. It was cheap, simple to service, there was a dealer on every corner, and generally they were good to drive – even the basic 1.1-litre Popular models. […]

By 28 September 2013 31 Comments Read More →