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People : George Turnbull

People : George Turnbull

George Turnbull was instrumental in the British Leyland story following its formation in 1968. Keith Adams He who would be king… IF ever a man was born into the motor industry, George Turnbull was: his father was the manager of the Standard Motor Company’s service and spare parts organization, worldwide. Turnbull Senior was also supervisor […]

Archive : 40 years ago – Ryder Report submitted for Government approval

Archive : 40 years ago – Ryder Report submitted for Government approval

On 26 April 1977, the Ryder Report was submitted for government approval. In it, were detailed breakdowns of what funding British Leyland would need, both to survive in the short term, and then deliver in the more distant future.

The cars : Austin Allegro development history

The cars : Austin Allegro development history

What’s left to be said about the Allegro – it never met sales predictions, earned a terrible reputation in the press and with buyers, and its fame far exceeded its influence in the automotive industry. British Leyland threw everything into making it a success, and yet failed dismally… Goodbye market share WHAT is so very […]

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Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Now widely seen as a joke car by the general public, who misunderstood the market it was aimed at, the Morris Marina sold well in comparison with its British Leyland stablemates. How successful was it, though, and how did it match up to expectations and its main competition? Ian Nicholls reveals all. The car that could be king […]

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History : British Leyland, the grand illusion – Part Four

History : British Leyland, the grand illusion – Part Four

PART FOUR : MELTDOWN British Leyland’s self-destruction continued into 1977. At first the main trouble stemmed from the Castle Bromwich body plant, which had a dire productivity record. A strike there soon crippled production at Leyland Cars.

Essay : Overture to the Allegro

Essay : Overture to the Allegro

On the eve of its 40th birthday, Ian Nicholls digs into the archives to discuss the Austin Allegro from the perspectives of British Leyland’s movers and shakers at the time Britain in May 1973 was a different country to what it is now. This was a world where the most desirable consumer item was a […]

History : The complete BMH story – Part Three

History : The complete BMH story – Part Three

PART THREE : 1968 – THE MERGER In January 1968 production of the Mini at Cowley ceased so from then on all UK production was centred on Longbridge. Part of the rationale behind this was to free production capacity for the ADO14 BMC 1500 saloon. However, the ADO14 was delayed and launched in 1969 as the Austin Maxi. […]

History : The complete BMH story – Part Four

History : The complete BMH story – Part Four

PART FOUR : THE AFTERMATH The new Triumph-led Austin Morris management had decided to close the styling studio at Pressed Steel Fisher in Cowley and move all styling activity to Longbridge. However, Senior Styling Director Roy Haynes decided he would not be making the move and resigned in February 1969 only 16 months after being wooed there from […]

Blog : 20 years on, let’s remember George Turnbull

Blog : 20 years on, let’s remember George Turnbull

Keith Adams More cruelty at the hands of the passage of time, I’m afraid. Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of George Turnbull, who without doubt, was one of the UK’s most successful motor industry executives. Okay, so his greatest achievements weren’t actually made in the UK, but his career within ‘the […]

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The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Three – British Leyland, turbulent times

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Three – British Leyland, turbulent times

The creation of the British Leyland Motor Corporation, in 1968 may have been a long time coming, maybe it is also easy to describe it as an answer to a question that no one had yet posed, but there is a kind of convoluted logic as to why it happened. As we have seen, BMC […]

Obituary: Sir George Turnbull

Obituary: Sir George Turnbull

JONATHAN WOOD George Henry Turnbull, motor industry executive, born 17 October 1926, General Manager Standard Motors 1959-62, Deputy Managing Director British Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd 1968-73, Managing Director 1973, Vice-President Hyundai Motor Motors 1974-77, Managing Director Iran National Motor Corporation 1977-78, Chairman Talbot UK 1979-84, Group Managing Director Inchcape plc 1984-86, Chairman and Chief Executive […]

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Archive : Talbot chief for Inchcape

Archive : Talbot chief for Inchcape

Talbot chief for Inchcape By Clifford Webb and Philip Robinson Mr George Turnbull, the chairman and managing director of Talbot Motors UK, is to be the new managing director of the Inchape Group. The amnouncement coincides with news of Talbot’s first annual profit for 10 years. Mr Turnbull, aged 57, the key figure in boardroom […]

Archive : The Times lists car industry executives as candidates for posts with British Leyland

Archive : The Times lists car industry executives as candidates for posts with British Leyland

They were Bill Haden of Ford and later boss of Jaguar Bill Davis, ex-BMC, then head of BLMC corporate manufacturing David Andrews, head of Austin Morris power and transmissions division Derek Whittaker, MD of Austin Morris body and assembly Geoffrey Robinson, then boss of Jaguar And George Turnbull whom they phoned in South Korea. Turnbull […]

Archive : Treble pay lure for key UK car men in S Korea

Archive : Treble pay lure for key UK car men in S Korea

By Clifford Webb Senior motor industry engineers are being offered tax free salaries up to three times their present earnings to join Mr George Turnbull, the former managing director of British Leyland, who leaves for South Korea next month to establish that country’s first motor industry. During the next two weeks full-page advertisements will appear […]

Archive : George Turnbull resigns

Archive : George Turnbull resigns

GEORGE TURNBULL RESIGNS Resignation of Mr Turnbull from BLMC prompts major reshuffle By Christopher Wilkins. Mr George Turnbull has resigned as managing director of British Leyland “by mutual consent”, prompting a major reorganization of top positions within the corporation. His resignation comes. only a week after that of Mr Filmer Paradise, the colourful director of […]

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Archive : Exit villain of the piecework

Archive : Exit villain of the piecework

Clifford Webb looks at the background to the new pay deal for British Leyland’s Longbridge workers. Unlike some motor industry leaders Mr George Turnbull, the 46-year-old deputy managing director of British Leyland, is not given to making headline comments. Indeed, in the four years that he has headed the group’s Austin Morris volume car division […]

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Archive : Promotions among top BLMC echelons

Archive : Promotions among top BLMC echelons

By Clifford Webb Midland Industrial Correspondent British Leyland’s recent management reorganization gathered pace yesterday. A number of new appointments will enable Mr George Turnbull, managing director of the Austin-Morris car division, to devote more time to corporate matters. He is now considered by many to be the leading contender for the post of chief executive […]

Archive : Austin-Morris chief will have wider BLMC duties

Archive : Austin-Morris chief will have wider BLMC duties

By Clifford Webb Mr George Turnbull, 45, one of the two deputy managing directors of British Leyland and head of its key Austin-Morris division, has also been appointed chairman of the truck and bus division. He now has direct responsibility for some three quarters of British Leyland’s manufacturing capacity and must be seen as the […]

Archive : Two deputy chairmen named for BLMC

Archive : Two deputy chairmen named for BLMC

By Roy Farndon Sir George Farmer and Mr Jack Plane are the two new deputy chairmen of British Leyland Motor Corporation. These appointments follow the retirement earlier this year of Sir William Lyons and Mr Lewis Whyte. Sir George, who is 64 tomorrow, has been chairman of Rover since 1963 and a director of British […]

Archive : Morris Marina is launched!

Archive : Morris Marina is launched!

This day in history – from the daily news archives. Clifford Webb on British Leyland’s break with unconventional engineering and why they did it. Hard pressed British Leyland, the only surviving British owned motor group, today launches its long awaited new Morris Marina aimed directly at the important fleet market. British Leyland, with its past […]

Archive : 1000 days hard

Archive : 1000 days hard

MOTOR magazine What have Austin Morris been doing since the formation of British Leyland in May 1968? Will Austin and Morris diverge? How good is the new ADO28? What will happen to the 1100/1300 range? George Turnbull, deputy managing director of British Leyland and managing director of Austin Morris, talks frankly to Harold Hastings. Until […]

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Archive : Austin Maxi in a revised and improved version

Archive : Austin Maxi in a revised and improved version

By Julian Mounter Motoring Correspondent A completely revised and greatly improved Austin Maxi is announced by British Leyland today. Quieter, with a smoother and more positive gear change and modernized interior layout it is offered with a choice of 1500c.c. or 1750c.c. engines. The Maxi was heavily criticized after its launch in April last year. […]

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Archive : New structure at BLMC: divisions cut back to five

Archive : New structure at BLMC: divisions cut back to five

By CLIFFORD WEBB British Leyland yesterday announced a major re-organisation to speed up integration of the motor empire created over two years ago by the merging of Leyland and British Motor Holdings. Seven operating divisions are immediately cut to five. The most significant move is the amalgamation of Austin-Morris, the corporation’s volume car division, with […]