In production

History : Rover 75 moves from Cowley to Longbridge

Following BMW’s disposal of the Rover Group in 2000, production of the then-new 75 needed moving from Cowley to Longbridge. Here’s the amazing story of how it happened, as recounted by Ian Elliott back in 2000, and produced for the then fledgling MG Rover PR Department. It makes fascinating reading to this day, and shows just how seemingly insurmountable logistical mountains can be climbed. […]

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Jaguar in the 1990s

History : Jaguar in the 1990s – Part Four

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian, turns his attention to Jaguar – and looks at its fall and rise in the 1990s, an era when the German manufacturers were beginning to take over the world. Here, in Part Four, he recalls the introduction of the X300-generation XJ6, and how it previewed the next generation of saloons to emerge from the company. […]

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Jaguar in the 1990s

History : Jaguar in the 1990s – Part Three

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian, turns his attention to Jaguar – and looks at its fall and rise in the 1990s, an era when the German manufacturers were beginning to take over the world.

Here, in Part Three, he recalls how Ford begins to put right the quality woes in the existing range. […]

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AROnline Blogs

Blog : A milestone motor – and a tree

If you’re still coming to terms over MG Motor UK’s admission that it’s no longer going to carry out some final assembly here, then I’ve got a heart-warming story for you. With post-Brexit fears larger than ever, I’ve been eagerly waiting to write this little blog for a few days now. […]

Jaguar in the 1990s

History : Jaguar in the 1990s – Part Two

Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian, turns his attention to Jaguar – and looks at its fall and rise in the 1990s, an era when the German manufacturers were beginning to take over the world. This time, what Ford did when it was given the keys to Browns Lane… […]

Concepts and prototypes

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Following the inability of the XJ-S to convincingly replace the Jaguar E-type, there was an internal pressure from the the design and engineering teams to produce a genuine and traditionally styled replacement for the car. It was to be a Jaguar, which would wear the F-type moniker with conviction. Updated with new images. […]

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AROnline Blogs

Blog : It was 20 years ago today

Twenty years ago – on 1 October 1996 – BMW through its British subsidiary the Rover Group made a significant announcement. The Mini Mk7 MPi was announced at the Paris Motor Show, the final incarnation of the Issigonis car. […]

Essays

Essay : The 1980s and ’90s at Land Rover

Former engineer Nigel Garton recalls his time spent working at Land Rover – a time of great change, and development for the company. The years of 1982-1994 were turbulent years at Land Rover, and ultimately saw the company grow massively. Here’s the view of a man in the engineering department… […]