‘Tis the season to be jolly, and all that – and, in the spirit of peace and goodwill to everyone, I thought I’d extend season’s greetings to all of AROnline‘s faithful readers. It’s been an interesting year in the car industry, the classic car world and on this very site, and we’ve been here to continue documenting the past, present and future of the British motor industry.
In reality, and despite the uncertainty that Brexit’s brought us, the British car industry looks in great health. Jaguar Land Rover and MINI are pumping cars out of their factories at record rates, while Honda, Nissan and Toyota are still very much making hay at their UK factories, too.
Despite Vauxhall being cut loose from General Motors, it would seem that its new master, PSA Group, seems very keen to keep open its UK factories, and make sure that the UK’s second biggest brand – and the oldest still building cars here – will be given some much-needed love. Any doubts over the company’s future should be sidelined the first drive you take in a Grandland X. It’s not perfect, but it’s an excellent car, pitched at the heart of the new car market.
We’re going to be bigger and better in 2018
As for AROnline, we’re still very much alive and kicking. Despite the general pressure on enthusiast car websites from the likes of Facebook, as well as the SEO-savvy big online players, our unique mix of ‘narrow-and-deep’ coverage of the history of the British motor industry means there’s still a place – even if it’s getting harder to prise people from the all-enveloping monster that is Facebook.
The site underwent a massive transformation in 2017, and I’ve been slowly, carefully, maintaining the best stories on the site, making sure that the are regularly updated and stay relevant. There are so many gems buried in the 7000-plus pages of AROnline that I need to make sure that new people keep finding them, and experiencing the joy of discovery that I did all those years ago when I started on this online adventure.
I still have a huge archive of original strategy documents, product development papers, and press kits that need summarising and digitising – and, now that technology has made this process quicker and the website makes it easier to host this information, this is front-of-mind for me in 2018. AROnline will still be the best place to come for the most detailed information about BMC>MGR…
And on a personal note, have a great Christmas and New Year break, and see you on the other side…