english car brands

english car brands

English Car Brands

Famous British car brands roll off the tongue almost as easily as famous British bands or authors, but in reality it’s been decades since any of these brands wasn’t owned by one of the global automotive giants. However, dany of the cars retain their British identity and make use of the wealth of design and manufacturing expertise that still thrives in the UK. Here we look at ten ‘British’ brands and who actually owns them.
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English Car Brands

The JD Power Vehicle Dependability Survey gives as strong a clue as any as to how reliable a car might be. The results of the 2016 survey, which asked 13,000 car owners about any problems they’d experienced with their vehicles, focused on cars registered between 2013 and 2015.  There are some surprise movers in 2016’s survey with luxury car manufacturers not doing so well, but more mainstream brands heading the pack. New 2017 JD Power Vehicle Dependability data will be available soon, but for now this is the most up-to-date information we have. Here’s how the top 20 shaped up. 
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English Car Brands

Main British car manufacturers include Jaguar, Land Rover, Bentley, McLaren and Aston Martin. History of car manufacturers in UK goes back to the 18th century when it all started & then started growing significantly in the 19th century. See this list of all british car brands names and their logos.
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English Car Brands

British cars are an integral part of the European automotive industry. Mostly known for luxurious models, they remain nonetheless popular for their design, quality and overall performance. The list of British car brands include Jaguar, Mini, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Land Rover and Bentley. One of the largest mass-produced car manufacturer remains Vauxhall. McLaren is most famous for the sports vehicles it has been producing for decades.
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English Car Brands

The British car market grew by 5.1% during the first quarter of 2016. Ford and the Fiesta were the top-selling car brand and model. Although Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen remained the strongest carmakers in the UK, most of the gains accrued to smaller marques. March 2016 set new records for car sales in Britain with more than half a million cars sold for only the third time in British automobile history.
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English Car Brands

There are some surprise movers in 2016’s survey with luxury car manufacturers not doing so well, but more mainstream brands heading the pack. New 2017 JD Power Vehicle Dependability data will be available soon, but for now this is the most up-to-date information we have.
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English Car Brands

The JD Power Vehicle Dependability Survey gives as strong a clue as any as to how reliable a car might be. The results of the 2016 survey, which asked 13,000 car owners about any problems they’d experienced with their vehicles, focused on cars registered between 2013 and 2015. 
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English Car Brands

March is traditionally the most important month for new car registrations in the UK. In March 2016, a new record 518,707 cars were registered in Britain for the first time. This was the highest monthly figure since the current registration system was introduced in 1999 and only the third month ever for British car sales to have been more than half a million cars in a single month.
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Caterham is already a very retro company building cars based on the original Lotus 7 from 1957, but with current-generation powertrains and underpinnings. However, to mark the original car’s 60th anniversary, Caterham has launched the Seven Sprint, which is as close as the company can get to offering a car from 1957 in 2017.
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There were only minor changes in the composition and rank order of the ten most-popular car models in Britain during the first quarter of 2016. The British seemed to have fixed habits in car selection, however, with the exception of the VW Polo and Vauxhall Mokka, all other top-ten models had weaker sales than a year ago.
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Land Rover was purchased by Tata as part of the same deal to buy Jaguar from Ford in 2008, the total value, along with several other brands was £1.7billion.
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As a result, the three German “premium” but clearly not exclusive brands Audi, Mercedes Benz and BMW each moved up one rank position. Audi sales were in line with the broader market while Mercedes Benz and BMW were sharply up for more than half a percentage point market share gain. Mercedes Benz narrowed the gap to Audi from 4,600 cars a year ago to only 141 cars this year.
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Nonetheless, more and more high-class vehicle lovers worldwide indulge in the pleasure of buying a Bentley, notably known for its lush and spacious interiors. The Mulsanne luxury sedan was chosen as the “best luxury car of the year” in 2013 by the public in Great Britain.
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Far from being an encumbrance, McLaren has thrived, first in the realm of Formula 1 and other racing series, and more recently with road cars including the groundbreaking McLaren F1, launched in 1992. That car, now worth millions to collectors, eventually spawned the new McLaren MP4-12C almost 20 years later in 2011, for which McLaren Automotive was established.
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AC Cars, formerly known as ‘Auto Carries’, is the oldest British car manufacturer. It has been manufacturing vehicles for more than 110 years and still continues to create impressive rides that will simply blow away your mind. For now, the company hasn’t been manufacturing any vehicles, but after signing an agreement of a joint venture with the US, it might be possible that a new model might be released this year.
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Keeping up the pace and its promise to produce a new car or derivative every year, the marque debuted its new, lower-priced Sports Series range in the form of the McLaren 570S and 540C in 2015, rounded out most recently with their first grand tourer, the gorgeous 570GT, which will help establish them in the luxury world, once and for all. Sales may increase, but McLaren’s “Britishness” and independence will not change.
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Caterham Cars is an auto production company that specializes mainly in producing the most lightweight sports vehicles. The company was founded in 1963, originally launched in 1973 and introduced its first vehicle in 1974, named the Caterham 7, which is regarded as one of the most iconic sports car of the 20th century. Apart from sports cars, the company manufactures normal road vehicles, the most popular being the Caterham 21.
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The Lotus brand of sports and racing cars was purchased by General Motors in 1986, following years of financial trouble. After passing through the hands of Italian businessman Romano Artioli, it was bought by Malaysian car company Proton in 1996.
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Likewise, Morgan’s current range of four-wheel models has changed little stylistically since the 1950s. But the company’s first vehicles had three, not four wheels and used motorcycle engines for propulsion. Since 2012 the company has been offering these incredibly fun cars for sale again, complete with the V-Twin engine hanging off the front bumper. They offer no roof, no doors and very little in the way of creature comforts. However, at £30,000 (RM166,800) the Morgan Three-Wheeler is currently the cheapest completely bespoke, hand-built car on sale today.
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The figure is up 10.3 per cent on the same period last year, after which manufacturers in the UK went on to build a whopping 1,587,667 cars in 2015. At the current rate, one new car rolls off the production line somewhere in the UK every 16 seconds.
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Another not-quite-British car for the list. But Honda’s Swindon plant cranks out a lot of Civics, with plenty of crazy, 306bhp Type-Rs among them.
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It only has one seat, and it costs over £100,000. Yet the Cheshire-born sports car is easy to recommend: there are few more focused track specialists out there.
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Britain’s latest sports car maker has immediately impressed with the fun, funky little E10. With more models planned, Zenos is definitely one to watch.
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This morning, the United Kingdom woke up to the news that it had built a total of 443,581 cars between the start of January and the end of March this year, it’s strongest opening quarter in terms of production since 2004. The figure is up 10.3 per cent on the same period last year, after which manufacturers in the UK went on to build a whopping 1,587,667 cars in 2015. At the current rate, one new car rolls off the production line somewhere in the UK every 16 seconds. If the trend continues, Britain could soon surpass its personal best of 1.9 million units, set all the way back in 1972. The stats have been put together by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). According to chief exec Mike Hawes, the boost in manufacturing shows there is a big international demand for British-made motors. “Much will depend on economic and political conditions in key markets,” he explained. “But with several brand new global models starting production here in the first quarter alone, the prospects for future growth look bright.” Of the 443,581 cars made in the first three months of 2016, roughly three quarters of them were exported abroad, an 11.1 per cent increase on last year. And of all the manufacturers based in the UK, the most prolific were Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Honda and Toyota. It’s a timely reminder that not only does Britain make some cracking cars, but it also manages to build them in huge quantities as well. Having once struggled for hours on end to build a single Caterham 160 in the office, TG understands just how difficult mass production can be. With that in mind, we’ve spent several minutes thinking up the following list of great motors made in the UK. Get clicking through 20 of our favourites, each from a different carmaker. And tell us your favourites below…

Published on Jun 5, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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