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Vauxhall Motors started manufacturing cars in 1903. Over 100 years later, as one of Britain’s most familiar and loved automotive manufacturers, its philosophy remains the same: building vehicles that are relevant for all.

From the compact Corsa, through the award-winning Astra to the range-topping Insignia Grand Sport, Vauxhall Motors has a car for every need. The affordable VIVA and stylish ADAM make city driving a pleasure, while the Crossland, Mokka and Grandland ‘X’ SUVs mix practicality and ruggedness. The Cascada convertible offers open-top motoring for four, and the Zafira Tourer practicality for up to seven.

Complementing its car range, Vauxhall Motors is also the UK’s largest manufacturer of Light Commercial Vehicles, keeping businesses moving with a broad range comprising the small and efficient Combo, the British-built Vivaro and the capacious Movano.

With manufacturing plants at Ellesmere Port, home of the Astra, and Luton where the Vivaro is produced, Vauxhall Motors’ family of employees is responsible for maintaining the company’s position at the heart of British Motoring Culture.

On 1st August 2017, Vauxhall Motors and its sister company Opel became part of Groupe PSA.

BMW is an acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG - or, in English, Bavarian Motor Works. The German-based company is one of the world's most respected car manufacturers, renowned for crafting luxury cars and SUVs that offer superior levels of driving enjoyment.

Founded in Munich, the company began in the early 1910s as an aircraft manufacturer. BMW's current logo, designed to represent white propeller blades against a blue sky, reflects these origins; its blue-and-white colour scheme also references Bavaria's blue-and-white chequered flag.

It wasn't until 1928 that production began on the first BMW automobile, the Dixi. The car proved tremendously popular, and its success helped the manufacturer weather the difficult economic climate of the time. BMW's best-known pre-World War II vehicle was the Type 328 roadster, a supple two-seater that racked up more than 120 victories on the motorsport circuit between 1936 and 1940. Post war BMW cars maintained this tradition, with several racing, rallying and hill climb victories.

The early 1950s saw the launch of the BMW 501, a roomy, voluptuous saloon that was resplendent with all of the hopefulness of that era. It was soon followed by the 502, which was powered by the world's first light-alloy V8, foreshadowing BMW's on-going commitment to developing new technology. The best-selling BMW of that decade was the Isetta, a petite two-seat "micro-car" typically powered by a 12- or 13-horsepower engine. The mid-'50s also saw the debut of the limited production and breathtakingly beautiful 507 sports car, which had an alloy body and used the 502's V8 for propulsion. In the 1960s, BMW sales strengthened significantly, thanks in part to the immense popularity of the 1500, a sporty family saloon.

By the 1970s, BMW was establishing itself as a fully-fledged car company. It was a pioneer for many emerging technologies, including turbocharging and advanced vehicle electronics. The '70s also saw the birth of BMW's three-tier sport saloon range consisting of the compact 3 Series, midsize 5 Series and large 7 Series cars and the creation of its performance M division. Though the 3 Series could be had with four-cylinder power, it was the company's inline-6 engines that developed BMW's reputation for spirited, yet highly refined performance. At decade's end, the limited production, short-lived M1 supercar debuted.

Throughout the 1980s, BMW became the unofficial poster car of yuppies, as the brand ostensibly signified one's financial success as well as a passion for driving. The elegant 6 Series coupe debuted, and the latter part of the decade saw the high-performance M division working its magic on various production models.

In the early 1990s, BMW replaced the 6 Series with the powerful (V12-powered at first) but heavy 8 Series grand touring coupe. A bit later, BMW introduced its popular Z3 roadster. The company also opened its first U.S. manufacturing plant in the latter half of the 1990s.

The 2000s brought a midsize SUV (the X5) as well as a compact SUV (the X3) as BMW joined the hot-selling segment. Since then, BMW has replaced the Z3 with the Z4, introduced the compact 1 Series, produced hybrid versions of a few models and debuted the X6 fastback crossover. The company has also expanded its empire to include Mini and Rolls-Royce and continues to build motorcycles, something it has done since the 1920s.

BMW's famous advertising slogan describes each of its vehicles as "the ultimate driving machine," and it's not mere hyperbole. Over the past couple of decades, BMWs have become the standard for performance and luxury. With family-friendly estate cars, crisp saloons, distinctive coupes, nimble sports cars and spacious SUVs offered, BMW's model roster is diverse. But its vehicles all share a common characteristic: the ability to make drivers feel gloriously connected to the road.

Few cars are as instantly recognizable as the Mini. Loved for its diminutive dimensions and cheerful good looks, the British-born car has inspired passionate devotion both in the U.K. and abroad. The brand was briefly discontinued, but was revived in 2002 with help from BMW. Successfully paying homage to the original Mini Cooper of the 1960s, the reincarnated Cooper combines an athletic, BMW-engineered chassis with a space-efficient interior and a generous standard features list.

The history of the Mini began in 1959. The original Mini car was produced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in England and its mission was to be a lightweight, agile four-passenger car that took up minimal space. In a sense, the brand was born out of necessity. The United Kingdom was subject to fuel rationing in the wake of the Suez crisis, and British consumers clamoured for vehicles that offered optimum fuel efficiency.

The car was originally sold under BMC's Austin and Morris brands; the Mini name didn't make an appearance until 1961. Although it had just 34 horsepower, the Mini was the ideal urban car and proved popular in crowded European cities. In 1961, John Cooper, a man who built Formula One race-cars, put his magic hands on the Mini and the result was the ferocious Mini Cooper. His Cooper S model had (at 76 hp) more than double the output of the standard Mini. That infusion of power, along with suspension tweaks and some really good driving, had Mini winning the Monte Carlo Rally four years in a row (1964-'67). The marque landed on American shores in 1962.

The '60s truly was the decade of the Mini. New variations on the car's theme came with the introduction of vehicles like the Mini Pickup and the Mini Moke, a vehicle that resembled a quirky cross between a Mini and a Jeep. The car's abbreviated proportions are even rumoured to have played a part in sparking a fashion trend; the miniskirt raised hemlines and became emblematic of an era. Mini motorcars tore up the asphalt on the silver screen, with the brand's appearance in the 1969 film The Italian Job. By the end of the decade, more than 2 million Mini motorcars had been produced.

By the mid-'80s, more than 5 million Minis had been produced worldwide. In 1994, the brand was acquired by the BMW Group. The marque went on hiatus in 2000, but was resurrected (and brought back to American shores) in 2002 with the launch of the entry-level, front-drive Mini Cooper hatchback. Thoroughly modern in every way, right down to its BMW-engineered suspension, steering and brakes, the Mini Cooper is sold alongside its cousins at BMW dealerships.

Today, Mini's offerings include various derivatives of the Cooper, including a hatch, a convertible; the slightly longer Clubman; John Cooper Works variants; and even the crossover SUV-inspired four-door Countryman. With such a diverse, fun-loving line up, it's no wonder that Mini has become one of the World’s most desirable small car automakers

Jaguar cars have a long history of elegant styling and sporting performance. The brand was born in the United Kingdom, and for years its vehicles were synonymous with the old-world luxury of the British upper classes. More recently, Jaguar has been under the ownership of Tata Motors, an investor who has revolutionised the brand and brought Jaguar, and Land Rover to the forefront of automotive design engineering and luxury. Yet the brand always bears the unmistakable gleam of traditional English refinement.

The company traces its roots to the Swallow Sidecar Company, founded in 1922 by Bill Lyons and William Walmsley. Based in Blackpool, the company produced a popular line of aluminium motorcycle sidecars. Swallow eventually switched its focus to automobile production, changing its name to SS Cars Ltd. in 1933. The first vehicle to carry the Jaguar name was the SS Jaguar 100, released in 1935.

After World War II, SS Cars switched its moniker to Jaguar. It’s first post war offering was 1948's Mark V. The luxury saloon was joined that year by the XK 120, a sports car that was the fastest production automobile of its day - its name indicating its top speed. The XK 120 proved quite popular, and helped Jaguar establish a strong presence in the sports car market.

By the 1950s the Mark VII Saloon was introduced in 1951 and was a hit with stateside motorists. In 1956, the car took the prize at the Monte Carlo Rally. Later in the decade, Jaguar added the Mark VIII and Mark IX to its line up. Meanwhile, the XK became the XK 140 as performance increased. Then came the XK 150 which was obviously even faster, though not quite as curvaceously alluring as the 120/140 models.

The 1960s saw the launch of one of Jaguar's most well-known models. The E-Type (or XK-E as it was known in the U.S.) debuted for 1961. The new sports car, available as either a coupe or convertible, provided performance and refinement wrapped up in an undeniably sexy package. The success of groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and icons like Twiggy the fashion model made British culture a hot commodity during the '60s - a fact that likely had positive implications for Jaguar's popularity overseas.

A decade later, Jaguar introduced the XJ6C and XJ12C coupes to join the saloons. At one point, the XJ12 was the fastest production sedan of its day. By the mid-'70s the lovely E-Type was replaced by the relatively bland XJ-S. The 1980s saw Jaguar continuing to raise the bar in performance with the launch of the XJ-S HE and a true world supercar, the XJ220.

In 1990 Jaguar was bought out by Ford. Ford's influence (and financial support) was evident with the 1997 launch of Jaguar's XK8 and supercharged XKR sports cars. Powering both was Jaguar's new AJ-V8, a compact yet powerful engine that was also used in certain Land Rover vehicles. A few years later, Jaguar made an effort to broaden its product line with the introduction of a lower-priced, entry-luxury compact saloon known as the X-Type.

Ford sold Jaguar (and fellow British premium brand Land Rover) to Indian manufacturer Tata in 2008 and new models like the XF, XE, F-Type, E-Type and the industry leading I-Pace have transformed the model line up and modern day appeal.

From the beach, jungle, bush, desert and the mountains to the mud, sand and snow; as the first true all-terrain vehicle, Land Rover has always stood for capability and adventure. Go anywhere, whenever, whatever the weather, however steep the incline. Land Rover has done some pretty amazing things over the years: towing trains, scaling dam walls, tackling giant speed bumps and racing 999 steps up a mountain-side in an SUV that’s faster than a sports car. All this showcases just how far Land Rovers can, and will go. 

The ability to go ‘above and beyond’ has always been at the heart of Land Rover. As the go-to vehicle for humanitarian, conservation, research and protection projects, Land Rover dominated 70% of the global aid market in the 1970s. Across the world, it has been a symbol of hope and rescue, reaching places no car had before. Indeed, as the old saying goes, for many, the Land Rover was the first car they ever set eyes on. 

There are many hours spent designing, engineering, assembling and delivering the Land Rover; craftsmanship and passion that goes into creating a car so well loved across the globe. Lode Lane, Solihull is the place where, over seven decades, 7.2 million Land Rovers have rolled off the line and Halewood is the place from which nearly 1.4 million Freelanders, Evoques and Discovery Sports have set off on their journeys across the world.

With electrification and autonomy looming closer on the horizon, there are years of innovation and excitement ahead for the brand.

Porsche is one of the all-time great car marques. The German company has been producing world-leading cars since 1948, none more long-lived and respected than the legendary 911.

The history of the Porsche company began long before Ferdinand Porsche thought of starting his own car manufacturing business. As a young engineer, he designed the first electric/petrol hybrid -- in 1900. Over his career, he worked with Daimler, Mercedes, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, Auto Union, and others for nearly 50 years. His independent design firm was even responsible for the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle in 1931.

There were many challenges in Porsche’s early years, but out of that rose not only a car company but a chunk of motoring history and a brand that is known and admired across the globe. Based in Stuttgart for all but the first two years, the firm’s successes on road and track have been numerous, and their influence enormous.

The firm is still at the leading edge of performance and technology, with supercars like the 918 Spyder and the GT3 RS continuing their proud tradition of innovation, and luxury vehicles like the Panamera and Cayenne satisfying the needs of those who prefer sophistication with their acceleration. And then there are the racing cars, which for many years have given Porsche a trophy cabinet that is the envy of their peers.

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