Monday, May 18, 2009

Inter War years

Inter War years

After the war the Continental engine was no longer available, so Morris arranged for the French company Hotchkiss to make a near-copy in their Coventry factory. This was used to power new versions of the basic Cowley and more up-market Morris Oxford cars. With a reputation for producing high-quality cars and a policy of cutting prices, Morris Motor Company continued to grow and increase its share of the British market and, in 1924, overtook Ford to become the UK's biggest car manufacturer, holding a 51% share of the home market. They had a policy of buying up suppliers with, for example, Hotchkiss in Coventry becoming the Morris Engines branch in 1923. In 1924 the head of the Morris sales agency in Oxford, Cecil Kimber, started building sporting versions of Morris cars, called "MG" — after the agency, Morris Garages. The MG factory was in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The small car market was entered in 1928, with the Morris Minor, using an 847 cc engine from the Wolseley Motor Company, a company which became part of Morris Motors Company in 1927. This helped the company through the economic depression of the time. The Minor was replaced at the 1934 London Motor Show by the Morris Eight, a direct response to the Ford Model Y and heavily based on it. In 1932 Morris appointed Leonard Lord as Managing Director and he swept through the works, updating the production methods and introducing a proper moving assembly line, but Morris and Lord fell out, and Lord left in 1936 — threatening to "take Cowley apart brick by brick". [1] Also in 1936 William Morris sold Morris Commercial Cars Limited, his commercial vehicle enterprise, to Morris Motors. In 1938 William Morris became Viscount Nuffield, and the same year he merged the Morris Motor Company (incorporating Wolseley) and MG with newly acquired Riley to form a new company: the Nuffield Organisation.

In the summer of 1938 the Nuffield Organisation agreed to build equip and manage a huge new factory at Castle Bromwich, which was built specifically to manufacture Supermarine Spitfires.[2]

[edit] Post World War II production

Production restarted after World War II, with the pre-war Eight and Ten designs. In 1948 the "Eight" was replaced by what is probably the most famous Morris car, the Morris Minor designed by Alec Issigonis (who later went on to design the Mini) and reusing the small car name from 1928. The "Ten" was replaced by a new 1948 Morris Oxford, styled like a larger version of the Minor. A later Morris Oxford (the 1956 Morris Oxford III) was the basis for the design of India's famous Hindustan Ambassador which continues in production to the present day.

[edit] BMC

In 1952, the Nuffield Organisation merged with its old rival the Austin Motor Company to form the British Motor Corporation (BMC). Nuffield brought the Morris, MG, Riley and Wolseley marques into the merger. Leonard Lord was in charge, which led to Austin's domination of the organisation. Badge-engineering was important to the new company and for many years the several marques would be seen on several families of similar vehicles.

[edit] British Leyland

In 1968, in further rationalisations of the British motor industry, BMC became part of the newly-formed British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC), and subsequently, in 1975, the nationalised British Leyland Limited (BL).

The Morris marque continued to be used until the early 1980s on cars such as the Morris Marina. The Morris Ital (essentially a facelifted Marina) was the last Morris-badged passenger car, with production ending in the summer of 1984. The last Morris of all was a van variant of the Austin Metro.

In the early 1980s, the former Morris assembly plant in Cowley was turned over to the production of Austin and Rover badged vehicles, and continued to be used by BL's Austin Rover Group and its successor the Rover Group, which was eventually bought by BMW, and then by a management consortium, leading to the creation of MG Rover.

The rights to the Morris marque are currently owned by MG Rover, but after that company's financial collapse, and partial purchase by one or more Chinese state businesses, it is not clear who will finally own the Morris marque. Neither of the Morris Assembly Plants now exist, they were demolished and replaced by a technology park, the adjacent Pressed Steel Compnay site ( Cowley Body Plant ) is owned and operated by BMW, who use it to assemble the new Mini. MINI.

The history of the company is commemorated in the Morris Motors Museum at the Oxford Bus Museum.

Post-Morris cars to have been built at Cowley include the Austin/MG Maestro, Austin/MG Montego, Rover 600, Rover 800 and (for a short time) the Rover 75.
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Early history

Early history

The Morris Motor Company was started in 1910 when bicycle manufacturer William Morris turned his attention to car manufacturing and began to plan a new light car. A factory was opened in 1913 in a former military college at Cowley, Oxford, United Kingdom, and the company's first car, the 2-seat Morris Oxford "Bullnose" was introduced.[1] Nearly all the major components were bought-in, with only final assembly being undertaken in the Morris works. In 1914 a coupé and van were added to the line-up but the chassis was too short and the 1018 cc engine too small to make a much-needed 4-seat version of the car. White and Poppe, who made the engine, wanted more money than Morris was prepared to pay for a larger version, so the company turned to Continental of Detroit, Michigan, United States for supplies of a 1548 cc unit.[1] Gearboxes and axles were also sourced in the US. In spite of the outbreak of the First World War the orders were maintained and, from mid-1915 a new larger car, the 2-seat and 4-seat Morris Cowley was introduc
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Performance Package now available on 330i Coupes and Convertibles

The widely-acclaimed 330i Performance Package, originally introduced on the 330i Sedan in January 2003, will make its debut on the 2004 330Ci Coupe and Convertible at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on December 29th, 2003. The 330i Performance Package has received rave reviews from the press on the strength of its performance and handling prowess. The extension of the Performance Package to these two additional models will raise the driving experience of the 330Ci Coupe and Convertible to an even higher standard.

The 330i and 330Ci Performance Package has been created exclusively for the North American market for enthusiasts by enthusiasts at BMW Individual, a division of BMW M GmbH. Every aspect of the driving experience has been enhanced by the Performance Package. Engine modifications, which include different camshafts and performance-modified Digital Motor Electronics, yield a 10 horsepower increase to 235 for the 3.0-liter in-line six.
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New Competition Package for the 2005 BMW M3 Coupe

All-New Competition Package for the 2005 BMW M3 Coupe
Already renowned for its performance and handling, the new Competition Package takes M3 performance to the razor's edge. Every aspect of the M3's handling has been tweaked resulting in the best-handling M3 ever.

The wheels are 19-inch forged-alloy wheels with high-performance tires. They connect to a suspension that has been tuned specifically for the Competition Package. Turn-in is quicker with a more direct steering
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Monday, April 20, 2009

new ferari

We found these pics while searching the blog-o-sphere over at We gotta say the shape is ohh so Ferrari and ohh so sexy. We’re gonna guess video is coming next, we just have to get the hounds out to sniff it out. With these new pics, are you leaning towards liking the shape or not. Raise your voice.
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U mom gradi nema Ferarija-a, ali ima neceg sto nema u mnogim zemljama pa ni u Italiji, a to je simbol moga grada.Velik je kao kuca. Tockovi su visoki preko tri metra. Ovo je “manji primerak”. Postoji i mnogo veci ispod koga mozete komotno voziti auto…
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Volkswagen GTI W12 650 Concept

he Mk.V GTI might only be two years old (a year and a bit in North America),but Volkswagen has progressively produced faster versions of its famous hot hatchback, be it for production or for show. Recall the GTI Edition 30, a factory-tuned European specialty which commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the GTI by adding an additional 30 horsepower. If attention and looks are your ultimate desire, there's also the Fahrenheit GTI, which, besides special wheels, is bright orange inside and out. There was also the R GTI, the black and carbon fiber 375 horsepower “tuner” GTI that took SEMA by storm late last year. But none of these hold a candle to the ultimate GTI, which Volkswagen showed enthusiasts at the W√∂rthersee VW-Audi tuner show earlier this week, the GTI W12 650 Concept.

Before continuing on, let's quickly go over the facts on this beast. It's got three times the displacement, three times the cylinders, and twice as many turbochargers as the original, alswagen and the finest powerplant the brand has ever made. It's simply astounding. Though the Phaeton and A8 that use the W12 engine do not have turbos, there's a high chance that the engine was instead sourced from a Bentley Continental as they come standard with two quick-spooling turbochargers and all the vital plumbing. In any sense, this kind of firepower is more than enough to shift the compact GTI to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 201 mph, which makes it the fastest GTI
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The Golf GTI W12-650 outpaces nearly all other cars of this world...1.76 meter) width and low 1.42 meter (production: 1.50 Meter) height of its body, engineers and designers have brought together automotive technologies not seen in this combination on any other car...Innovative body construction has also prevented the lines of the GTI W12-650 from being ruined by a roof-mounted wing...Every.