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    I guess it's better than being bought out by Walmart.

    Idk, hopefully they don't eff Aston Martin up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my porsche
    Yuck, LV is so tacky. I hope they only own it and let AM run itself.
    LV isn't tacky, just the tacky bags with LV stamped all over, the one's people get to show they have a LV...
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    The British car industry is dying,
    Bentley/Rolls Royce was shipped off to the Germans,
    MG was sold to the Chinese
    TVR...that's basically dead, it's about to move to Russia.
    Let's hope Aston Martin stays in the UK.
    I'm dropping out to create a company that starts with motorcycles, then cars, and forty years later signs a legendary Brazilian driver who has a public and expensive feud with his French teammate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    The British car industry is dying,
    Bentley/Rolls Royce was shipped off to the Germans,
    MG was sold to the Chinese
    TVR...that's basically dead, it's about to move to Russia.
    Let's hope Aston Martin stays in the UK.
    At least they got Lotus and Noble

    Aston Martin will stay in Britain unless they want to run the brand into the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    The British car industry is dying,
    You think so?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    Bentley/Rolls Royce was shipped off to the Germans
    Bentleys are built in Crewe.

    Rolls Royce are built in Goodwood.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    MG was sold to the Chinese
    Who have just announced they will be resuming assembly of the TF (why?) at Longbridge immanently.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    TVR...that's basically dead, it's about to move to Russia.
    Reportedly the bodies will be built at Noble's South African facility, the engines will be supplied by Ricardo, in Britain, and the cars will be assembled by Bertone in Russ... err Italy.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    Let's hope Aston Martin stays in the UK.
    Yes, I'm sure they'll announce their plan to move out of their hugely expensive, only-just-finished, high-tech flagship HQ at Gaydon, and into Louis Vitton's Parisian handbag factory on Monday.

    There are still companies like Lotus, Caterham, Noble, Marcos, Morgan I suppose, it isn't much, but they are some of the most respected names in their fields.

    Oh, one shouldn't forget the Japanese plants - amongst the most productive and efficient in the world - Honda at Swindon, Nissan at Sunderland, Toyota at Burnaston and Deeside.

    And of course BMW build their engines in the UK, and the MINI too.

    Jaguar and Land Rover are here in the Midlands, and Ford also builds Transit vans in Southampton, as well as two sites building engines.

    GM also has a presence in Vauxhall.

    On the commercial front LDV are producing vans in Birmingham, and Coventry itself is home to LTI - builders of the world famous London taxis.

    Would you like me to remind you that the overwhelming majority of F1 teams are based in the UK, as well as companies like Prodrive, Lola and many other leading names from international motorsport?

    So, what is it 1.5 million cars per year or something of that order, excluding commercial vehicles?

    Yes, truly dying.

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    Lets see.... Toyota = Japanese
    BMW = German
    Land Rover, Jaguar, Ford= semi-American
    Rolls/Bentley= owned by the Germans
    Mini? Division of BMW

    My point is that they aren't run in the UK or were UK based companies.
    I'm dropping out to create a company that starts with motorcycles, then cars, and forty years later signs a legendary Brazilian driver who has a public and expensive feud with his French teammate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    Lets see.... Toyota = Japanese
    BMW = German
    Land Rover, Jaguar, Ford= semi-American
    Rolls/Bentley= owned by the Germans
    Mini? Division of BMW

    My point is that they aren't run in the UK or were UK based companies.
    Heres a word for you, globalization. Look it up.

    Just because a company started in a country doesn't mean everything is made there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofthering
    My point is that they aren't run in the UK or were UK based companies.
    Apart from the ones that are.

    Jaguar, Land Rover, Bentley, Rolls Royce and Aston are all British companies, that are run and based in the UK.

    If I buy your house and pay your bills and maybe give you a fancy new TV, but you still get to live in it as normal, are you British?

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    Sort of, my parents were born in a UK colony.

    I've had a hard-ass week, I'm not thinking straight. Sorry if I sound stoopid. Blame America.
    Last edited by kingofthering; 02-02-2007 at 11:57 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Canuck
    Heres a word for you, globalization. Look it up.

    Just because a company started in a country doesn't mean everything is made there...
    Exactly. And having a British company run by Brits doesn't mean everything would be made in the UK. For example, Renault is a French company run by French people and headquartered in Paris, and yet a larde part of their production is made in foreign countries (such as the Modus in Spain, Megane/Clio in Russia, Clio in Mexico, Bresil, Argentina, etc...).

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    Originally Posted by Coventrysucks
    Yes, I'm sure they'll announce their plan to move out of their hugely expensive, only-just-finished, high-tech flagship HQ at Gaydon, and into Louis Vitton's Parisian handbag factory on Monday.
    Cov, you are the master of sarcasm. I'm impressed.
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    British car industry is still thriving under the call of globalization? Get it right, they were deliberately left to operate in UK merely bacause the owners can still charge a premium on the "Country of Origin". NOTHING MORE.

    British car industry is merely a puppet stage play.

    Look at the Japs,now that's globalization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingolstadt
    British car industry is merely a puppet stage play.
    I don't understand why people have this attitude of attacking/ demeaning the UK car industry for no apparent reason.

    It isn't the best in the world, but it is home to some of the most well known and respected brands in the business, some of the most well known and respected engineering and design consultancies in the business, and has some of the most advanced and productive manufacturing facilities in the business.

    All people want to do, however, is ignore the positives (and the facts) and go on some rant (see above) about how it is "dead" and all British cars are "rubbish" etc, etc, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ingolstadt
    they were deliberately left to operate in UK merely bacause the owners can still charge a premium on the "Country of Origin".
    What utter nonsense!

    ALL cars are charged at a premium in the UK; whether they are build here or abroad makes no difference.

    The strength of the pound is the main cause of problems for the UK, as it costs manufacturers much more to operate a factory in the UK than anywhere else - see Peugeot closing Ryton in favour of a cheap Eastern European facility.

    That is not the fault of the industry, and the fact that despite the additional costs manufacturers are keeping their UK factories, investing heavily and indeed in some cases even opening new ones, proves that the UK is obviously offering some value that cannot be found elsewhere.

    Do you have a good reason for being so negative and spiteful, or are you just surfing the wave of populist anti-Britishness?

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    Reply to CoventryS:

    Contrary to what you've replied, i actually like British cars and Brisitsh Stuff, but i somehow could see the stubborn-ness and the overtly reliance on 'heritage' that strangles British car industry.

    Would you buy a Rolls Royce made in Germany? I wouldn't. Crewe? I'd pay twice for that. Whatever technological marvels Germans tuck into their cars, they just couldn't charge it more expensive than a simple leather clad couch made in Britain; that's the reason they want the manufacturing lines, design house to stay in UK, to claim it's from UK. Skilled worksmanship? That's just a marketing tool.

    Admit it, I too love British marques, but they just suck at economies of scale, business expansion etc. British car industries lack the flexibility and dynamism to catch up with the bandwagon of globalisation.

    Rolls Royce
    Bentley
    Jaguar
    Aston Martin
    MG Rover
    Lotus
    TVR

    These are prime examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingolstadt
    These are prime examples.
    One of my English teachers a few years back told us never to use 'prime example', because it sounds stupid and isn't necessarily correct.

    Sorry, just had to get that out of my head.
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