British car brands produce one of the most beautiful and luxurious cars in the world. If we just mention Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mini, Bentley, Lotus and McLaren, you know what kind of cars are the British cars. British automotive industry originates from the 19th century when in that time, it was the second largest car manufacturer in the world, following the United States of America. Despite the success in the 1950s, a significantly lower growth followed and placed the British automotive industry on the 12 spot of largest car manufacturers, measured by produced units.
However, the British automotive industry is on the rise again with a growth of 7% measured by July 2013, when nearly a million British cars made the production lines. There is still a lot to do to reach a production of 2 million cars as in 1972, but the English car brands are leading the way properly. Lately, many British car brands were acquired by foreign companies, such as BWM â Mini and Roll-Royce, TATA â Jaguar and Land Rover and Volkswagen Group â Bentley. Here are the most popular English car brands in no particular order.
The iconic British car is not British anymore, but a subsidiary of the big car manufacturer BMW. However, the Mini, Cabrio and Clubman models are completely made in Britain at Oxford, Hams Hall and Swindon factories. The brand is still strong as it was, selling over 300,000 units all around the world in 2012. The BMW Mini is not the same favorite car for many, although the new Mini includes many of the same small-form features that made the classic Mini so popular. Despite the sleeker look and the modern touches, the Mini still remains the classic go-kart driving feel that made it so great.
Although Aston Martin is no longer British owned car manufacturer, it produces one of the most desirable models featuring advanced technology in combination with the old-school British charm. As originally founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, since then Aston Martins cars are known as luxury grand tourers, but sport-cars were gradually included in its range of products. The car manufacturer was a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, until the Kuwait company bought 90% of Aston Martin and Ford Motor Company retained a lot of money as stake.
McLaren is one of the newer English car brands that makes an impressive headway. Growing as one of the most successful F1 racing teams, McLaren has discovered itself into road cars as exotic as the F1s. McLaren is teamed up with Ricardo and develops an own 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine to power the latest generation of cars. The English car brand has dealerships in over 20 countries and has sold over 1,000 MP4-12Cs after only one year on the market. However, McLaren is one of the fastest, most desirable and most reliable English car brands ever.
Established in 1922, Jaguar is one of the best British car brands in the world. Although the fuel economy is a concern, Jaguars are still preferred cars by those drivers who want a combination of power and luxury. In 2008, the British car manufacturer was sold to Tata Motors, an Indian multinational car manufacturing company, for 2.3 billion of American dollars. Despite the big fall of Jaguar, the fast and sleek-looking cars have boosted the sales of Jaguar. To be more accurate, the Jaguar F-type was selected as the most beautiful car in 2013. Today, Jaguars are manufactured in the engineering centres of Jaguar Land Rover, which plans are to produce cars with the latest generation of technologies.
You already know that British car brands are all about luxury, right? Bentley is not an exception, as it is one of the best British car brands that manufactures luxury cars. Although it is owned by Volkswagen AG, Bentley still produces its cars in Crewe, where Bentley always used to be produce. Bentleys are being sold by franchised dealers all around the world and as of 2012, China is the biggest individual market for Bentley cars. In addition, a Bentley is an expensive car and for driving one, you will need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars for buying and yet more for maintaining and operating it.