BMC marque discontinued
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British Leyland is to discontinue the MC title on vehicles manufactured at its .athgate and Adderley Park plants. Instead, le vehicles from the Bathgate, Leyland 4otors (Scotland) factory will be known as le Leyland Redline range which will iclude the FG, WF. Laird, Boxer and 4astiff models, while vehicles produced at k.dderley, Birmingham. the EA, JU and J4 odels i.vill be known and marketed under he name Austin Morris.
The Austin Morris label coincides with he introduction of the division's modified ght commercial vehicle range for 1971 vhich includes a number of technical mprovements. Among these are improved liding-door assemblies on both the J4 and U models with better seating, a single horn, urn-indicator flasher and dip-switch, an ilternator and a new range of batteries also included on both models. The JU will be fitted with a modified throttle linkage, have a revised heater air-scoop, better access to the engine, modified window locks and improved suspension.
The EA vans will feature more comfortable seating, better rear door-hinges, a revised rubbing-rail, improved heater demister and a two-speed wiper. The loading height will be reduced and the suspension layout revised to level the vehicle up when unladen. It will also have an improved kingpin assembly and a revised gear-change linkage layout.
British Leyland is also introducing a service-by-colour system for more than 200 major service points in the UK. A blue sign will show that the unit is a Leyland Albion service point, red will indicate the new Redline range and all existing BMC trucks, yellow the AEC truck and coach service, and green—Guy vehicles. Where appropriate, service stations will display signs with two or more colours and all vehicles leaving British Leyland plants in future will have stickers of the appropriate colour fixed in the cabs.