We had the news today that Mother in law has a few months, possibly only a few weeks left. She's still not seen the oncologist as her samples were sent to London for testing with experimental treatments and results will follow, but she has been assigned a lung/breathing nurse, a Macmillan nurse and a care plan for if she returns home is being drafted. I don't think she'll accept palliative chemo, and in her current state of severe weakness it can't be offered anyway.
In a way it's come as some relief as it's closure for my wife and her side of the family that we have a finite amount of time and to make the most of it while we can. Father in law will be totally emotionally lost without her.
Even though I had my suspicions that time was limited it still came as a shock to hear my wife say this.
Had a lovely couple of days away in Kent doing things I do and visiting my family. Got home about half an hour ago, wife in tears (sent home from work). Mother in law has lung cancer, the type caused by exposure to asbestos. No other info at the moment, how aggressive, how set in etc.
What an shit end to a nice couple of days and weekend.
Very much nothing new, I'm afraid - even when we're talking about cars marketed new in the UK alongside each other, rather than old pensioned-off designs sold elsewhere in the world.
As mentioned, the BMC were the kings of badge engineering in the 1960s, e.g. the aforementioned ADO16 range (where an Austin was also a Morris, and a Riley, and an MG, and a Wolseley, and a Vanden Plas - just as with the big Farina saloons).
Sports versions weren't immune either (Austin-Healey Sprite and MG Midget).
Even the BL Wedge saw a confused launch in 1975 under three competing badges as the Austin 18-22, Morris 1800/2200 and Wolseley Six, before management finally saw sense after a few months and rebadged them all under the newly invented Princess marque as the 1800 and 2200 for 1976.
The Arrow-range Hillman Hunter put in simultaneous appearances as the Singer Vogue, the Humber Sceptre and, briefly, the Sunbeam Vogue, eventually ending its career with Chrysler badges, while the Hillman Imp also moonlighted as the Singer Chamois and Sunbeam Imp Sport.
The practice was still alive and well in the 1990s and 2000s and has kept going up to the present day.
In terms of 'same car, different badge', so separate from just 'familial' versions (e.g. Vauxhall Corsa, Opel Corsa, Holden Barina - same car yes, but badged by GM for different markets and not sold alongside each other), then off the top of my head...
The Ford Maverick and the Nissan Terrano II were the same vehicle, sold at the same time through different dealerships.
Also the Isuzu Trooper and Vauxhall Monterey. GM connection of course, but quite a different marketing base and dealer network.
In a similar vein, the Isuzu Midi and the Vauxhall Midi vans, and the more upmarket MPV versions, the Isuzu Fargo and Vauxhall Albany differed little in anything more than badge. Albany is a surefire winner as 'the most forgotten Vauxhall'. pub-quiz fans.
Ford Galaxy, Volkswagen Sharan, SEAT Alhambra - all launched in 1995 and all the same basic vehicle with slightly different grille and light treatments. Ford/VAG co-operation was notable at the time.
Fiat Ulysse, Peugeot 806 and Citroen Synergie (plus the Lancia Zeta version not sold in the UK) - same thing, collectively known as the Eurovan Project.
Citroen C1, Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo.
PSA connection is of course well established since they pulled a similar trick previously with the Peugeot 106 and Citroen Saxo, but the Toyota variant was leftfield.
Looking further back to the 1980s, the Nissan Cherry Europe was also sold as the Alfa Romeo Arna.
To paraphrase Jalopy magazine, you'd have thought that a Nissan/Alfa alliance would bring Italian styling flair with Japanese reliability. Instead the lucky* owner got Japanese styling flair with Italian reliability...
Even more bizarre was the Lancia Delta, also sold as the Saab 600 as part of the deal that allowed platform-sharing between the Fiat Croma, Lancia Thema and Saab 9000 - though I'm not sure the 600 was ever officially made available in the UK. Apparently the Saab badged Delta did not adapt terribly well to Scandinavian winters. Shocker.
The Citroen LNA and Peugeot 104 have already been mentioned; the Talbot Samba was also based on the same floorpan, and in fact the LNA's replacement, the Citroen AX, would have also been sold with Talbot badging had PSA management not wound up the Talbot name for passenger cars shortly before its launch.
The Daf 66 morphed into the Volvo 66 as part of Volvo's takeover (the Volvo 300 series was conceived as a new Daf, but never wore that badge).
What we know more commonly as the Mk1 Volkswagen Polo was actually a rebadged Audi 50, with the Polo following on afterwards as the cheaper VW offering - though again, the Audi version wasn't marketed in the UK.
The Fiat Panda and SEAT Marbella were also more than just kissing cousins - though the Marbella continued to use the original Mk1 Panda shape from 1979, since they were no longer able to avail of Fiat's facelifts once they became fully independent in the early '80s. Both cars soldiered on in the UK market until about 1996.
The run-out of Fiat's 128 in 1984 overlapped with sales of the Yugo Zastava 311, which started off as a straight 128 clone but was available in hatchback form in the UK by the early '80s.
Other cast-offs reappeared almost immediately wearing a different badge, but without much else to disguise their roots.
The defunct Mazda 121 reappeared almost immediately as the Kia Pride...
...with more success than the Sao Penza, which was the older version of the Mazda 323.
The Daewoo Nexia was very clearly the Mk2 Vauxhall Astra and Belmont risen from the grave with a smoothed over nose and rump.
As mentioned upthread, the Renault 12 was killed off in 1980 only to regenerate as the Dacia Denem for 1983.
Fiat's 125 vanished from UK showrooms in 1972, but only three years later the FSO 125 popped up, recognisably the same car (Lada's version of the smaller 124 didn't hit these shores until 1977).
Although these examples may not have overlapped in terms of new car sales, certainly they would have encountered each other in a car park or at the traffic lights. To Joe and Josephine Public, they very likely would have appeared as same car, different badge (assuming they noticed).
I'm sure others can also think of plenty! As mentioned, Australia did particularly well with 'homegrown' clone cars sold alongside the more familiar Japanese versions, mainly conceived to get around quotas on overseas manufacturers IIRC - like the Ford Telstar (Mazda 626), Ford Laser (Mazda 323), Holden Nova (Toyota Corolla E90), Holden Apollo (Toyota Carina) and Holden Jackaroo (Isuzu Trooper) to name but a very few...