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Motor - 2009






















British Car Auctions, the second-hand vehicle trader, has been acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the US private equity firm that owns Hertz, for £390m.

Jaguar Land Rover is to create more than 100 graduate and student placement jobs in 2010.

VTL Automotive is to relocate its car parts factory and up to 82 staff from Calderdale to Huddersfield over the next six months.

Manheim is to open a new car auction centre at a former airforce base at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire in January.

H2O is planning to open a further 20 car valeting centres and create 150 jobs over the next two years.

JDS Trucks, the Renault truck distributor with 75 staff at depots in Blackburn, Leeds and Salford, has undergone a management buy-out.

Manor Grand Prix has sold an estimated £10m stake in its motor racing business to private equity firm LDC, and is creating 45 jobs in Rotherham and 60 in Bicester.

Midcounties Co-op is to sell the Motorworld group of 11 car dealerships in the Oxford area to Johnsons Cars for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 206 staff.

Vertu Motors has acquired the David Penman Renault and Seat car dealership in Darlington for £1.1m.

Phoenix Car Company is to expand its chain of 17 car dealerships with a new Mitsubishi franchise in Edinburgh in January.

Spyker Cars is to relocate its luxury sports car assembly plant and 90 jobs from the Netherlands to Coventry by the end of 2009, in order to be closer to suppliers.

The Department for Transport has announced a £30m grant scheme to promote the development of charging points for electric cars in up to six cities or regions.

Brawn GP, the Brackley-based Formula 1 motor racing team, has been acquired by Daimler AG and Aabar Investments, and will be rebranded as Mercedes Grand Prix.

Multipart, the Chorley-based supplier of car parts with 250 staff, has been acquired by TVS Logistics Services of India for undisclosed terms.

Just Car Clinics has acquired two Richmond Motors bodyshops in Stourbridge and Redditch out of administration, securing the future of 31 jobs.

British School of Motoring (BSM) is planning to expand its chain of 94 driving centres and recruit up to 3,000 instructors over the next two years, having undergone a £10m management buy-out from Arques Industries.

John McGavigan has been sold out of administration by KPMG to a former management team, securing the future of 109 jobs at its interior car parts factory in East Dunbartonshire.

Helston Garages has acquired the Renwicks Peugeot car dealerships in Exeter and Honiton out of administration, taking its chain to 29 sites.

Zytek Automotive Technology of Lichfield hopes to secure a £4.5m government investment to fund the development of a new urban electric vehicle, in partnership with Gordon Murray Design.

Arnold Clark is to acquire Ford and Citroen car dealerships in Carlisle, Dumfries, Penrith and Workington from GK Group for undisclosed terms.

Vertu Motors has acquired the trade and assets of a Vauxhall car dealership in Lichfield from Steve Thompson Cars for £2.8m.

Watts Group has sold its tyre business to Premia Group, with the transfer of up to 46 staff in Lydney.

Co-operative Motor Group is to invest £250m in the revamp of 19 car showrooms, in order to convert them from the Sunwin brand.

Easi-Drive is to relocate the headquarters of its Wythenshawe-based accident management business to a new £1.5m 25,000 sq ft site by spring 2010, and also wants to open more depots across the country.

Harratts is creating 30 jobs at a new Honda car dealership in Wakefield.

LDV has sold the assets of its Birmingham-based van manufacturing business out of administration to Eco Concept, and up to 200 jobs will be created at a new electric vehicles factory in the Midlands.

Benfield Motor has acquired two VW car dealerships in Carlisle and Dumfries, with the transfer of 54 staff.

All Fleet Services is to increase the workforce at its Gloucester-based car fleet services call centre from 78 to 96 by the end of the year.

Happich Profiles has been bought out of administration by EMKA Beschlagteile of Germany for undisclosed terms, securing 37 jobs at its vehicle components factory in Castle Bromwich.

Lotus has unveiled plans for an investment of £86m in its return to Formula 1 motor racing, with the creation of about 250 jobs at the Racing Technologies Norfolk base at Hingham.

Infiniti Europe is to open Nissan car dealerships in Birmingham and Glasgow by the middle of next year.

Elecscoot is in negotiations with One Northeast to set up an electric scooter manufacturing plant in Sunderland, with the creation of up to ten jobs.

City Car Club has acquired WhizzGo for undisclosed terms, creating a combined car rental group with 500 cars at 15 sites.

Heathrow Truck Centre has acquired two DAF truck dealerships in Oxford and Reading from the Barnes Group for undisclosed terms, increasing its workforce from 126 to 210.

The Energy Technologies Institute is to develop a £11m network of plug-in points for electric vehicles in Birmingham, Coventry, Glasgow, London, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Oxford and Sunderland.

BMW is to produce two new Mini models at its car factory in Oxford, which could create an estimated 1,000 jobs.

Vospers has acquired the Renwicks Peugeot car franchise in Plymouth, with the transfer of about 30 staff, and plans to relocate the business to its site at Marsh Mills over the next year.

Hitachi Capital Driving Instructor Centre, the supplier of cars to driving instructors, is planning to open three new branches in London, Preston and Wiltshire over the next year.

Arnold Clark is planning to create 700 jobs at its car dealerships across the country by early next year, with new sites opening in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Manchester, Stafford and Warrington.

Calsonic Kansei is to invest £11m at its car parts factory in Llanelli, with the creation of 37 jobs.

Blackcircles, the online tyre supplier, is planning to set up a new network of Blackcircles-branded tyre-fitting franchises in major cities by 2010.

Modec is hoping to expand the 80-strong workforce at its Coventry-based electric vehicles factory to several hundred over the next few years, as the US government has awarded a £23m grant to its joint venture with Navistar.

Vertu Motors has acquired the Ilford Vauxhall and Chevrolet franchises from Crown Motors, taking its total network to 52.

Cenex of Loughborough has secured a £1m government grant to manage the development of up to 50 recharging stations for electric cars across the country over the next two years.

JCT600 has acquired two Audi car dealerships in Hull and York from the Gilder Group for £11m, with the transfer of about 80 staff.

Grove Motor Colours is to acquire the bodyshop services distribution network of AkzoNobel Car Refinishes for undisclosed terms, including sites in Cardiff, Glasgow, Preston and Wetherby.

Nissan is to create a further 100 fixed-term production jobs at its car factory in Sunderland, following a rise in sales.

Wayside Group has acquired Andrew Rowley Toyota, the operator of car dealerships in Watford and St Albans, for undisclosed terms.

Nissan is to build a £200m electric vehicle batteries factory in Sunderland, with the creation of up to 350 jobs.

Brayley Honda has acquired the former Alan Day Honda car dealership in Enfield, taking its chain to four sites.

Toyota is considering its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire as a potential site to manufacture the new petrol-electric hybrid version of the Auris car from 2012, which could create thousands of jobs.

VT Group is to set up an automotive training centre in Norwich in September, in order to train mechanics for independent garages.

Brooklyn Ford has sold two car dealerships in Kidderminster and Malvern out of administration to a new company called Hills Ford for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 40 jobs.

Gowrings Mobility, the Newbury-based supplier of wheelchair passenger vehicles, has been bought out of administration by Weybridge-based Newship Estates, securing 78 of the 120 jobs.

Stoneacre Motor Group is to acquire the Polar Ford car dealerships in York, Scarborough and Thirsk, with the transfer of 121 staff.

Mazda Motor Europe is looking to expand its European car dealership network with a further 75 outlets by the end of the year.

Marshall Motors has acquired the Jaguar car dealership in Ipswich from Lookers.

Vertu Motors has bought four Brooklyn Motor car dealerships and one repair site in Worcester, Redditch and Cheltenham out of administration for £7.9m.

Tanfield is to receive £1.6m of government funding to develop electric passenger vehicles, and the company will also contribute to the Department of Transport's low carbon vehicle procurement programme.

Tetrosyl has acquired International Automotive Distributors, the Huddersfield-based chain of 14 car care outlets trading as Maccess, for undisclosed terms.

Baylis of Gloucester has bought the business assets of the Bicknells Vauxhall car dealership in Worcester out of administration.

Brindley has bought the Bicknells Vauxhall car dealership in Tipton out of administration, securing the future of 40 jobs.

Cosworth is to create 100 new jobs in Northamptonshire, having agreed to supply engines to three new Formula 1 racing teams next season, including Manor GP of Yorkshire, Team US F1 and Campos Meta.

BCA is to set up a car auction centre on a 20-acre site in Perry Barr, Birmingham, by 2010, with the creation of 200 jobs, and has also announced the acquisition of online remarketing firm JTK Automotive.

Manganese Bronze has raised £9.4m in a share placing to fund the international expansion of its taxi cab manufacturing business.

Nissan is to recruit a further 100 temporary manufacturing staff at its car plant in Sunderland.

Retail Motor Industry Federation is to acquire the membership and field consultancy operations of the Motor Vehicle Repairers Association from Capita Group.

Vertu Motors is to raise £30m in a share placing to fund the nationwide expansion of its chain of 45 car dealerships.

BMW is looking to recruit 250 temporary staff at its car plant in Cowley, in order to reinstate shifts following a rise in demand.

Exway Group is planning to expand its Exeter-based chain of accident repair centres, having secured a funding package to open new sites and acquire existing businesses.

Nissan is looking to recruit 20 maintenance technicians for its new apprentice training programme due to start in September, which will include four years working at its Sunderland car plant.

McLaren has unveiled plans to build a sports car factory next to its technology centre in Woking by 2011, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is to create a further 150 jobs at its factory in West Sussex, in order to manufacture the new Ghost model.

Nissan is to create 150 temporary jobs at its car factory in Sunderland, as the government's new scrappage scheme is expected to increase demand.

The Car Shop is planning to set up a new car supermarket at Trax Park in Doncaster by September, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.

Autoglass is to open a new car windscreens call centre at the Bardon Business Park in Coalville, Leicestershire, in June, with the creation of 50 jobs.

McLaren Automotive is seeking funding of up to £250m to develop a new range of road-going sports cars, and hopes to start production at a new UK factory within two years.

Autoquake has secured £4m of venture capital funding to expand its online used car sales business into southern England and continental Europe.

Volkswagen Group is to set up a 32,000 sq ft Audi car dealership and servicing centre at Cardinal Point Motor Park in Tamworth.

Key Driver Training is looking to create a number of jobs at its new driver training premises at the Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn.

Parker Motor Services is to relocate up to 50 staff to a new car parts distribution depot at Belgrave Gate in Leicester by the end of the year.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold certain assets of Leeds-based Local Contract Hire & Leasing and 1car1 out of administration to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Jaguar Land Rover is recruiting 40 engineering apprentices for its Technical Academy in Warwick.

Hendy Group has acquired three Alan Day Honda car dealerships in Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester, with the transfer of 80 staff.

HiQ is to expand its nationwide chain of 137 franchised tyre servicing outlets to 275 by 2012, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.

Honda has acquired Foxfield Garage, the Wigan-based multi-franchised car dealership, and the site will be refurbished.

SMC Renault is to close its car dealership in Guildford, and some of the staff will relocate to its sites in Woking and Weybridge.

Daihatsu has expanded its car dealership network to 100 showrooms with the acquisition of Mid Cornwall Cars.

Donington Park is to set up a training academy for security and spectator safety at its motor racing circuit in Leicestershire, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.

AP Driveline Technologies has been bought out of administration by Raicam Clutch of Italy, saving 167 jobs at its car components factory in Leamington Spa.

Walters Group has acquired JV Like, the Brecon-based Land Rover dealership, securing the future of more than 20 jobs.

Just Car Clinics is looking to expand its chain of 23 car repair centres into a nationwide chain of 40 sites by the end of 2010.

Sytner has acquired three luxury car dealerships from Nick Whale Holdings for undisclosed terms, including 51 staff at Porsche showrooms in Leicester and Solihull and a Ferrari franchise in Bromsgrove.

Liberty Electric Cars is to invest £30m in an electric 4x4 vehicles factory in Cramlington, Northumberland, with the creation of 250 jobs.

Metal Pressings Group has been bought out of administration by Ricor for undisclosed terms, securing the future of about 65 jobs at its automotive components factory in Studley.

Silverstone has unveiled plans to invest £5m in the redesign of its motor racing track and spectator facilities in Northamptonshire by March 2010.

Academy Group of Manchester is to open a car sales and service centre in Rishton in March, with the creation of ten jobs.

Aviva has sold the Bristol-based British School of Motoring to German private equity firm Arques Industries, with the transfer of more than 600 staff at 96 local centres.

Scottish Motor Auctions has bought Premier Motor Auctions of Leeds out of administration, as part of a strategy to become the country's leading car auction group.

Grant Thornton has sold three DeVries Honda dealerships in York, Hull and Scarborough out of administration to Marshall Motors, while Benfield Motor Group has acquired the Stockton-on-Tees franchise.

McLaren Group is planning to invest up to £250m in the production of 1,000 luxury sports cars a year by 2011, which could lead to the development of a new production plant in the UK and the creation of up to 400 jobs.

Howard Basford has sold its 20,000 sq ft accident repair garage on the Bredbury Industrial Estate in Stockport to insurer RSA for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 30 staff.

Grand Prix Racewear has sold its assets to Martin Hines, securing the future of its motorsport accessories business in Silverstone.

Sapphire Garage is to open a three-acre vehicle body repair centre in Manchester in March.

Goodyear Dunlop has sold 27 HiQ motoring repair centres in the Midlands to Easy Autocentres.

Vertu Motors is to open a used car sales outlet in Darlington in March, with the creation of 26 jobs.

Motorpoint has won planning permission to expand its four-acre car supermarket site in Burnley to ten acres by March.

Randles has bought the Mike Thompson Peugeot car dealership in Stafford out of administration for undisclosed terms.

Aixam Mega has bought the assets of NICE Car Company, the London-based supplier of electric vehicles, out of administration.

Rybrook Group has bought Robert Stern, the Worcester-based BMW car dealership with about 100 staff, for about £1m.

HR Owen has sold four Volvo car dealerships at Colindale, Euston, Chiswick and Regent's Park in London to a management buy-out for £0.2m.