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Motor - 2010
Paneltex has acquired Trans Load, the Andover-based vehicle body builder with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Hulme Group, the Manchester-based commercial vehicle maintenance firm with 32 staff, has been bought out of administration by Leyland Holding Company.
Chrysler UK is planning to expand its car sales network to 70 sites by the end of 2012, having contacted a further four potential franchise holders.
Overfinch Bespoke Vehicles of Surrey has been bought out of administration by Autobrokers of West Yorkshire.
Chargemaster has secured a £1.5m equity investment to expand the sales force for its electric car parts manufacturing business.
Toyota is recruiting 175 new agency staff at its car plant in Burnaston, due to rising sales of the Auris Hybrid Synergy Drive.
Vauxhall is to assist the Chinese-owned MG Motor group in developing a dealership network in the UK.
Sytner is to acquire the Maidenhead BMW and Mini dealerships of Pendragon for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of up to 60 staff.
Wayside Group has acquired the Milton Keynes Seat car dealership for undisclosed terms.
Easi-Drive has secured £4m from Yorkshire Bank to fund the expansion of its Manchester-based accident management business, which has 900 vehicles and 150 staff, into Scotland and the South East.
Wessex Garages is to relocate its Cardiff-based Nissan car dealership to a 52,000 sq ft former Lookers site on Hadfield Road by next March, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Watts Tyre Group, the Gloucestershire-based wheel and tyre supplier with 70 staff, has been acquired by Trelleborg of Sweden.
IT Fleet Automotive is recruiting 50 staff for its new 27,000 sq ft vehicle refurbishment operation at the Cofton Centre estate in Longbridge.
Blue Bell Group is seeking a suitable four-acre site to open a sixth BMW car dealership in the North West.
Firstline is to relocate its car parts wholesaling business and 130 staff from Bicester to Banbury.
North Eastern Tyre & Exhausts is investing £2m in the expansion of its warehousing in Stockton and Leeds.
Virgin Racing, the Formula One motor racing team, is to be acquired by Marussia of Russia for undisclosed terms.
Wolverhampton Audi is to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its car dealership over the next six months.
KJ Ryan is relocating its Coventry-based automotive interiors business to a 27,000 sq ft warehouse and office at the Wayside Business Park.
Vospers has bought the Mumfords car dealership in Plymouth out of administration for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of most of the 60 staff.
Impetus Automotive is to relocate its automotive management consultancy and up to 200 staff from Leamington to Tournament Court in Warwick by the end of the year.
Wayside Group has acquired Keith Garages, the Aylesbury-based Volkswagen, Audi and Hyundai car dealership.
Young Driver is looking to expand its new driving school for young drivers with three new sites across the country.
Potteries Tyres, the Stoke-based supplier of tyres with 14 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
The Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) is to collaborate with Ipswich-based GEVCO to develop a new electric car in Leicestershire, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
George White Superbikes has acquired GT Motorcycles, the motorcycle dealer with showrooms in Paignton, Plymouth and St Austell, for undisclosed terms.
VTL Holdings has acquired Automatic Components Stanningley, the Cleckheaton-based automotive parts manufacturer.
Manheim Auctions is to create 70 jobs at a new car auction centre at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground near Lutterworth over the next two years.
Vertu Motors is looking to invest up to £15m in the expansion of its chain of 59 car sales outlets.
Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to retain its three car plants in Solihull, Halewood and Castle Bromwich, and a £5bn investment could lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs.
The Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) is planning to build a new £250m technology park and engineering centre on its site near Nuneaton, which could generate up to 2,000 jobs over the next ten years.
WCR Vehicle Hire of Wednesbury has been acquired by a new company called Phoenix Vehicle Hire, with the transfer of 255 vehicles and 30 staff.
Percepta is to relocate its Ford Customer Relationship Centre and up to 70 staff from Coventry to Daventry in December, with the creation of 40 new jobs.
Lotus is planning to expand the workforce at its Norfolk-based sports car business from 1,650 to about 2,500, in order to triple production over the next five years.
Jaguar Land Rover is to relocate a further 140 staff from its Warwickshire-based advanced research unit to the University of Warwick, as part of a £100m investment in collaborative research.
Liberty Electric Cars is planning to create 500 new jobs at its factory in Cramlington over the next two years, having won a contract to produce electric bus engines for China.
Nationwide Accident Repair Services is planning to recruit 150 technicians at its vehicle repair sites across the country over the next three years, and a further 30 jobs will be created at its call centre in Leicester.
Barlow Motors is to set up a new SEAT car dealership at Trentham Lakes in Stoke-on-Trent by spring 2011.
Vertu Motors is to acquire a Renault and Nissan car dealership in Altrincham and a Renault and Ford dealership in Macclesfield from Lookers for £3.9m.
Ford is planning to invest £1.5bn in the UK over the next five years, securing the future of its 15,000-strong workforce.
Land Rover is to recruit 1,000 additional staff at its car factory in Halewood, in order to produce the new Evoque model.
Elecscoot is to relocate its electric scooters factory from Consett to a 26,000 sq ft site near Stanley in February, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
In 'n' Out Services, the chain of 14 car servicing centres, has been bought out of administration by a private investor.
Vertu Motors has acquired a Peugeot car dealership in Dunfermline for £0.3m.
Avid Vehicles is hoping to expand the workforce at its Northumberland-based electric cars business from 35 to 500 over the next five years.
Heathrow Truck Centre Group has acquired Morgan Elliott Group for undisclosed terms, including 117 staff at DAF franchises in Belvedere and Croydon.
GE Sparkes & Co, the Manchester-based vehicle recovery firm with 20 staff, has been sold out of administration to a new management team.
U-POL, the supplier of vehicle repair products, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Graphite Capital.
Pendragon is to sell its Mercedes-Benz car dealerships in Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Preston and South Lakes to Marshall Motor Group for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 170 staff.
Sunderland Council is in discussions with an unnamed company about plans to set up a new car parts factory, which could create 150 jobs.
HSBC is to sell its US car loans business to Santander of Spain for £2.6bn.
Peter Vardy is planning to set up a car dealership in Glasgow, having acquired a £2.5m site at the Braehead retail park.
Hartshorne Group, the Walsall-based commercial vehicle dealer with 450 staff at 17 locations, has been acquired by Crossroads Truck & Bus of Yorkshire.
ThyssenKrupp Tallent is to create up to 70 new jobs at its car parts factory in Newton Aycliffe.
Scottish Motor Auctions is to open a new car auction centre at Bilston in Birmingham in January 2011, with the creation of 140 jobs.
Vertu Motors has acquired a SEAT car dealership in Derby from GK Group for £0.5m.
TMD Friction has acquired Eurofriction, the Kilmarnock-based manufacturer of car parts with 130 staff.
Infiniti is to open a new Nissan car dealership in Braehead this autumn, with the creation of up to 21 jobs.
Gray & Adams has acquired Brycol, the Bedfordshire-based vehicle repair firm, for undisclosed terms.
Peter Vardy has bought two Vauxhall car dealerships in Aberdeen and Edinburgh from John Martin Group for undisclosed terms.
Car Transplants is planning to relocate its Cheshire-based vehicle recovery and storage business, along with 87 staff, to a 17-acre site on the Winsford Industrial Estate over the next two years.
Border Cars is to set up a new £3m car dealership at the Lillyhall industrial estate in Workington by the end of the year, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Vertu Motors has acquired two Vauxhall car franchises in Crewe and Macclesfield out of administration for £1.5m.
HR Owen has acquired the business and assets of an Audi car franchise in Wandsworth from the Dutton-Forshaw subsidiary of Lookers for £1.1m.
Toyota has confirmed that its Deeside plant will make the engines for the new hybrid version of the Auris car.
Nissan has started producing a new engine at its Sunderland plant, as part of a £15m investment that could create up to 200 new jobs by 2013.
Hampson Industries has sold Hampson Precision Automotive to a new company backed by GIL Investments for £2.5m.
SMA Group has unveiled plans for the multi-million pound expansion of its vehicle auction centre in Leeds by the end of the year.
Sytner has agreed a deal with McLaren Automotive to sell the new MP4-12C sports car at a new location in Manchester, and the car will also be sold in London and Birmingham.
Insurethebox is to create 150 jobs at a new motor insurance service centre on the Quorum Business Park in North Tyneside over the next three years.
DM Keith has acquired Martyn Beever, the operator of Skoda and Seat car franchises in York, for undisclosed terms.
BMW is said to be considering a number of potential locations in the M1 corridor for a new 450,000 sq ft distribution centre.
Browns Coachworks is planning to expand its emergency vehicle manufacturing business in Lisburn over the next 18 months, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Nifco UK, the Stockton-based manufacturer of plastic car parts, is considering three potential locations to open a second £8m factory, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Swansway Motors is to create 20 jobs at a new Peugeot car dealership due to open in Chester later this month.
Riversimple has agreed a deal with Leicester City Council to operate a trial of 30 hydrogen-fuelled cars from 2012.
BMW is to submit plans for a "substantial investment" in the expansion of its Mini car plant in Oxford over the next two years.
Just Car Clinics has acquired a 10,000 sq ft car accident repair business in Keighley, with the transfer of 19 staff.
Vertu Motors is to acquire two Ford and Mazda car dealerships in Glasgow and Hamilton from Shields Automotive for up to £2.5m.
Changan, the Chinese car manufacturer, is to set up a research and development centre at Nottingham Science Park later this year, and the initial 30-strong workforce could rise to 300 by 2013.
Nexus Vehicle Rental has acquired Adapted Vehicle Hire, the car rental firm with sites in Chorley and Uxbridge, for undisclosed terms.
Trafficmaster, the supplier of satellite navigation systems, is to be acquired by US private equity firm Vector Capital for £73m.
Harratts is to open a new Peugeot car dealership on Scott Hall Road in Leeds in June.
TravelJigsaw, the Manchester-based online car rental firm with 120 staff, has been acquired by Priceline of the US for more than £90m.
Jaguar Land Rover is in negotiations to sell its Veneer Manufacturing Centre in Coventry to Lawrence Automotive Interiors, with the transfer of up to 390 staff.
Nationwide Accident Repair Services has acquired a 15,000 sq ft vehicle repair site in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, taking its total network to 73.
Vincent Group has sold the business and assets of its Yeovil-based car dealership, including SMV Commercials, out of administration to the owner of Exeter-based Brooklands.
Vertu Motors is looking to acquire up to ten more car dealerships in Scotland over the next three years, in order to expand its Macklin Motors brand.
Land Rover is to create 275 new agency jobs at its car factory in Solihull, following a rise in demand.
Tustain Motors has bought two Vauxhall car dealerships in Northumberland, and is now looking to acquire further sites across the North and Midlands.
Guest Trucks has acquired three truck dealership sites in Boston, Cambridge and Peterborough from TC Harrison for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 37 staff.
ThyssenKrupp Tallent is to create more than 100 new jobs at its car parts factory in Cannock.
Stoneacre is to set up a new headquarters for its car dealership business and 60 staff at a new office development being planned for Capitol Park near Doncaster.
Limo Broker is to create ten new sales and call centre jobs in Cardiff, in order to support the nationwide expansion of its limo hire business.
Streetcar, the car sharing club, is to be acquired by Zipcar of the US for undisclosed terms.
Klarius is to relocate the headquarters of its automotive parts distribution business from Blackpool to Voyager House near Manchester Airport by the end of May.
Pilkington Automotive has acquired Glasstox, the automotive glass distributor with about 60 staff in Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newmarket and Rotherham, for undisclosed terms.
Easi-Drive is looking to double the 95-strong workforce at its Manchester-based accident management services business over the next two years, as part of a £1.5m investment in a new 15,000 sq ft headquarters and a 10,000 sq ft depot.
Arnold Clark is creating 25 new jobs at its Motorstore outlets in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford, as part of a nationwide recruitment programme for up to 400 staff.
Hounslow Council is considering plans from Rymco to set up an Infiniti car dealership at a former dairy site on Sutton Lane North by 2011.
Gilder Group has agreed a £4m working capital arrangement with Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets to fund the expansion of its Sheffield-based chain of car dealerships.
Wolverhampton City Council is considering plans from Barnshaws Structural to develop a car auction site for Scottish Motor Auctions at Bradley, which could create 135 jobs.
JCT600 is looking to recruit 20 additional sales executives at its car dealerships in Bradford, Castleford, Chesterfield, Hull, Leeds, Menston, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.
Wayside Group has acquired an Audi car dealership in Peterborough for undisclosed terms.
Vertu Motors has acquired the Johnston of Renfrewshire Peugeot car dealership in Paisley for up to £2.1m, and will rebrand the site as Macklin Motors.
Euro Car Parts is to open a new car parts distribution centre at the Birch Coppice Business Park in the West Midlands over the next few weeks.
East of England Co-op is to sell its last remaining Citroen car dealership in King's Lynn to Duff Morgan of Norwich, with the transfer of 22 staff.
Euro Car Parts is planning to expand its chain of 62 car parts distribution branches with nine new outlets this year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Andrew Page, the Leeds-based vehicle parts distributor with 1,100 staff and 46 branches, has been acquired by Phoenix Equity Partners.
Nationwide Accident Repair Services is planning to expand its fleet of 42 mobile crash repair vans to 200 over the next three years.
Vauxhall has indicated that its Ellesmere Port factory could be used to produce the new Ampera electric car from 2013.
McLaren Automotive has confirmed plans to invest up to £750m in the production of high-performance sports cars in Woking over the next five years.
Nissan has announced that its new Leaf electric car will be produced at its plant in Sunderland from 2013, having secured a £21m government grant and £220m from the European Investment Bank.
Ford has obtained government financial backing for a £1.5bn investment in the production of cleaner engines, which will secure the future of about 2,800 jobs at its research centre in Dunton and factories in Dagenham, Bridgend and Southampton.
Ginetta has acquired Farbio Sports Cars, the South Gloucestershire-based sports car manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Fleet Auction Group is planning to expand its Leicestershire-based car auction business by opening three new sites, and is currently considering two potential locations in the South.
Autopod Solutions UK is planning to create 36 jobs in the North East, in order to produce multi-storey towers that enable car dealerships to increase showroom space.
Jaguar Land Rover is looking to recruit an additional 50 engineers this year, and is particularly interested in those with experience in hybrid engines, software and electrical technology.
JCT600 has acquired three Audi car dealerships in Boston, Grimsby and Lincoln from Bramall & Jones for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 155 staff.
Group 1 Automotive of the US has acquired the Barons BMW and Mini car dealerships in Farnborough and Hindhead for undisclosed terms, taking its UK network to five sites.
Foray Motor Group of Salisbury has acquired Hine Motors, the Shaftesbury-based Ford car dealership, taking its total network to nine.
Michelin has secured a £3.9m government grant to go towards the £20m modernisation of its tyre plant in Stoke-on-Trent over the next five years, including new equipment and extended premises.
Sytner is considering plans to build a £1m after-sales centre at its Bentley Leicester luxury car dealership in Syston by January 2011.
Lansdowne Venture Group, the owner of the Brighton-based RED driving school with 400 staff, is to be bought out of administration by private equity firm Kelso Place.
Halfords has acquired Nationwide Autocentres for £73m, and plans to expand the Solihull-based chain of 224 car repair outlets with 25 new sites a year.
SMA Group is to open a vehicle auction centre in Birmingham this summer, and also aims to open its first site in southern England in 2011.
Go Instruct has secured a £2m bank finance package to fund the expansion of its Lancashire-based car rental business, and will acquire a further 150 vehicles this year.
Marshall Motor Group is to acquire Francis Group, the chain of Seat, Suzuki and Honda car dealerships in Leicestershire, with the transfer of 85 staff.
East of England Co-operative Society has sold its Peugeot car dealership in King's Lynn to local firm Walkers, with the transfer of 20 staff.
TG Holdcroft has won planning permission to set up a new vehicle storage site near its Leek Road dealership in Stoke-on-Trent by April 2011.
Klarius has acquired Quinton Hazell, the Leicestershire-based car parts manufacturer, from Affinia of the US for undisclosed terms.
Romax Technology has secured £1m of government funding to expand its Nottingham-based hybrid vehicle technology business.
Nissan is to add an extra production shift at its car plant in Sunderland, with the creation of 400 temporary jobs.
Ridgeway Group has acquired two former Motorworld Volkswagen car dealerships in Oxford from Johnson Cars, increasing its total workforce from 650 to 740.
Jardine Motors has expanded its chain of 50 car dealerships with the acquisition of a Land Rover site in Welwyn Garden City from Pilling Motor Group for undisclosed terms.
Toyoda Gosei of Japan is planning to set up a car parts factory at the former Valeo site in Swansea by 2011, which could create up to 600 jobs.
Crash Services is planning to set up a network of crash repair sites in Northern Ireland, starting with a site in Newry and the creation of 20 jobs.
Wilsons Auctions is investing £2m in the expansion of its car auction sites in Telford and Queensferry, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Vertu Motors is to acquire the Dunfermline Autocentre Ford car dealership for £2.7m, in order to expand its Bristol Street First Investments subsidiary.
Benfield Motor Group has acquired a Hyundai car dealership in Kirkstall Road, Leeds, taking its total network to 31 sites.
Car-Comm Aid, the Staffordshire-based vehicle repair company, has been acquired by Fast Line Bodies for undisclosed terms, and expects to create 16 new jobs this year.
Arbury is planning to open a new £1m car dealership at a former Europcar rental centre in Coventry.