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Motor - 2011
Road Range has sold its Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealerships in Merseyside and North Wales to a management buy-out, and a new £1.5m site will open in Deeside in June.
Honda is to create 500 new jobs at its car factory in Swindon, in order to produce a new version of the Civic hatchback.
Cobra UK is to create 49 jobs at its car parts factories in Welshpool and Whitchurch, having won a £12m contract from Vauxhall Motors.
Chorley Nissan Group is planning to expand its car dealership in Wigan onto a new site by 2013, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Northgate is creating 80 jobs at the Darlington headquarters of its van hire business, as part of a reorganisation that will lead to job losses at some other sites.
Toyota is to create 1,500 new jobs at its car factory in Derby over the next two years, in order to produce a new generation of hatchbacks.
Loders Motor Group has been acquired by Heritage Automotive, including car dealerships in Dorchester and Yeovil.
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is in discussions with the Heads of the Valley Development Company about proposals to build a £200m motor racing circuit at Ebbw Vale.
MIRA has won approval for the £300m expansion of its Hinckley-based engineering and testing facilities over the next ten years, with the creation of more than 2,000 jobs.
Michelin is to invest £50m in the expansion of production at its tyre factories in Dundee, Stoke and Ballymena over the next six years, with the creation of 140 jobs in Dundee.
Tetrosyl has bought Godfrey Automotive Parts, the Grimsby-based chain of seven car parts stores with 77 staff, out of administration for an estimated £1m.
CarShop has won permission to set up a £6m car showroom in a disused factory in Norwich by next June, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create more than 1,000 new jobs at its Land Rover plant in Solihull, with vacancies for production operators and skilled trades people.
Ocean Automotive has bought the Yeovil Audi car dealership from the Loders Motor Group, with the transfer of 35 staff.
Halfords is to relocate the head office of its Autocentres business from Solihull to its main site in Redditch next spring.
Easi-Drive is to open its fourth accident management depot at Horsham in West Sussex this month.
Kings Road Tyres, the Hayes-based tyre distributor with 12 depots, has undergone a £15m management buy-out backed by GE Capital.
Radical has raised £10m from investors to fund the expansion of its Peterborough-based sports car manufacturing business.
BMW is planning a multi-million pound investment at its Hams Hall engine factory near Coleshill, securing the future of 800 jobs.
Inchcape is to set up a Volkswagen car dealership at a 33,000 sq ft site in Telford.
Zytek Automotive is to invest £3.6m in the expansion of its vehicle technology business near Lichfield, with the creation of 40 jobs.
EMaC, the Crewe-based provider of service plans to the motor trade with 55 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Matrix Private Equity.
Getrag Ford has secured RGF funding of £3.6m to expand production at its car transmissions factory in Halewood, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Lotus has secured £10m from the Regional Growth Fund to expand its Norfolk-based sports car manufacturing business, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is planning to expand its Solihull factory with new production and warehouse facilities on a 940,000 sq ft site over the next two years.
Penso is to create 30 new jobs at its Coventry-based automotive engineering business.
Benfield Motor Group has acquired Colebrook & Burgess, the Audi car dealer with 279 staff at sites in Newcastle, Stockton and Sunderland.
Sertec Group is to expand the 275-strong workforce at its Birmingham-based automotive components business with 25 jobs, having won a new contract from Jaguar Land Rover.
Caterham Cars is to create 60 jobs at a new engineering division at the Hethel Engineering Centre in Norfolk over the next year.
Movac Group has bought three Hex Holdings vehicle refurbishment sites in Coventry, Nottingham and Spalding out of administration.
DWS Bodyworks, the chain of vehicle repair sites across the South East, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Vindis Group has acquired the Peterborough Audi car dealership from Jardine Motors.
Euro Car Parts, the Wembley-based chain of 89 car parts outlets with 3,500 staff, has been acquired by LKQ Corporation of the US for £225m.
Lear Corporation of the US is to open a new £10m factory to make foam for car seats in Sunderland by the end of the year, with the creation of about 300 jobs.
TMD Friction, the owner of a brake materials factory in Hartlepool with 380 staff, has been acquired by Nisshinbo Holdings of Japan.
Chargemaster has secured a £2.7m equity investment to fund the development of electric vehicle charging points in 100 towns and cities over the next 18 months.
CPP Global Holdings of Coventry has been selected by Healey Sports Cars Switzerland to design and build a new Jensen Interceptor sports car by 2014.
Prodrive is to relocate the Banbury headquarters of its motorsport engineering business and up to 450 staff to a site on Southam Road, and 100 new jobs will be created over the next year.
Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to build a £355m engine factory in Wolverhampton, with the creation of up to 750 jobs.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is to invest £10m expanding its factory in Goodwood by 27,000 sq ft by the end of next year.
Unipart has sold a 50.1% stake in its car parts and workshop equipment distribution division to private equity firm H2 for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 200 jobs in Oxford.
Cambria Automobiles has acquired a Vauxhall car dealership in Southampton, taking its network to 27 sites.
Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Services is planning to expand the workforce at its Trowbridge-based vehicle hire business from 85 to 150, and also wants to relocate to a site near the White Horse Business Park.
Johnsons Cars is to invest £10m in the development of three new car dealerships at a four-acre site in Solihull.
ThyssenKrupp Tallent has won permission to build a 15,000 sq ft extension at its car parts factory in Newton Aycliffe by spring 2012, with the creation of 120 jobs.
CPP Global Holdings is to acquire a 23-acre site at Browns Lane in Coventry, and hopes to redevelop the site for car production with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
Vertu Motors has acquired Widnes Car Centre, including a Nissan car dealership and a mobility vehicle conversion business, for £3.2m.
RL Polk is setting up a 7,600 sq ft office for its automotive data and marketing solutions business at the Verulam Point office building in St Albans.
McLaren is looking to build two more factories in the UK to develop its Formula One technology for other industries over the next five years.
Sertec Group has acquired the Tyseley division of DPE Automotive for undisclosed terms, including 106 staff and a 110,000 sq ft car parts factory.
Leacy MG, the Birmingham-based supplier of classic car components, has been acquired by Hicorp95 for undisclosed terms.
Nifco UK is to relocate its car parts factory to a larger £8.5m site in Stockton in October, and a further £11m will be invested in plant and machinery.
Lookers is seeking acquisitions to expand its Manchester-based chain of 119 car dealerships, and will also develop its parts division and move further into the prestige vehicles sector.
Cobra UK is to create up to 50 jobs at its car parts factories in Whitchurch and Welshpool, having won new contracts worth £20m.
BA Bush & Son is planning to expand its Horncastle-based chain of 17 tyre dealerships to 20 by the end of the year.
The AA has acquired Intelligent Data Sytems, the Harrogate-based fleet management service with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Lookers is reported to have shortlisted three sites in south Manchester for a new 20,000 sq ft headquarters for its car dealership network.
ADR Accident Repair is looking to expand its chain of 11 car repair centres, having just acquired the Bodymaster site in Halesowen.
AVID is looking to set up a larger factory for its electric vehicles business in the Cramlington area over the next year, and is also expanding the 40-strong workforce.
Norton Motorcycles is planning to double production at its Derbyshire-based motorcycles factory to 1,000 a year, and the workforce will double to 60.
HR Owen has acquired Broughtons of Cheltenham, the chain of three Bentley dealerships and one Aston Martin franchise, for £1.5m.
Nissan is to create a further 200 new jobs for engineers and maintenance technicians at its car factory in Sunderland.
Motorclean, the Essex-based provider of car valet services at 300 sites across the country, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Matrix Private Equity Partners.
Peugeot UK is to relocate its Coventry-based car parts operation to a new warehouse in Browns Lane in October 2012.
General Motors is reported to be considering locating the mass production of the new EN-V two-wheel electric car in the UK.
Ogilvie Fleet has expanded its car fleet management operations in Northern Ireland with the acquisition of the corporate division of Contraflex Contract Hire & Leasing.
Jet Total Vehicle Solutions is to relocate its Warwickshire-based vehicle remarketing business to a larger 300,000 sq ft unit on Long Marston Business Park this summer, with the creation of up to 90 jobs.
Surface Generation is looking to create up to 120 jobs at its vehicle parts technology business in Rutland over the next five years.
E-PPL of Nuneaton is forming a partnernship with Telford-based Autoscan, in order to improve their staffing services to the automotive sector and create up to 250 jobs over the next two years.
Aviva is to sell RAC, the Birmingham-based roadside assistance business with about 4,000 staff, to Carlyle Group for £1bn.
Ctrack is setting up a new office for its vehicle tracking business at the 5,000 sq ft Park House at Headingley business park in Leeds.
John Clark Motor Group is to invest £6m in the development of a new Land Rover dealership at Newbridge in Edinburgh.
Cobra UK is planning to expand the 49-strong workforce at its automotive trim products factory in Welshpool with 50 new jobs, having won contracts to supply Thailand, Brazil and Indonesia.
Avis Europe, the car hire group, has agreed to be acquired by Avis Budget of the US for £636m.
Jaguar Land Rover is to select the i54 Business Park in Wolverhampton as the preferred location for a new 800,000 sq ft engine plant, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Inchcape has sold its Kia car dealership in Burton to a management team, securing 26 jobs.
BMW is to invest £500m at its car factories in Oxford, Swindon and Birmingham over the next three years, in order to produce a new Mini and secure the future of more than 5,000 jobs.
Nissan is to invest £192m in the development of a new version of its Qashqai car, which will secure 1,000 jobs at its factory in Sunderland and 500 at its design centre in Cranfield.
Lookers, the chain of 71 car dealerships, is in negotiations to be acquired by the Trefick consortium for about £300m.
Aston Martin is to transfer production of the four-door Rapide car from Austria to its Gaydon factory in Warwickshire in 2012.
Harratts Group has won planning permission to build a £3m 12,000 sq ft Honda showroom at Calder Park in Wakefield by December, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Jardine Motors has bought three Toyota car dealerships in Colchester, Frinton and Ipswich, and a Lexus site in Ipswich, from Thorndale Investments for undisclosed terms.
Gurit is to create up to 40 jobs at its factory on the Isle of Wight over the next year, having won a contract to supply car body panels.
Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines is seeking permission to expand its racing engines factory in Northamptonshire with four new temporary buildings, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Halfords has identified up to 600 potential locations for its recently-acquired Nationwide Autocentres car servicing business.
GT Group is planning to expand the workforce at its exhaust gas control systems factory in County Durham from 300 to 500 over the next three years.
Commercial Clutch Services has been sold out of administration by MCR to HGV Direct, securing eight jobs at its Birmingham-based commercial vehicle spare parts business.
Vertu Motors is to open a new Nissan car dealership in south Glasgow in July, and further acquisitions will expand its chain of 77 sites over the coming months.
Jaguar Land Rover is to invest £5bn in product development and new equipment for its three car factories over the next five years.
Beechdale Motors, the Derby-based Alfa Romeo, Hyundai and Isuzu car dealership, has undergone a management buy-out.
Caterham Cars, the Surrey-based manufacturer of racing cars with about 100 staff, has been acquired by the Malaysian owner of the Lotus Formula One Team for undisclosed terms.
BMW is to open a 450,000 sq ft car parts distribution centre at ProLogis Park in Northampton by January 2012, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is said to be considering Wolverhampton, South Wales and India as potential locations to build a new engine plant, with the creation of about 1,000 jobs.
Bristol Cars has been bought out of administration by the Kampkorp Autokraft division of Frazer-Nash.
ETMA Engineering is to create up to 20 jobs at its car parts factory in Halesowen, having won a contract to produce arm rests for Mercedes cars.
Bentley is looking to create an unspecified number of jobs at its Crewe-based luxury car manufacturing business, with vacancies in production, quality control, sales and marketing.
Park's Motor Group is to invest £1m in the expansion of its car dealership in Dreghorn, Ayrshire, including a new Nissan franchise and the creation of 25 jobs.
Tyneside Autoparc is creating 35 new jobs at its used-car supermarket in Newcastle.
Jaguar Land Rover is looking to recruit up to 160 purchasing staff at its sites in Gaydon and Whitley.
Klarius Group is planning to open 16 new automotive parts depots across Europe over the next year.
Arnold Clark is to recruit up to 50 new staff for three car dealerships in Staffordshire.
Jaguar Land Rover is to create up to 1,000 automotive engineering jobs in the West Midlands over the next two years.
JCT600 is seeking 47 additional staff to work at its 48 car dealerships in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire.
Tesco is launching an online second-hand car sales business, which will deliver former rental cars directly to customers.
Evida Power of the US is to create up to 20 jobs at a new headquarters for its automotive battery packs business in Coventry by 2012.
Tata Motors is to invest up to £50m at its automotive research and development centre at the University of Warwick over the next two years, with the creation of 100 engineering jobs.
Skoda UK is looking to double the size of its car dealership operations over the next few years, and existing sites will be improved.
General Motors is to invest £160m in the production of a new Vivaro van model at the Vauxhall factory in Luton, securing the future of more than 1,100 jobs.
Futaba-Tenneco is to create an unspecified number of new jobs at its car parts factory in Burnley, having won a contract that will also secure the future of the existing 200-strong workforce.
Marshall Motor Group is to acquire four car dealerships in Welwyn Garden City and Milton Keynes from Pilling Motor Group.
BF1systems, the Diss-based supplier of motorsport products with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Spire Automotive has acquired the Hatfield Peugeot car dealership from ASE for undisclosed terms.
Halfords is planning to expand its network of garages to 400 by opening 30 sites a year over the next five years, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Bowler Off Road, the Belper-based off-road vehicle manufacturer, has been acquired by CPP Global for undisclosed terms, and production will transfer to CPP in Coventry.
North Eastern Tyre & Exhausts, the Middlesbrough-based tyre retailer with 360 staff, has been acquired by Stapleton's Tyre Services for undisclosed terms.
Lookers has acquired Get Motoring UK, the Buckinghamshire-based vehicle leasing firm trading as Vehicle Rental Services.
McKechnie Plastic Components is creating 85 jobs at its factories in Stamford Bridge and Pickering, having won a £80m contract to supply car parts to Land Rover.
RRG Group is to invest up to £10m in the expansion of its Salford-based chain of 19 car dealerships over the next five years, including acquisitions and new franchises.
Westfield Sportscars is to create up to 50 new jobs in Kingswinford, having agreed a £30m production contract with DRB-HICOM of Malaysia.
Trifords is to acquire certain trading assets and the brand name of Chesterfield-based Auto Windscreens out of administration, saving 250 jobs.
Brindley Garages has acquired a Volvo car dealership in Stourbridge from Johnson Group for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 15 staff.
Jaguar Land Rover is to create about 1,500 jobs at its Halewood plant on Merseyside, in order to produce the new Evoque model.
Kwik-Fit, the car repair chain with 4,600 staff at 673 branches, is to be acquired by Itochu Corporation of Japan for £637m.
Vertu Motors has acquired the Patricks of Durham car dealership for £1.5m.
Icona Solutions of Manchester is looking to set up a prototype design consultancy office in County Durham or Teesside, in order to supply Nissan in Sunderland.
Michelin is planning a multi-million pound investment in new machinery at its tyre factory in Dundee, with the creation of 140 jobs over the next 18 months.
Spyker Cars is in negotiations to sell its sports car business to CPP Global Holdings of Coventry for about £27m, which could lead to new jobs being created in Coventry.
County Coachbuilders Automotive, the Barrow-based vehicle repair firm with 27 staff, has been acquired by the owner of Lancashire Bodyshop.
Prodrive is looking to recruit a further 30 automotive technicians at its motorsports business in Kenilworth, in order to start producing a limited-edition luxury car.
Teradyne Diagnostics Solutions, the vehicle testing firm with 200 staff in Manchester, Belgium, Germany, Japan and the US, has been acquired by SPX Corporation of the US for undisclosed terms.
Inova Power is linking up with the University of Sunderland to commercialise its new electric vehicle technology, and expects to create about 50 jobs over the next 18 months.
RH Commercial Vehicles of Nottingham is looking to open three additional truck dealerships across the Midlands.
Stadco is to set up a new car parts factory on the 18-acre former Ogihara site in Telford, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Guest Trucks has acquired Sherwood Truck & Van, the chain of truck dealerships in Alfreton, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke, for undisclosed terms.
Burnt Tree Vehicle Rental is to invest more than £60m in new vehicles for its nationwide network this year.
British School of Motoring, the Bristol-based driving school with 280 staff and 2,100 franchised instructors at 71 centres, has been bought out of administration by Acromas, the private equity firm that owns the AA.
Lotus has submitted plans to build a new 61,000 sq ft motorsports centre and 16,000 sq ft engineering facility at its Hethel site in Norfolk, as part of an expansion programme that will create up to 500 jobs.
Burrows Recovery is to set up a new vehicle recovery depot on a 1.5-acre site on Lenton Lane in Nottingham.
MIRA has won permission to build a new control tower at its vehicle testing site in Warwickshire, with the creation of up to 70 jobs this year.
Nifco UK is seeking permission to build a new £7m car parts factory at its site in Stockton, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Gilder Group has acquired the Heron Volkswagen cars and commercial vehicles dealership in Newark for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 50 staff.
Unipres UK is planning to set up a £3m automotive metal stampings plant at Tyseley Park in Birmingham, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Bracknell Forest Council is to consider plans for the development of a Honda car dealership at Brants Bridge.
Quartix is to expand the workforce at its Powys-based vehicle tracking devices business from ten to 37.
John McGavigan has secured an undisclosed funding package from Maven Capital Partners to expand its automotive parts manufacturing business, including a new factory in China and increased production in Glasgow.
Remit is looking to expand the workforce at its Nottingham-based automotive training business from 140 to about 400 over the next three years.
Williams Group has secured funding of £20m to expand its chain of ten car showrooms with new sites in the Greater Manchester area.
National Autoparts is to relocate from Nottingham to an 81,000 sq ft distribution centre in Alfreton over the next few months.
Radical Sportcars is looking to expand the 120-strong workforce at its Peterborough-based car manufacturing business, with vacancies for mechanics and assemblers.
Lookers has sold three Honda dealerships in Liverpool, Southport and Warrington to Clare James Automotive for undisclosed terms.
Keltruck has acquired Silurian Scania, the Cardiff-based Scania truck dealership, taking its network of depots to 21.
Arnold Clark has acquired Delmore Cars, the Inverness-based Skoda car dealership.
Tanfield Group has sold its Smith Electric Vehicles division to its US partner Sevus, in a £9.7m deal that will see Tanfield retain a stake in the enlarged group.