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City Motor Holdings, the chain of car dealerships with 250 staff in Basingstoke, Newbury and Reading, has undergone a management buy-out backed by RCapital.
Chapelhouse Motor is to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its five car dealerships in 2013, including the refurbishment of sites in Southport, Warrington and St Helens.
Markerstudy Group has acquired Vision Vehicle Solutions, the Maidenhead-based accident management company.
Nissan is to invest £250m in a new production line for the Infiniti model at its car plant in Sunderland, with the creation of 280 jobs.
Vertu Motors has acquired the Nidd Vale Vauxhall car dealership in Harrogate for £0.8m, securing the future of 51 jobs, and will relocate the business to Knaresborough.
Chargemaster is to acquire Elektromotive, the Brighton-based electric car charging station manufacturer, for £8.5m.
Hankook Tyre UK is expanding its Daventry-based tyre distribution business with a new 150,000 sq ft warehouse on the Heartlands industrial estate.
Solera Holdings has acquire Carweb, the supplier of vehicle history and technical data products, in order to expand its HPI business.
Robinsons Motor Group has acquired the Cooks Motor VW and Citroen car dealership in Peterborough for undisclosed terms.
Kia Motors UK is to build a four-storey car dealership in Brentford, London, by 2014.
JCT600 is to expand its Audi and VW dealerships in Hull with a £2.5m investment in a new 3.4-acre site.
Peter Vardy is to open a used car supermarket on a six-acre site at Hillington in Glasgow next year.
Aston Martin has sold a £150m stake in its Warwickshire-based luxury car business to Italian private equity firm InvestIndustrial, which will lead to a £500m investment in new products over the next five years.
Peter Vardy has acquired Land Rover, Porsche and Jaguar car dealerships in Aberdeen for undisclosed terms.
Tata Steel and Productiv have secured government funding to set up a new automotive proving facility at Rotherham in 2013.
RRG Group has bought Toyota car dealerships in Bradford, Huddersfield and Silsden, and a Lexus site in Bradford, from West Riding Motor Group for £10m.
Arnold Clark acquired the Moorland Motors Vauxhall car dealership in Blackpool for undisclosed terms.
Inchcape Estates has awarded a £3.9m contract to Robertson to build a new Volkswagen car dealership in Chester by summer 2013.
Vertu Motors has acquired the Springfield Honda franchises in Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland for £3.7m.
McLaren has won permission to build a new 640,000 sq ft technology centre at its sports car headquarters in Woking, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
AutoRestore has bought ADR Group, the Midlands-based chain of 11 accident repair centres with 300 staff, for undisclosed terms.
TRW is planning to expand the 515-strong workforce at its Peterlee-based car parts manufacturing business with 170 jobs over the next few years, and a new 20,000 sq ft warehouse will open by March.
Cab Automotive is investing £1.7m in new equipment at its car parts factory in Tipton, having won a new contract to supply seats and interior trims.
KN Wheels, the Telford-based alloy wheel manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Specialist Car Products.
ElringKlinger is to invest £2m in new equipment for its car parts factory in Redcar, with the creation of 12 jobs.
Westdrive Kia is to invest £1m in the expansion of its car dealership in Braintree by next March, with the creation of ten jobs.
Car Care Plan, the West Yorkshire-based car warranty company, has been acquired by Am Trust Financial Services for £44m.
Autoclenz Holdings is to sell its car valeting and vehicle preparation operating businesses to a management team for £4m.
Harratts is to relocate its Kia and Mitsubishi car franchises in Wakefield to larger sites, with the creation of ten jobs.
Manheim has acquired Dealer Auction, the online trade-to-trade vehicle remarketing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Burrows Motor Company has acquired the Sheffield Fiat and Mazda car dealership from GK Group.
Meritor is to create 100 new jobs at its car parts factory in Cwmbran over the next five years, as part of a £36m expansion project.
Greentomatocars is planning to launch a fleet of 50 all-electric minicabs in London, in partnership with Chinese manufacturer BYD.
Cab Automotive is to expand the 245-strong workforce at its car parts factory in Tipton with 66 new jobs.
NSK Bearings Europe is to invest £27m in the expansion of its car parts factory in Peterlee, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Swansway Group is to build a £4.5m Land Rover car dealership at the Prime Point 14 industrial park in Stafford by 2015, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Tallent Automotive is planning to build a new 60,000 sq ft car parts factory at its site in Cannock by 2014, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Vantec Europe is to create an unspecified number of engineering jobs at its site in Sunderland, having won a contract to supply a Nissan car factory in Russia.
Goodyear Dunlop is considering the possibility of relocating its motorsport tyre operation and 300 jobs away from Birmingham, following a dispute with its landlord.
Doyles Commercial Body Building is looking to create ten new jobs at its van manufacturing business in Leicestershire.
Tesla Motors is seeking a suitable 4,000 sq ft location in London's West End for its first electric car store.
Induction Technology Group is to relocate its Coventry-based automotive air filters business to the Middemarch Business Park at Baginton, where 30 staff will work on a shared site with JE Engineering.
Albion Automotive is investing £3.6m in the expansion of its vehicle parts manufacturing and engineering centre in Glasgow, securing the future of 80 jobs.
Heads of the Valleys Development Company has acquired FTR Moto, the Buckingham-based motorcycle manufacturer, for undisclosed terms, and hopes to relocate the business to Wales.
VW Group UK is planning to build a £9.5m multi-franchise car showroom in Llandudno Junction, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Reflex & Allen is to expand the 210-strong workforce at its truck parts factory in Bodelwyddan with 50 new jobs over the next few months.
Partspeed is looking to create up to 40 jobs at its new 40,000 sq ft car parts factory on the Forge Lane Industrial Estate in Maesteg.
Arnold Clark is to sell the Aberdeen-based commercial vehicle division of John R Weir to TOM for about £3m, with the transfer of 35 staff.
Lookers is to relocate its Mercedes car dealership in Crawley to a new site in early 2013.
South Northants Council is to consider plans to build a motorsports college at Silverstone, which would provide training courses to 576 people.
Andrew Page is to invest £3m in a refurbishment programme for its network of automotive parts depots.
Aromet Group is to invest £3m in the expansion of its tyre products plant in Lisburn, with the creation of 32 jobs.
RRG is looking to double its chain of 20 car dealerships in the North West over the next three years.
Desira Group has acquired the former Marshalls Peugeot car dealership in Bury St Edmunds.
Stapletons Tyre Services is planning to relocate its Coatbridge-based tyre supply operation to a 71,000 sq ft warehouse at the Eurocentral business park.
Cox Motor Group is to invest £3m in the expansion of its car dealerships in Preston, Blackpool and Morecambe, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Honda is to invest £267m in the expansion of production at its car plant in Swindon, in order to produce new models and secure the future of the 3,500-strong workforce.
University of Warwick has secured government funding to set up a new £13m research centre to develop electric and hybrid vehicle batteries.
Drayton Group is planning to build a £3m Mercedes-Benz car dealership in Shrewsbury.
Impetus Automotive, the Warwick-based automotive consultancy, has undergone a management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.
Vertu is to acquire three car dealerships in Bradford, Derby and Ilkeston from Co-operative Motor Group.
Arnold Clark has acquired John R Weir, the chain of car dealerships with 321 staff in Aberdeen, Dundee, Grangemouth, Inverness and Perth, for undisclosed terms.
Castalum is to expand the 150-strong workforce at its Welshpool-based car components factory, having won a new contract.
Euro Car Parts has announced the opening of a new 141,000 sq ft car parts warehouse at the Tetron Industrial Park in Swadlincote in September, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Epm Technology is planning to expand the 80-strong workforce at its Derbyshire-based automotive components business to 95 by the end of the year.
Jemca Car Group has acquired three Lexus and Toyota car dealerships in Reading and Bracknell from Octagon Motor Company for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 110 staff.
Tallent Automotive is creating 50 new jobs at its car parts factory in Cannock.
Heads of the Valleys Development Company has unveiled details of the proposed £250m motor racing track in Rassau, including a research park, training academy and 6,000 jobs.
Jardine Motors has acquired Toyota and Lexus car dealerships in Cambridge from Turner Motor Group for undisclosed terms.
Bowker Motor Group is to open a new non-franchise car dealership in Osbaldeston, Lancashire, in September, with the creation of ten jobs.
Pirelli Group is to invest £9m in the expansion of its tyre factory in Carlisle, as part of an investment in its UK sites that will create 34 new jobs.
Fleet Auction Group has acquired Protruck Auctions, the Doncaster-based vehicle auction firm with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Sinclair Group is to set up a new Volkswagen car dealership on Langdon Road in Swansea by next year, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Federal Mogul is planning to expand its camshaft factory in Lydney, as part of a £40m project that will also include an Asda supermarket and 250 new jobs.
Unity Automotive has acquired the Carstins Subaru and Isuzu car dealerships in the West Midlands for undisclosed terms.
Caffyns is acquiring a £0.6m site in Worthing to build a new Volkswagen car dealership.
NCI Vehicle Rescue is planning to expand the 72-strong workforce at its Harrogate-based vehicle recovery and insurance business with 25 new jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to create 1,100 new jobs at its Castle Bromwich car factory in Birmingham.
DTR VMS is to relocate its car parts business and up to 187 jobs from Chippenham to the White Horse Business Park in Trowbridge.
Vertu has acquired the assets of two Ford dealerships in Durham and Hartlepool from Holiways for £3.5m, as well as a Suzuki dealership in Mansfield from Co-op Group Motors.
MG is planning to expand its UK car dealership network from 40 to 150 sites by 2015.
TG Holdcroft is to create 60 jobs at a new £6.2m Honda and Hyundai car dealership at Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port.
Autorama Group is planning to set up a franchised network of 25 commercial vehicle leasing centres this year.
Andrew Page has acquired Camberley Auto Factors, the chain of 26 automotive parts depots, for undisclosed terms.
Eagle Specialist Vehicles is to relocate its car conversion business and 62 staff from Bolton to a 52,000 sq ft unit at the Stratus Business Centre in Wigan.
County Car & Van Hire is planning to expand its Stockport-based chain of vehicle rental outlets with new sites in North Wales and West Yorkshire.
BMW is to invest £250m in the expansion of its automotive factories in Oxford, Birmingham and Swindon over the next three years, in order to increase production of the Mini.
Reflex & Allen has acquired Energi Products, the Rhyl-based car parts supplier with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Brose is planning to expand its car parts factory in Bedworth, with the creation of more than 200 jobs.
The DVLA is to create up to 450 jobs at its headquarters in Swansea, with the transfer of work from 39 closed regional offices.
Lookers has acquired Lomond Motors, the chain of Audi car dealerships in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Ayr, for £15m.
Futaba Industrial is to expand the 133-strong workforce at its car body panels factory in Derbyshire with up to 100 new jobs.
RMB Automotive is planning to expand its Stockton-based chain of five car dealerships with a new showroom in Northallerton by 2013.
Paul Rigby Volvo is to relocate a Birmingham-based car dealership to a new £2.5m 13,000 sq ft facility at Opus Aspect in 2013.
Motortrades.co.uk is to create 50 new jobs at its motoring directory services business in Colchester and Brentwood.
CAB Automotive is to increase production at its car interiors factory in Tipton by the end of the year, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Brunel Ford is to relocate its Bristol-based car dealership to a new 2.2-acre site at Northfields Business Park in early 2013.
Tetrosyl has bought the MotorMania chain of 11 car parts stores in the Midlands out of administration, with the transfer of 50 staff.
Stobart Group is to acquire Autologic, the Northampton-based automotive logistics firm, for £12m.
Truck, Trailer & Bus Components, the Bridgend-based vehicle components supplier with 13 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms, and is planning to open two new sites.
Lookers has acquired Fleet Financial, the Belfast-based fleet management company with 24 staff, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Charles Hurst business.
BMW has announced that its Hams Hall factory in Birmingham will produce the engines for the i8 hybrid sports car, helping to secure the 800 jobs at the site.
Halfords is planning to expand its chain of 261 Autocentres with 30 new sites a year, as part of an expansion programme that will create 1,000 jobs over the next three years.
CJ Automotive is planning to set up a VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda car dealership on a six-acre site in Llandudno by 2014, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Vauxhall is planning to produce a new Astra model at its car factory in Ellesmere Port, securing the future of 2,100 jobs.
Caterpillar Logistics Services, the car parts distributor with 600 staff in Leicestershire, has been acquired by private equity firm Platinum Equity in a £466m deal.
Jaguar Land Rover is to open a new 400,000 sq ft logistics centre operated by DHL at the Phoenix site in Ellesmere Port this summer, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Huf UK is to invest £1.1m in the expansion of its automotive locks factory in Tipton, and expects to create 110 jobs over the next three years.
Motorcycles Direct has acquired Colchester Kawasaki, the Essex-based motorcycle dealership.
Ridgeway Group has acquired Wood Group, the operator of three BMW and Mini car dealerships in Hampshire and Dorset.
Group 1 Automotive has acquired Essex Audi Group, the chain of six Audi car dealerships in East London and Essex, for undisclosed terms.
Unipart Automotive is to relocate its car parts distribution business and about 100 jobs from Oxford to Murdock Road in Bicester in September.
Jaguar Land Rover is to invest £200m in the expansion of its car plant at Castle Bromwich, in order to produce new Jaguar models and create up to 1,000 jobs.
Halliwell Jones has secured £7.6m to fund the expansion of its car dealerships in Chester, Southport and Warrington.
Top Right Group is to sell CAP, the provider of valuation services to the automotive sector, to private equity firm Montagu for more than £150m.
Andrew Page is opening a 6,100 sq ft vehicle components depot at Barnwood Point in Gloucester, taking its nationwide network to 64.
Jaguar Land Rover is said to be considering sites in Knowsley and Ellesmere Port for a new distribution centre, in order to free up space at its Halewood plant.
Baylis Automotive is looking to extend its Smethwick-based automotive components factory by a further 15,000 sq ft, having won a £35m contract that will also increase the 120-strong workforce.
Marshall has acquired a Jaguar car dealership in Lincoln from the Cooperative Society for undisclosed terms, taking its total network to 62 sites.
Digraph has acquired A1 Plant & Commercial, the Sheffield-based commercial vehicle parts supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Citroen is to relocate its UK headquarters from Slough to the Peugeot site in Coventry later this year.
Ascot Honda is to relocate its car dealership and 26 staff from Ascot to a larger site in Bracknell by the end of April.
Unipres UK is looking to create up to 200 new jobs at its Sunderland-based vehicle parts manufacturing business over the next two years.
Calsonic Kansei is to invest £15m in the expansion of its car parts factory in Sunderland, with the creation of 145 jobs.
Euro Car Parts is to open a car parts depot on the Stafford Park industrial estate in Telford in June, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Solomon Commercials has submitted plans to Rossendale Council to extend its temperature-controlled delivery vehicles manufacturing unit in Haslingden, increasing the 270-strong workforce with 12 new jobs.
Triumph Motorcycles is to create 40 new engineering jobs at its design centre in Hinckley.
Nissan has announced plans to produce a new hatchback car at its factory in Sunderland from 2014, with the creation of 225 jobs and a further 900 at component suppliers.
Sertec is planning to create 100 jobs at its Coleshill-based automotive components factory over the next 18 months.
Vantec of Japan is to set up a £22m 421,000 sq ft car parts warehouse at the Turbine Business Park in Sunderland, with the creation of 230 jobs by 2015.
Toyoda Gosei is looking to expand the workforce at its car parts factory near Swansea from 160 to 500 by 2017.
Jardine Motors has bought three Toyota car dealerships in Chelmsford, Rayleigh and Romford from Lookers for undisclosed terms.
Jaguar Land Rover is to start production of the new Jaguar F-type sports car at its factory in Castle Bromwich by 2013.
Bentley Motors is to create a further 250 new jobs at its Crewe-based luxury car manufacturing business, having secured £3m of government funding.
SMA is expanding its car fleet inspection service across the country, with the creation of 50 new jobs.
Vertu Motors is creating 19 new jobs at its Gateshead-based car dealership sales support centre.
Griffin Mill Garages is to set up a £2m Nissan car dealership on a five-acre site at Treforest Industrial Estate, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Financiere SNOP Dunois of France is to set up an automotive body parts factory at a former TRW Valves site in Sunderland later this year, with the creation of up to 130 jobs.
Egertons Recovery, the Cheshire-based vehicle recovery firm with 150 staff at 14 depots, has undergone a pre-pack administration through Duff & Phelps.
Universal Components UK, the Sheffield-based automotive parts manufacturer, has been acquired by TVS Europe Distribution.
Eden GM has acquired two former Seward Vauxhall car dealerships in Branksome and Christchurch out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Yasa Motors is looking to create up to 30 new jobs at its electric motors manufacturing facility in Didcot this year.
Jaguar Land Rover is to form an estimated £1.7bn joint venture with Chery to build a car factory and a research and development centre in Changshu, China.
Manheim has bought the Motors.co.uk online car sales business from Daily Mail & General Trust.
BMW is to create 150 new jobs at its Mini car factory in Oxford, in order to change the shift pattern.
Lancaster Toyota is planning to set up a new £3m car dealership in Colchester next year.
Volkswagen is planning to relocate its Colchester car dealership and 30 staff to Easter Park, with the creation of ten new jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is to create 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood car factory on Merseyside, in order to expand production of the Evoque and Freelander models.
Halfords Autocentres is planning to open 100 new sites over the next three years, to add to the existing 250.
Gordon Lamb Group has acquired a Skoda car dealership in Derby from Clock Garage, and will eventually relocate the business to a new site.
Cardone Industries of the US has sold its car parts manufacturing business in Wednesbury and Belgium to Borg Automotive of Denmark for undisclosed terms.
Tasca Tankers is to expand its Wakefield-based tanker manufacturing business with 20 new jobs and the acquisition of West Sussex-based Maidment Tankers.
Ford Retail is to open a new car dealership in Runcorn this summer, with the transfer of 38 staff from an existing site.
Benfield Motor Group is to open a new £5m Ford car dealership in Sunderland in January 2013, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Nissan is to invest £125m in the production of a new compact car at its factory in Sunderland by 2013, with the creation of 400 jobs and a further 1,600 in the supply chain.
Colt Car Company has sold its Colt Car Retail chain of 11 Mitsubishi car dealerships to VT Holdings of Japan for undisclosed terms.
Donington Park has appointed McKenzie Arnold to handle security and stewarding at its motor racing circuit, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Longton Avia is looking into the possibility of building a new truck assembly plant in Stoke-on-Trent by 2013, which could create hundreds of jobs.
Aston Martin is setting up a new distribution facility at the 80,000 sq ft Chase Point warehouse on Coventry's Gallagher Business Park.
Thurlow Nunn is to acquire two Hartwell Vauxhall car dealerships in Norwich.
Crawley Borough Council has approved plans to build a new Mercedes car showroom at Eastleigh House on Gatwick Road, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Tata Motors is expected to double its investment in capital expenditure and product development for Jaguar Land Rover from £700m a year to £1.5bn.
SureTrack Monitoring, the Warwickshire-based vehicle tracking firm, is to sell its Sure-Track Europe business to a management team for £0.2m.
Peugeot is planning to set up a 300,000 sq ft car parts distribution centre at Prologis Park Ryton in Coventry.
Tallent Automotive is investing £12m in the expansion of its car parts factory in Llanelli, in order to install new robotic equipment and secure the future of 300 jobs.
AvailableCar is to expand its car supermarket at Sutton in Ashfield onto an adjacent three-acre site with a 10,000 sq ft building, with the creation of up to 15 jobs.
Quantum Automotive, the vehicle logistics firm with sites in Bristol and Runcorn, has been sold out of administration by SFP to an unnamed company.
Inchcape has confirmed plans to open a new two-storey Porsche car dealership and service centre in Portsmouth this summer.
Solus is to relocate an accident repair centre from Kidderminster to Wednesbury in March, with the creation of about 40 jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is planning to recruit 133 apprentices this year.
John Clark Motor Group has acquired the Thomson & Potter Skoda car dealership in Perth for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 17 staff.
Autologic Diagnostics, the Oxfordshire-based vehicle diagnostics manufacturer, has undergone a £46m management buy-out backed by Isis Equity Partners.
Better By Miles is planning to set up a new £1m commercial electric vehicles factory at Minffordd in Gwynedd, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Nifco UK is to create 127 new jobs at its Stockton-based car parts manufacturing business, having secured £1.6m from the Regional Growth Fund.
Begbies Traynor has sold two former Southgate car dealerships out of administration, with Snows Motor Group reopening the Peugeot site in Romsey and Motorwell the Mitsubishi site in Bridport.
Andrew Page is setting up a new car parts distribution centre at Markham Vale near Chesterfield this year, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Peter Winn Tyres is looking to relocate its Pocklington-based tyre dealership to a new site on the BroadHelm Business Park, and hopes to double its 13-strong workforce.
CPP Global Holdings has won permission to develop a 109,000 sq ft Jensen Interceptor car factory at the former Jaguar site in Coventry, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Sytner Group has acquired Isaac Agnew Group, the chain of 16 car dealerships in Northern Ireland with 800 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Aston Barclay has acquired the former Motor Auctions site at Hillidge Road in Leeds, and will restart auctions in April.
Envisage Group has bought the CPP manufacturing division of CPP Global Holdings for undisclosed terms, saving about 120 jobs at its Coventry-based automotive engineering business.
Vertu Motors has acquired a Vauxhall car dealership in Northampton from W Grose for about £2m, and the business will relocate to a new site later this year.
Johnsons Cars has bought the Coventry and Sutton Coldfield car dealerships of Concept Vehicles out of administration, with the transfer of 38 staff.
Tyneside Autoparc is to invest £3m expanding the stock at its ten-acre user car supermarket in Newcastle, and new sales staff will be added to the 65-strong workforce.
Jaguar Land Rover is reported to be looking into the possibility of investing £100m in the expansion of its Halewood car plant onto adjacent land.