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Spire Automotive has acquired a BMW and Mini car dealership in North London from Hexagon for undisclosed terms.
Benfield Motor Group has secured funding of £40m to expand its network of car dealerships, including three new sites in Newcastle and Sunderland by 2015.
Jardine Motors is looking to invest £40m in the expansion of its chain of car dealerships, including sites in Chelmsford, Colchester, Letchworth, Milton Keynes, Sidcup and London.
Lookers has acquired the Volkswagen Van Centre in Glasgow from the administrators of Verve for undisclosed terms, saving up to 36 jobs.
BMW is to create 1,000 new jobs at car plants in Oxford, Swindon and Birmingham over the next three years.
Torotrak is to acquire Flybrid, the Silverstone-based vehicle technology firm with 24 staff, for £23m.
Arlington Industries Group has acquired three former Remploy automotive component factories in Coventry, Birmingham and Derby, securing the future of more than 200 jobs.
Meridian Motor Group has acquired two Citroen car dealerships in Morecambe and Kendal from John Wilding for undisclosed terms.
Marshall Motor Group has acquired the Grants Seat car dealership in Braintree, with the transfer of 20 staff.
Geely is to invest £80m in the expansion of its taxi cab plant in Coventry, with the creation of 500 jobs.
International Automotive Components has acquired a 30,500 sq ft warehouse on Speke Approach in Widnes, in order to supply parts to Jaguar Land Rover.
Tata Motors is to invest £30m at the new National Automotive Innovation Campus due to open in Coventry in 2016.
Vertu Motors has acquired the Brookside chain of three Volkswagen car dealerships in Nottingham and Mansfield for £4.7m.
Haldex of Sweden is to set up a 25,000 sq ft automotive engineering research centre at the Mira Technology Park near Nuneaton, with the creation of 44 jobs.
Nissan is looking to recruit 30 maintenance technicians at its car plant in Sunderland, in order to support the launch of the new Qashqai.
Leasedrive, the Wokingham-based vehicle management group, is to be acquired by HgCapital Trust in a £15m deal.
Lotus has confirmed plans to create more than 300 new jobs at its Norfolk-based sports car business, having secured a £10m government grant.
Vertu Motors has bought the trade and assets of two Hyundai car dealerships in Edinburgh from Phoenix Car Company and Archers.
Meridian Motor Group is to build a new £2.5m Hyundai car dealership in Stockport, and has also secured planning permission for a new site in Preston.
Pirelli has won approval for the £2m expansion of its tyre plant in Carlisle, securing the future of 850 jobs.
Sertec Group is to relocate the headquarters of its car parts business to a 120,000 sq ft facility in Coleshill, and is currently recruiting 150 additional staff.
Motor Depot is to reopen the former Go-Car dealership in Scunthorpe by the end of the year, as part of a £2m investment that will create up to 40 jobs.
Euro Car Parts has acquired a 258,000 sq ft distribution centre at a Prologis site in Tamworth.
JCT600 is looking to recruit 50 more staff for its Bradford-based chain of 47 car dealerships.
Gestamp Tallent has won permission from South Cambridgeshire District Council to build a new automotive parts factory in Bourn, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Thales has acquired XPI Simulation, the London-based driving simulation technology firm.
EU Linco has acquired Avidale, the Essex-based car parts supplier trading as Clacton Motor Spares and Colchester Motor Factors with 20 staff.
Pentagon Motor Group is to acquire the Grimshaws Vauxhall car dealership sites in Manchester and Bolton for undisclosed terms.
Ridgeway Group has acquired the Parkview Skoda car dealership in Reading for undisclosed terms.
FleetCor Technologies has bought Epyx, the online system that links vehicle fleet operators to 9,000 service garages, from HgCapital.
Swansway Group has bought the Hartwell Citroen and Fiat car dealership in Chester for undisclosed terms.
CAD-CAM Automotive is to acquire Stadco's vehicle parts prototyping facility in Coventry for undisclosed terms.
SMC Motor Group is looking to expand its sales of MG cars, starting with a new dealership at St Johns in Woking.
Maxxia has acquired CLM Fleet Management, the Newport Pagnell-based vehicle fleet management firm.
Capita has acquired ParkingEye, the Chorley-based provider of technology-based car parking services with 160 staff, for £57m.
Faurecia is to create 60 new jobs at its car parts factory on Wearside.
Nissan is to set up a nationwide network of 74 rapid chargers for electric vehicles.
AutoRestore is looking to recruit a further 50 technicians for its mobile automotive repair operations across the country.
Rowes is to open a new Suzuki car dealership on Valley Road in Plymouth early next year.
Jaguar Land Rover is forming a partnership with Constellium and Brunel University to set up an Advanced Light Metals Processing Research Centre, having secured a £4.4m EPSRC grant.
Jaguar Land Rover is reported to be planning to acquire a 470,000 sq ft warehouse at Prologis Midpoint Park in the West Midlands.
Network Q is to open five pop-up shops selling used Vauxhall cars on high streets over the next few weeks.
Mi Technology, the Leyland-based automotive testing firm, has been acquired by CSA Group of Canada for undisclosed terms.
Cosworth Engineering is looking to build a new vehicle engine components factory in Northampton, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Nissan is to create 400 new jobs at its car factory in Sunderland, as it prepares to introduce a 24-hour shift pattern.
Budget Taxis is looking to create up to 150 new jobs for taxi drivers in Newcastle upon Tyne, and is also opening a new training school.
Mitsubishi Motors is looking to expand its nationwide chain of car dealerships by acquiring up to 25 new sites over the next two years.
Trakm8 is to acquire BOX Telematics, the West Midlands-based supplier of fleet management systems, for an initial £3.5m.
Volkswagen is planning to build a new 30,000 sq ft car showroom and workshop at Matford Green Business Park in Exeter.
Hyundai, the South Korean car manufacturer, is seeking a suitable 60,000 sq ft site in the Thames Valley to relocate its headquarters from High Wycombe in 2015.
Lookers has acquired Chipperfield, the Land Rover car dealership in Hertfordshire, for £10m.
Mercedes-Benz is relocating its Stockport-based customer support unit to a 12,300 sq ft office at Artemis House in Greek Street.
Mecaplast is creating 50 new production, technical and logistics jobs at its car parts factory in Peterlee.
ElringKlinger is to invest £7m in a 43,000 sq ft extension at its car parts factory in Redcar by early 2014, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is planning to base 500 staff at the new £100m National Automotive Innovation Campus due to open at the University of Warwick in 2016.
Arrow Cars is to invest £3m in the creation of a new Arrow E Class car hire service in Leeds over the next three years.
Covpress is creating an unspecified number of new jobs at its Coventry-based automotive panels factory, following a £3m investment in new equipment.
Peter Vardy is creating 70 jobs at a new 70,000 sq ft Carstore car dealership due to open in Glasgow in December.
RDS Global, the Derby-based provider of motor retail support services, has undergone a management buy-out.
Northgate Vehicle Hire is planning to open 20 more rental depots over the next three years, including new openings in Basildon and Charlton this December.
Epm Technology is to relocate its automotive composites business to a new £6m 50,000 sq ft factory at Westside Park in Derby next year, with the creation of 84 new jobs.
Denso is to invest £10m in new equipment at its car parts factory in Telford, with the creation of 140 jobs over the next year.
Tyres On The Drive has raised £1.5m to fund the nationwide expansion of its Cheshire-based tyre replacement service, and expects to double the 40-strong workforce this year.
Sandicliffe is seeking permission from Nottingham City Council to develop a car dealership in Abbeyfield Road, Lenton, with the creation of 24 jobs.
Kautex Unipart is investing £6m in new equipment for its car parts factory in Coventry, and 45 of the 300-strong workforce will relocate to a new site nearby in October.
HR Owen, the London-based car dealer, is to be acquired by Berjaya Philippines of Malaysia for £42m.
Caterham Cars is planning to set up a new 75,000 sq ft car production plant at Hingham in Norfolk by the end of next year, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Wessex Garages is setting up a new £5m Nissan car dealership at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Ricardo is planning to create more than 200 jobs at its West Sussex-based automotive engineering business over the next year.
Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled plans to create a further 1,700 jobs at its car plant in Solihull, as part of a £1.5bn investment in aluminium chassis technology.
Modern Tyre Services has acquired 11 tyre depots from Hanover Tyres, taking its total workforce to 200 at 40 sites across Ireland.
John Clark Motor Group is to invest £4m in two new Mini and Nissan car dealerships in Aberdeen by April, with the creation of an initial 20 jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is reported to be seeking a suitable site in the West Midlands or North West for a new 450,000 sq ft car distribution and manufacturing facility.
LDC is in negotiations to back a management buy-out at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Northamptonshire, while MEPC will acquire the site's development land.
Meridian Motor Group is to open a Vantage Hyundai car dealership in Oldham in October, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Nissan is seeking permission to expand its Sunderland car factory, in order to improve its body, paint, chassis, trim and press facilities.
Ecospin is to create up to 23 jobs in Dudley, having secured orders worth £1.5m to manufacture a new three-wheeled electric vehicle.
EMaC has acquired the vehicle service plan operations of Derby-based RDS Global for undisclosed terms.
Caterham Cars is seeking a suitable location in the Crawley area for a new home for its sports car business.
Jaguar Land Rover is looking to recruit more than 100 additional staff for its vehicle components purchasing department.
Grays Truck & Van has been sold out of administration by Duff & Phelps to Iveco Retail, saving 120 jobs at commercial vehicle depots in Guildford, Croydon, Heathrow and Reading.
Kahn Design is to invest £25m in the creation of four showrooms in London, in order to offer its automotive design products to wealthy customers.
Jaguar Land Rover is reported to be considering plans to expand the 4,500-strong workforce at its car factory in Halewood with up to 1,000 new jobs.
BMW Group is to relocate its UK headquarters and 1,200 staff from Bracknell and Hook to a new 300,000 sq ft site in Farnborough by 2017.
Imperial Car Supermarkets is creating more than 100 jobs at a new car supermarket and service centre due to open in Southampton later this year.
Mansfield Group of Stoke-on-Trent is to merge with Ontime Automotive Assistance to create a combined breakdown service with sales of more than £40m.
Covpress, the Coventry-based manufacturer of automotive panels with 454 staff, has been acquired by Shandong Yongtai of China and Telford-based TIA Treadsetters for £30m.
SsangYong is planning to expand its UK dealer network from 48 sites to 80.
Lotus is to create about 100 new jobs for engineers, manufacturing operatives and graduates at its Norfolk-based sports car manufacturing business.
Sandicliffe has acquired Farmers, the operator of two Skoda car dealerships in Leicester and Nottingham.
Bentley Motors of Crewe is to invest £800m in the development of a new SUV model by 2016, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Hillendale has acquired the Stratstone Jaguar car dealership in Bolton from Pendragon Group for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 15 staff.
Bosch Motorsport is setting up a 5,600 sq ft automotive engineering centre with 30 staff at the University of Warwick Science Park in Coventry.
Steven Eagell Toyota has acquired Sims Toyota, the Northampton-based car dealership, for undisclosed terms.
Meridian Motor Group has acquired a Honda car dealership in Barnsley, taking its total chain to 14 sites with 350 staff.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is to create 100 new jobs at its Goodwood-based luxury cars business, with vacancies in sales, marketing and engineering.
Jaguar Land Rover is looking to recruit a further 275 graduates at its automotive manufacturing business this year.
KPMG has sold the former Quinton Hazell Automotive factory in Colwyn Bay out of administration to Mark Water Pumps of India, with the reinstatement of 15 jobs.
Heads of the Valleys Development Company has won outline planning permission from Blaenau Gwent Council to develop a £280m Circuit of Wales motorsport track near Ebbw Vale by 2016.
Klarius Products is to expand the 260-strong workforce at its car parts factory in Staffordshire with 20 new jobs.
Vantage Motor Group has acquired the Batemans Toyota car dealership at Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria for undisclosed terms.
Vertu Motors has acquired the trade and assets of two Volkswagen car dealerships in Lincoln and Boston from Lookers for £3m.
Manheim has acquired Kingfisher Systems, the Glasgow-based IT firm, for undisclosed terms, in order to help expand its Motors.co.uk used car website.
Blade Group is to relocate 30 jobs from Gloucester to a refurbished £2m Audi car dealership in Cheltenham, with the creation of 20 new jobs.
Briggs Automotive Company is to relocate production of the Bac Mono sports car to Speke Hall Industrial Estate in Liverpool this autumn, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Greenhous has acquired William A Lewis Cars, the operator of Volvo and Nissan car dealerships in Shrewsbury and Telford.
BBA Reman is looking to recruit ten apprentices at its car parts manufacturing business in Kent.
Ridgeway Group has bought the former Guy Salmon Jaguar car franchise in Oxford from Sytner Group.
Northside Truck & Van is to relocate a truck dealership and 30 staff to a new £2m site at Stallingborough, near Immingham, in December.
Startin Group has acquired the Showells Hyundai car dealership in Stourbridge for undisclosed terms.
Northgate Vehicle Hire is looking to open up to eight new depots in the London area over the next year, as part of a nationwide expansion programme that will create hundreds of jobs.
General Traffic is planning to expand its Lancashire-based chain of 18 car parts stores with two new sites by the end of next year.
Luscombe Motors has acquired the Robert Bowett Motoring car dealership in Leeds for undisclosed terms.
Johnson Controls Automotive is to set up a 150,000 sq ft factory and distribution centre at the Estuary Business Park in Speke by 2014.
Euro Car Parts is to expand its chain of 132 car parts stores with ten new sites by the end of the year.
John Clark Motor Group has acquired Land Rover and Jaguar car dealerships in Perth, Cupar and Edinburgh from Pendragon, with the transfer of 100 staff.
Shortis Group has acquired Motaquip of Harlow for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its EU automotive components business.
WBC Automotive is to relocate its Bristol-based vehicle repair business to a new 20,000 sq ft facility at Caxton Business Park in Warmley.
BCA is to acquire We Buy Any Car, in order to secure a supply of used cars for auction.
HBC Vehicle Services, the Essex-based provider of nationwide salvage and auction services with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
John Clark Motor Group is to invest £1m in improvements to its car dealership sites in Aberdeen, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Ricardo has won approval to build a £10m low carbon vehicle research centre at Shoreham in West Sussex by 2014.
AvailableCar is recruiting an additional 40 staff at the recently-acquired Motorhouse2000 car supermarket site in Cannock.
Hartwell has acquired Hangreen, the operator of the Sky Ford car dealerships in Hemel Hempstead and Watford, for undisclosed terms.
Blackburn College is to open a £5m motor vehicle technology and training centre called the Regional Automotive Hub next year.
Hertz UK has acquired CCL Vehicle Rentals, the Dorset-based accident management firm.
Reflex & Allen is planning to relocate its car components factory and up to 220 jobs to the former Hotpoint site at Bodelwyddan in Denbighshire.
TVR is looking to start producing sports cars in the UK, following the sale of the brand by its Russian owner to a Surrey-based businessman for undisclosed terms.
Cheltenham Borough Council is to consider plans from Hunter Page Planning to build a new £15m BMW Mini car dealership on the A40, with the creation of 100 jobs.
ADI Automotive is setting up an additional 7,300 sq ft industrial unit at the Tyburn Business Park in Birmingham.
Stadco is to invest £15m in a new production line at its car parts factory in Telford by next year, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Meridian Motor Group has acquired four Lexus and Toyota car dealerships in the Birmingham area from Sytner, and will convert them to the Vantage format.
Hitachi Capital UK is to relocate its fleet vehicle management business and 120 staff to a new £7m headquarters on the White Horse Business Park in Trowbridge, with the creation of 60 new jobs.
Ridgeway Group has acquired a Land Rover car dealership in Oxford from Hartwell for undisclosed terms.
Warwick Manufacturing Group is to set up a new £2.3m automotive composites research centre at its International Manufacturing Centre by 2014.
Jaguar Land Rover is to acquire the 11-acre Dunlop Motorsport tyre manufacturing site in Castle Bromwich in 2014, casting doubt on the future of 180 jobs.
Martin Williams Hull has submitted plans to expand its commercial vehicle manufacturing plant in Burstwick, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Vertu Motors is to acquire three Albert Farnell Land Rover car dealerships in West Yorkshire for £31m.
Citygate Automotive is to create 20 jobs at a new £8m Volkswagen car dealership due to open in Watford this year.
BorgWarner is to expand its car parts engineering and production plant on the Euroway trading estate in Bradford, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Lookers has acquired Shields Automotive, the Glasgow-based Land Rover car dealership, for £8.8m.
Vertu Motors is to sell its Iveco heavy truck operations in Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester to a new company called Aquila Truck Centres.
Nissan is to create 50 new jobs for engineers and maintenance staff at its car plant in Sunderland.
Group Lotus of Norfolk is set to receive £10m from the Regional Growth Fund to develop new sports car models and create about 1,000 jobs.
Eden Motor Group has acquired the Alan Gibson Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mazda and Hyundai car dealership in Basingstoke.
BCA Logistics has acquired NKL Automotive, the Goole-based vehicle logistics and storage firm with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Ford is to invest a further £24m in the expansion of production at its engines factory in Bridgend.
Perrys has acquired the Pomphreys Vauxhall car dealership in Sittingborne for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about 40 staff.
Jardine Motors has sold its Scothall Hampshire BMW and Mini car franchise in Eastleigh to a former director of BMW Park Lane.
Colin Appleyard Group has acquired a Nissan car dealership in Keighley from the Co-operative Motor Group, with the transfer of 12 staff.
Innovation Group has acquired Gemini Vehicle Solutions, the Kidderminster-based provider of accident management services with 45 staff, for £4.5m.
Auto Styling Truckman is looking to create 15 new jobs at its Brierley Hill-based vehicle parts factory, having expanded the manufacturing space by 15,000 sq ft.
Sandwell Council is in discussions with a property developer about proposals to build a factory for an unnamed automotive components supplier at Kelvin Way in West Bromwich, which would create up to 100 jobs.
Randles Motor Group is to open a CarLogic used car supermarket on a 2.6-acre site at Etruria in Stoke-on-Trent this summer, with the creation of up to 25 jobs.
Chandlers BMW is looking to build a new car dealership at Angmering in West Sussex, with the relocation of up to 88 staff from existing sites.
Global Autocare is to relocate its Leeds-based vehicle fleet management business and up to 65 staff to a 157,000 sq ft facility on Gelderd Road in May.
Motorpoint is planning to open two new car supermarket sites in Birmingham and an undisclosed location by the end of the year.
Toyota Tsusho Assembly Systems is looking to recruit more than 80 staff for a new automotive parts factory due to open in Knowsley in May.
G3 Remarketing is setting up a 27,000 sq ft vehicle auction warehouse and office at Premier Park near Leeds.
Norton Motorcycles is to relocate its factory from Donington Park race circuit to nearby Donington Hall, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Ford is to create a nationwide network of at least 80 Transit Centres, in order to improve service standards for its commercial vehicle range.
Breeze Volkswagen is to set up a 7,000 sq ft van dealership on the Portfield Industrial Estate in Portsmouth by the end of March.
Arcelor Mittal Auto Processing UK is to expand the 75-strong workforce at its steel car parts factory in Rowley Regis with 29 new jobs.
Spire Automotive has bought three Scotthall BMW and Mini car dealerships in Watford, Borehamwood and Ruislip from Jardine Motor Group for undisclosed terms.
Brose is to invest £15m in the expansion of its car parts factory in Coventry this year, increasing the 190-strong workforce with 90 new jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is to invest an additional £150m in the expansion of the engine plant being built in Wolverhampton, with the creation of a further 700 jobs.
JCT600 has acquired Gilder Group, the chain of nine vehicle dealerships and two parts depots in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, for undisclosed terms.
ElringKlinger is looking to expand the 130-strong workforce at its plant in Redcar with 40 new jobs by 2016, having won a contract to supply exhaust manifold gaskets to General Motors.
Toyota is to create 70 new jobs at its engine plant in North Wales.
Group 1 Automotive has acquired four Ford car dealerships in Bracknell, Farnborough, Guildford and Wokingham from Inchcape for undisclosed terms.
Isuzu Truck UK, the Hatfield-based commercial vehicle supplier with 53 staff, has been acquired by Isuzu Motors Japan for undisclosed terms.
Aston Martin has secured £1.6m of government funding to produce the new Rapide S model in Warwickshire, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Rosti McKechnie is planning to expand its car parts factory in Pickering with a new storage facility, machinery and 200 jobs.
Motorclean has acquired the trade and assets of Forward Valeting Services in a £5m deal that creates a combined vehicle valeting group with turnover of £35m.
Manganese Bronze is to create up to 100 jobs at its taxi manufacturing plant in Coventry over the next year, having just been rescued by Geely.
Northgate Vehicle Hire is to open new depots in Luton and Brent Cross, and aims to significantly expand its nationwide network over the next four years.
Ridgeway Group has submitted plans to build a two-storey Audi car dealership at the Oxford Business Park.
Marshall has acquired Silver Street Automotive, the Exeter-based chain of ten car dealerships with 324 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Ashok Leyland of India is to set up a commercial vehicle research centre at the MIRA Technology Park in Warwickshire, with the creation of 30 jobs.
DM Keith has acquired the Royce Roberts Skoda car dealership in Hull for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 17 staff.
Torotrak has acquired Motorsport Components, the Bolton-based automotive components manufacturer, for £0.2m.
Thurlow Nunn is to build a £5m Vauxhall car dealership in Milton Keynes by January 2014, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Howard Basford has acquired the Greyhound Ford Bodyshop accident repair centre in Hyndburn, and plans to create 25 new jobs at the site.
Peel Group has unveiled proposals to develop a car parts manufacturing park on a 35-acre site at Wirral Waters in Birkenhead.
BMW is looking to recruit 150 apprentices to work at its production and dealership sites nationwide.
Snows Motor Group has expanded its chain of 19 car dealerships in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire with the acquisition of four Toyota and two Lexus sites from Marsh Group.
Mecaplast is to invest an undisclosed sum in the expansion of its plastic car parts factory in Peterlee this year, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Orwell Truck & Van, the Ipswich-based commercial vehicle dealer with 190 staff, has been acquired by Imperial Holdings of South Africa for undisclosed terms.
Denso Manufacturing has acquired Shimizu Industry UK, the car parts manufacturer with 150 staff in Welshpool.
Tyres on the Drive is to expand its mobile tyre-fitting service with two new depots in Wakefield and Birmingham.
Jaguar Land Rover is to expand its Jaguar cars factory at Castle Bromwich onto the adjacent site of a former cinema.
Euro Car Parts has acquired Autoclimate, the Shrewsbury-based supplier of automotive climate control products.
Liberty Electric Cars is to expand its GoinGreen business with new sales outlets in Peterborough, Coventry and Newton Abbot this year.
TOM Vehicle Rental is looking to open new depots in Birmingham and London over the next two years, having just created ten jobs at a new 1.5-acre site in Manchester.
Williams Grand Prix is planning to build a new engineering research and development centre at Grove in Oxfordshire.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold the Manganese Bronze taxi manufacturing business to Geely of China for £11m, saving up to 100 jobs in Coventry.
Cambria Automobiles has acquired County Motor Works, the Chelmsford-based Vauxhall, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler-Jeep dealership, for £4.1m.
Caterham Cars is planning to relocate its main sports car showroom to another site in Surrey by March.
Autosmart has submitted plans to Cannock Chase District Council to set up a vehicle cleaning products depot at the former Durapipes Glynwed Plastics site in Norton Canes.
TRW is to invest £15m in the expansion of its power steering motors factory on Wearside by 2014, including two new production lines.
Now Motor Retailing has bought the assets of the Monorep Vauxhall and Chevrolet car dealerships in Hayes and Norwood Green out of administration.
Jaguar Land Rover is looking to recruit 150 apprentices for this year's training programme.
Vertu Motors has acquired a Vauxhall car dealership in Keighley, West Yorkshire, for £1.1m.
Peoples Group has acquired the Greyhound Ford car dealership in Accrington.
Andrew Page is to open a 6,000 sq ft car parts depot at the Chancerygate Business Centre in Southampton.
Jaguar Land Rover is to expand the 6,000-strong workforce at its car plant in Solihull with 800 new jobs.
Traveljigsaw is to set up a new 60,000 sq ft office for its online car rental business at Sunlight House on Quay Street in Manchester.
Nifco UK is to build a second plastic car parts factory on Teesside by 2014, with the creation of 170 jobs.
Gateshead College is planning to set up a £6m Centre for Low Carbon Vehicle Development at Barmston Court in Sunderland, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Intertek has acquired Tickford Test Technology, the Milton Keynes-based vehicle engine testing company with 57 staff, for £5.5m.
Kia Motors is to relocate its head office from Weybridge to a new building in Walton in October.
Vertu Motors has acquired the Dobies Vauxhall and SEAT car dealerships in Carlisle for £4.3m.
CES UK, the Chester-based chain of 18 car parts branches with 500 staff, has been acquired by private equity firm HgCapital for undisclosed terms.
Avis Budget is to acquire Zipcar, the US-based car sharing club and owner of London-based Streetcar, for £307m.
Jaguar Land Rover is to soon start recruiting the first of the 750 staff to work at a new £355m engine factory in Wolverhampton.