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Motor - 2008
The Driving Instructor Centre, the Wigston-based supplier of leased vehicles with 52 staff, has been acquired by Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions for £10m.
Draexlmaier Automotive UK is creating 35 jobs at a new car parts sales and engineering operation at the Seven Stars Industrial Estate in Coventry.
Aviva has sold HPI, the vehicle checking service with gross assets of £112m and 180 staff in Salisbury and Harrogate, to Solera Holdings.
O&H Facilities, the Goole-based vehicle converter for the healthcare and disability markets with 160 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Oughtred & Harrison.
CarCheckers, the Devon-based vehicle inspection company with 35 subcontract engineers throughout the country, has been acquired by DEKRA International for undisclosed terms.
Sytner has bought five Richard Alexander Group car dealerships in Leeds, Huddersfield and Harrogate out of administration, securing the future of 300 jobs.
Aviva is to sell its RAC auto windscreens business, including 100 fitting centres and 700 mobile units, to Arques Industries of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Sinclair Group has acquired the David Jones Garages VW car dealerships in Cardiff and Newport out of administration, securing more than 100 jobs.
Stapleton's Tyres is to set up a 69,450 sq ft tyre distribution centre at Slyfield Industrial Estate in Guildford.
Jaguar Land Rover has extended its redundancy programme to a further 300 to 400 workers at its car plants in the West Midlands and Merseyside.
MG Sports & Racing is to set up sports car factory on Neachells Lane near Wolverhampton next year, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Ford is to invest £70m at its factory in Bridgend, in order to produce the new EcoBoost range of fuel-efficient engines.
FMG Support of Huddersfield has sold its vehicle rental operation to Nexus Vehicle Rental of Leeds for undisclosed terms, but is also planning to create 100 jobs to provide national vehicle recovery services to the Highways Agency.
The Department for Transport is to provide funding of £100m for the development of electric and low-emission cars, and vans will be tested by the Metropolitan Police, Royal Mail and local councils in Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds and Coventry.
Auto Assist of Hull has merged with RVM Assist of Leeds to create a combined vehicle accident management and claims handling group called RVM Auto Assist.
Norton Racing is to set up a 15,000 sq ft motorcycles factory at Donington Park, and could create up to 100 jobs over the next 18 months.
Kia is planning to expand its network of 145 car dealerships to 170 by the end of 2010, including new sites in Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
Whittal Williams is creating about 50 jobs at a new £2m 42,000 sq ft vehicle body shop and hire centre on the Rassau Industrial Estate in South Wales.
Toyota is to invest an unspecified amount at its car factory in Derbyshire, in order to produce the new Avensis model and secure the future of almost 5,000 jobs.
Euro Car Parts has acquired Pinco 1555, the Sheffield-based chain of 53 vehicle parts branches trading as LSUK, for undisclosed terms.
West End Motors, the Bodmin-based car dealership with 53 staff, is to relocate to a new £3.7m site at Bodmin Business Park in November.
Epm Technology has bought Leda Suspension, the Essex-based manufacturer of automotive damping struts and shock absorbers, out of administration.
Inchcape has sold five Mill Garages Volvo car dealerships in Newcastle, Hexham, Sunderland, Stockton and Harrogate to a management buy-out for £7m.
Nationwide Accident Repair Services is considering plans to expand its chain of 73 crash repair centres by offering tyre and exhaust fitting services, depending on the success of a new site opening this year in Kettering.
Jaguar Land Rover is to create about 50 jobs at a new 50,000 sq ft technical training centre due to open at Heathcote in Warwick early next year.
Lythgoe Motor Group, the Bolton-based chain of five car dealerships with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Visteon has sold its car components factory at Halewood to International Automotive Components Group Europe for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 150 staff.
Gregory Group has won approval to build three new car showrooms in Cleethorpes, and discussions are taking place with various car retailers.
Yamada Europe is to invest £1.9m in the expansion of its automotive pumps factory in Ebbw Vale, with the creation of 30 jobs.
The Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is to set up a 30,000 sq ft office at the Ellipse development in Swansea.
Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems of Leicestershire is to create 25 jobs over the next few weeks and invest £3m in a new production line, having just been acquired by Ruia Group of India.
TRW Automotive has secured a £1.2m grant from One NorthEast to expand its vehicle electronic components factory in Peterlee, with the creation of up to 170 jobs.
Rygor Commercials, the chain of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealerships in London, Berkshire and Wiltshire, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Audi has won approval to open a new car showroom on the Riverside Retail Park in Northampton, with the transfer of 86 jobs from Weedon Road and the creation of 16 new jobs.
Hobin Group is creating up to 30 jobs at a new £2m SEAT car dealership on Bury New Road in Manchester, and will then look to expand into cities such as Chester and Leeds.
Super Aguri, the Oxfordshire-based motor racing team, has had its assets bought out of administration by Formtech of Germany.
Radical Sportscars is to expand the 100-strong workforce at its Peterborough-based racing car manufacturing business with up to ten staff.
Pulman of Durham has acquired Mill Garages, the Sunderland-based VW car dealership, increasing its workforce to 120.
Mears Group has sold UFD, its Birmingham-based vehicle distribution division, to BCA for £2.8m.
John Clark Motor Group has acquired Clark Commercials, the Aberdeen-based commercial vehicle firm with 38 staff.
Donington Park is to invest up to £100m in improvements to its motor racing circuit, in preparation for the transfer of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone in 2010.
Epm Technology is looking to relocate its Derbyshire-based racing car components business and 120 jobs from Draycott to Donington Park, with the creation of 30 new jobs.
Carco Group has acquired Bryan Brothers, the Bristol-based Citroen car dealership with 82 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Universal Components has acquired Pollard Beaumont, the commercial vehicle parts wholesaler with sites in Sheffield, Haslingden and Trafford Park, for undisclosed terms.
Porsche is considering plans to set up a new car showroom at 20 Canada Square in London's Canary Wharf.
Jaguar Land Rover is to create up to 600 jobs at Gaydon and other sites in the West Midlands, with vacancies in engineering, finance, purchasing and human resources.
Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council is to consider plans from Volvo Group UK to build a truck servicing depot and offices at the former Lynx site in Nuneaton's Burlington Road.
TravelJigsaw, the Manchester-based car hire firm, is to be acquired by ISIS Private Equity for about £25m.
Imperial Multipart, the Chorley-based supplier of vehicle components with more than 200 staff, has undergone a £20m management buy-out.
Bentley is looking to recruit 100 engineers at its luxury car factory in Crewe by early next year, to work in new product development.
Tolwood Technologies has sold its Newton Aycliffe-based car parts manufacturing business out of administration to a new company called PC Automotive, securing the future of 150 jobs.
Fiat is looking to expand its chain of 167 car dealerships to 200 by 2010, but 30 underperforming sites will be cut.
Vans Direct, the South Wales-based supplier of new and used vans with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.
Johnson Matthey is to create 300 new jobs in Royston due to rising demand for vehicle emission control products, and recruitment will start later this year.
Liberty Electric Cars of Oxford is seeking a suitable location in the South West to invest £30m in a new plant to transform large luxury cars into electric vehicles, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Group Lotus has acquired Holden Lightweight Structures, the Worcester-based manufacturer of aluminium and composite automotive components, creating an enlarged division with 120 staff called Lotus Lightweight Structures.
Innovation Group is to acquire National Service Network Holdings, the network of 800 independent vehicle maintenance and repair garages, for an initial £1.1m.
Paintbox, the automotive painting company with 300 staff in Birmingham, Banbury and Brackley, has undergone a management buy-out from ADAC for undisclosed terms.
Leoni Wiring Systems is looking to recruit a further 12 project managers and engineers at its automotive wiring systems business in Coventry.
Zenith Vehicle Contracts has acquired Provecta, the Reading-based employee car ownership firm, for undisclosed terms.
Multipart Fleetserve, the Chorley-based supplier of spare parts for airport vehicles with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Marubeni Auto Investment has acquired Norton Way Motors, the operator of Honda, Peugeot and Mazda car dealerships in the South East, taking its total network to 21.
Interclean, the Wearside-based valeting company that services 200 car dealerships across the country, has undergone a management buy-out.
Inchcape has acquired a 75% stake in Musa Motors Group, the Russian car dealer with 16 franchised retail centres, for an initial £100m.
National Tyres is planning to open a further 115 car repair branches across the country over the next five years, with the creation of about 500 jobs.
Manganese Bronze is forming a partnership with Tanfield to develop an electric version of the TX4 taxi cab by 2009.
Parker Motor Services has acquired Tanvic Spares, the chain of car components branches in Corby, Grantham, Loughborough, Melton, Newark and Retford, taking its total chain to 11.
MotorSport Vision has unveiled plans for a £10m investment at the Snetterton motorsport hub in Norfolk, including a hotel, track extension and the creation of almost 600 jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is to recruit 60 apprentices to work at Castle Bromwich, Gaydon or Solihull, and they will also study for a qualification in Performing Engineering Operations.
ECM Delivery Vehicle Service, the Cumbria-based car transporter with 20 depots nationwide, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Yorkshire Bank.
Lookers is to acquire Bramall & Jones VW, the Lincolnshire-based chain of two Volkswagen car dealerships and a contract hire business, for £2m.
Carter & Carter has sold its apprenticeship learning division out of administration to the Retail Motor Industry Federation, securing the future of 30 jobs.
Hendy Group has acquired the Rayco Ford car dealership in Romsey, Hampshire.
Intelligent Energy of Loughborough has secured a £1.7m investment from Suzuki to fund the development of a fuel cell engine for motorcycles.
Ford is to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover car manufacturing operations to Tata of India for £1bn, securing the future of 13,500 jobs at sites including Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood until at least 2011.
Bentley is planning to set up a new 150,000 sq ft car parts warehouse at Orion Park in Crewe.
Fiat is to set up a 10,000 sq ft car showroom at 105 Wigmore Street in central London.
Verve has bought the Bickets and Motorway car dealerships in Glasgow, increasing its chain from five to 12 sites.
Nissan is to create a further 128 jobs at its car factory in Sunderland, as part of a £5m expansion of the axle production line.
Strontium has acquired The Learning Eye, the Gloucestershire-based management training consultancy focused on the automotive sector with eight staff, for an initial £1m.
Nexus Vehicle Management, the Leeds-based vehicle rental firm, has undergone a £11m management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.
Jemca is to open a new £8m Lexus car dealership in Colindale, North London, in October, while its Lexus Bromley outlet will relocate to a £2.5m site in Sidcup this month.
Just Car Clinics is looking to expand its Yorkshire-based chain of 21 vehicle repair centres to 25 by the end of the year, including new sites in Northampton and Birmingham.
Toyota is to invest a further £88m at its factory on Deeside, in order to produce a new small petrol engine from 2009.
Schrader Electronics is to invest £4.6m in the expansion of its tyre pressure monitoring equipment operations in Carrickfergus and Antrim, including staff training and research projects.
Nidd Vale Group has acquired Glovers Garages, the Ilkley-based Peugeot car dealership, for undisclosed terms.
Ringways Motor Group of Leeds has agreed a £15m funding package with Bank of Scotland Corporate, and is looking to expand its Ford dealerships into South Yorkshire.
Simpson Bros, the York-based car salvage firm with 55 staff, has been acquired by Copart of the US for undisclosed terms.
Foray Motor Group of Salisbury has acquired a Ford car dealership in Poole, taking its total chain to seven.
Benfield Motors to open up to six new car dealerships in the North East and Yorkshire this year, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Islington Motors is to relocate its Suzuki and Citroen car dealership in Trowbridge to a new £2.6m motor park in Canal Road this spring.
Standard Motor Products Europe has acquired Kerr Nelson, the Kettering-based car parts supplier, securing the future of about 20 jobs.
Honda is to invest £80m in the expansion of its plastic car parts and metal castings factory in Swindon.
Antonov is setting up a new vehicle engineering design centre with 30 staff on the Heathcote Industrial Estate in Leamington.
Dews Motor Group, the Vauxhall and Alfa Romeo car dealer with sites in Halifax and Brighouse, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Barclays.
LVW Senar has acquired WM Rollings, the Wrexham-based car parts wholesaler with 37 staff, for £2m.
Nissin Showa is to create 50 new jobs at its automotive components factory in Aberdare, having won a contract to supply shock absorbers to Toyota in Derby.
AutoScan has opened a new automotive support services office in Bishop Auckland and plans to create up to 50 jobs over the next six months.
Stadco Powys is creating 30 new jobs at its automotive components factory in Llanfyllin.
The AA is to relocate its Bristol-based driving school operation and 100 of the 125 jobs to its St Patrick's House call centre in Cardiff in June.
Nissan is to create a further 800 jobs at its car factory in Sunderland by the end of the year, due to the success of the Qashqai model.
Clifford Thames has acquired PC Services, the Daventry-based automotive repairs consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Cambria Automobiles has acquired the four remaining Fiat car dealerships of Caledonia Motor Group for undisclosed terms, including sites in Preston, Blackburn, Warrington and Oldham.
Vertu Motors is to open a Motor Nation used-car dealership on a 1.3-acre site in Doncaster in March.
Hodgson is planning to expand the 140-strong workforce at its Tyneside-based car dealerships to 170 this year, as part of an expansion programme that includes a new site in Gateshead and a larger rental division.
Inchcape has sold five Vauxhall car dealerships in Reading, Newbury, Fareham, Exeter and Honiton to Eden Group for £14m.
The Driving Standards Agency is planning to build a £1.5m driving test centre for motorcyclists at Darwen in Lancashire.
Bridge of Weir Leather is to create 50 jobs at its automotive leather factory in Renfrewshire, having won a new contract to supply Ford in North America.
Cambria Automobiles has acquired the Summit Auto Group of 15 car dealerships for undisclosed terms, including the Victor Ford, Grange, Dees Ford and Doves Volvo brands in London, Essex, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire and Devon.
Harley-Davidson is to set up a 10,000 sq ft motorcycle showroom on the Slough Trading Estate in early 2008.