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British Car Auctions, the second-hand vehicle trader, has been acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the US private equity firm that owns Hertz, for £390m.
31-Dec-2009


Jaguar Land Rover is to create more than 100 graduate and student placement jobs in 2010.
23-Dec-2009


VTL Automotive is to relocate its car parts factory and up to 82 staff from Calderdale to Huddersfield over the next six months.
21-Dec-2009


Manheim is to open a new car auction centre at a former airforce base at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire in January.
17-Dec-2009


H2O is planning to open a further 20 car valeting centres and create 150 jobs over the next two years.
17-Dec-2009


JDS Trucks, the Renault truck distributor with 75 staff at depots in Blackburn, Leeds and Salford, has undergone a management buy-out.
16-Dec-2009


Manor Grand Prix has sold an estimated £10m stake in its motor racing business to private equity firm LDC, and is creating 45 jobs in Rotherham and 60 in Bicester.
14-Dec-2009


Midcounties Co-op is to sell the Motorworld group of 11 car dealerships in the Oxford area to Johnsons Cars for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 206 staff.
14-Dec-2009


Vertu Motors has acquired the David Penman Renault and Seat car dealership in Darlington for £1.1m.
08-Dec-2009


Phoenix Car Company is to expand its chain of 17 car dealerships with a new Mitsubishi franchise in Edinburgh in January.
30-Nov-2009


Spyker Cars is to relocate its luxury sports car assembly plant and 90 jobs from the Netherlands to Coventry by the end of 2009, in order to be closer to suppliers.
23-Nov-2009


The Department for Transport has announced a £30m grant scheme to promote the development of charging points for electric cars in up to six cities or regions.
23-Nov-2009


Brawn GP, the Brackley-based Formula 1 motor racing team, has been acquired by Daimler AG and Aabar Investments, and will be rebranded as Mercedes Grand Prix.
18-Nov-2009


Multipart, the Chorley-based supplier of car parts with 250 staff, has been acquired by TVS Logistics Services of India for undisclosed terms.
17-Nov-2009


Just Car Clinics has acquired two Richmond Motors bodyshops in Stourbridge and Redditch out of administration, securing the future of 31 jobs.
11-Nov-2009


British School of Motoring (BSM) is planning to expand its chain of 94 driving centres and recruit up to 3,000 instructors over the next two years, having undergone a £10m management buy-out from Arques Industries.
11-Nov-2009


John McGavigan has been sold out of administration by KPMG to a former management team, securing the future of 109 jobs at its interior car parts factory in East Dunbartonshire.
10-Nov-2009


Helston Garages has acquired the Renwicks Peugeot car dealerships in Exeter and Honiton out of administration, taking its chain to 29 sites.
10-Nov-2009


Zytek Automotive Technology of Lichfield hopes to secure a £4.5m government investment to fund the development of a new urban electric vehicle, in partnership with Gordon Murray Design.
09-Nov-2009


Arnold Clark is to acquire Ford and Citroen car dealerships in Carlisle, Dumfries, Penrith and Workington from GK Group for undisclosed terms.
09-Nov-2009


Vertu Motors has acquired the trade and assets of a Vauxhall car dealership in Lichfield from Steve Thompson Cars for £2.8m.
03-Nov-2009


Watts Group has sold its tyre business to Premia Group, with the transfer of up to 46 staff in Lydney.
02-Nov-2009


Co-operative Motor Group is to invest £250m in the revamp of 19 car showrooms, in order to convert them from the Sunwin brand.
26-Oct-2009


Easi-Drive is to relocate the headquarters of its Wythenshawe-based accident management business to a new £1.5m 25,000 sq ft site by spring 2010, and also wants to open more depots across the country.
22-Oct-2009


Harratts is creating 30 jobs at a new Honda car dealership in Wakefield.
21-Oct-2009


LDV has sold the assets of its Birmingham-based van manufacturing business out of administration to Eco Concept, and up to 200 jobs will be created at a new electric vehicles factory in the Midlands.
19-Oct-2009


Benfield Motor has acquired two VW car dealerships in Carlisle and Dumfries, with the transfer of 54 staff.
14-Oct-2009


All Fleet Services is to increase the workforce at its Gloucester-based car fleet services call centre from 78 to 96 by the end of the year.
14-Oct-2009


Happich Profiles has been bought out of administration by EMKA Beschlagteile of Germany for undisclosed terms, securing 37 jobs at its vehicle components factory in Castle Bromwich.
06-Oct-2009


Lotus has unveiled plans for an investment of £86m in its return to Formula 1 motor racing, with the creation of about 250 jobs at the Racing Technologies Norfolk base at Hingham.
01-Oct-2009


Infiniti Europe is to open Nissan car dealerships in Birmingham and Glasgow by the middle of next year.
29-Sep-2009


Elecscoot is in negotiations with One Northeast to set up an electric scooter manufacturing plant in Sunderland, with the creation of up to ten jobs.
16-Sep-2009


City Car Club has acquired WhizzGo for undisclosed terms, creating a combined car rental group with 500 cars at 15 sites.
14-Sep-2009


Heathrow Truck Centre has acquired two DAF truck dealerships in Oxford and Reading from the Barnes Group for undisclosed terms, increasing its workforce from 126 to 210.
14-Sep-2009


The Energy Technologies Institute is to develop a £11m network of plug-in points for electric vehicles in Birmingham, Coventry, Glasgow, London, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Oxford and Sunderland.
10-Sep-2009


BMW is to produce two new Mini models at its car factory in Oxford, which could create an estimated 1,000 jobs.
03-Sep-2009


Vospers has acquired the Renwicks Peugeot car franchise in Plymouth, with the transfer of about 30 staff, and plans to relocate the business to its site at Marsh Mills over the next year.
03-Sep-2009


Hitachi Capital Driving Instructor Centre, the supplier of cars to driving instructors, is planning to open three new branches in London, Preston and Wiltshire over the next year.
31-Aug-2009


Arnold Clark is planning to create 700 jobs at its car dealerships across the country by early next year, with new sites opening in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Manchester, Stafford and Warrington.
24-Aug-2009


Calsonic Kansei is to invest £11m at its car parts factory in Llanelli, with the creation of 37 jobs.
24-Aug-2009


Blackcircles, the online tyre supplier, is planning to set up a new network of Blackcircles-branded tyre-fitting franchises in major cities by 2010.
20-Aug-2009


Modec is hoping to expand the 80-strong workforce at its Coventry-based electric vehicles factory to several hundred over the next few years, as the US government has awarded a £23m grant to its joint venture with Navistar.
06-Aug-2009


Vertu Motors has acquired the Ilford Vauxhall and Chevrolet franchises from Crown Motors, taking its total network to 52.
04-Aug-2009


Cenex of Loughborough has secured a £1m government grant to manage the development of up to 50 recharging stations for electric cars across the country over the next two years.
04-Aug-2009


JCT600 has acquired two Audi car dealerships in Hull and York from the Gilder Group for £11m, with the transfer of about 80 staff.
04-Aug-2009


Grove Motor Colours is to acquire the bodyshop services distribution network of AkzoNobel Car Refinishes for undisclosed terms, including sites in Cardiff, Glasgow, Preston and Wetherby.
04-Aug-2009


Nissan is to create a further 100 fixed-term production jobs at its car factory in Sunderland, following a rise in sales.
23-Jul-2009


Wayside Group has acquired Andrew Rowley Toyota, the operator of car dealerships in Watford and St Albans, for undisclosed terms.
23-Jul-2009


Nissan is to build a £200m electric vehicle batteries factory in Sunderland, with the creation of up to 350 jobs.
21-Jul-2009


Brayley Honda has acquired the former Alan Day Honda car dealership in Enfield, taking its chain to four sites.
21-Jul-2009


Toyota is considering its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire as a potential site to manufacture the new petrol-electric hybrid version of the Auris car from 2012, which could create thousands of jobs.
15-Jul-2009


VT Group is to set up an automotive training centre in Norwich in September, in order to train mechanics for independent garages.
14-Jul-2009


Brooklyn Ford has sold two car dealerships in Kidderminster and Malvern out of administration to a new company called Hills Ford for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 40 jobs.
09-Jul-2009


Gowrings Mobility, the Newbury-based supplier of wheelchair passenger vehicles, has been bought out of administration by Weybridge-based Newship Estates, securing 78 of the 120 jobs.
09-Jul-2009


Stoneacre Motor Group is to acquire the Polar Ford car dealerships in York, Scarborough and Thirsk, with the transfer of 121 staff.
07-Jul-2009


Mazda Motor Europe is looking to expand its European car dealership network with a further 75 outlets by the end of the year.
02-Jul-2009


Marshall Motors has acquired the Jaguar car dealership in Ipswich from Lookers.
01-Jul-2009


Vertu Motors has bought four Brooklyn Motor car dealerships and one repair site in Worcester, Redditch and Cheltenham out of administration for £7.9m.
29-Jun-2009


Tanfield is to receive £1.6m of government funding to develop electric passenger vehicles, and the company will also contribute to the Department of Transport's low carbon vehicle procurement programme.
25-Jun-2009


Tetrosyl has acquired International Automotive Distributors, the Huddersfield-based chain of 14 car care outlets trading as Maccess, for undisclosed terms.
18-Jun-2009


Baylis of Gloucester has bought the business assets of the Bicknells Vauxhall car dealership in Worcester out of administration.
17-Jun-2009


Brindley has bought the Bicknells Vauxhall car dealership in Tipton out of administration, securing the future of 40 jobs.
16-Jun-2009


Cosworth is to create 100 new jobs in Northamptonshire, having agreed to supply engines to three new Formula 1 racing teams next season, including Manor GP of Yorkshire, Team US F1 and Campos Meta.
15-Jun-2009


BCA is to set up a car auction centre on a 20-acre site in Perry Barr, Birmingham, by 2010, with the creation of 200 jobs, and has also announced the acquisition of online remarketing firm JTK Automotive.
11-Jun-2009


Manganese Bronze has raised £9.4m in a share placing to fund the international expansion of its taxi cab manufacturing business.
10-Jun-2009


Nissan is to recruit a further 100 temporary manufacturing staff at its car plant in Sunderland.
09-Jun-2009


Retail Motor Industry Federation is to acquire the membership and field consultancy operations of the Motor Vehicle Repairers Association from Capita Group.
04-Jun-2009


Vertu Motors is to raise £30m in a share placing to fund the nationwide expansion of its chain of 45 car dealerships.
28-May-2009


BMW is looking to recruit 250 temporary staff at its car plant in Cowley, in order to reinstate shifts following a rise in demand.
28-May-2009


Exway Group is planning to expand its Exeter-based chain of accident repair centres, having secured a funding package to open new sites and acquire existing businesses.
28-May-2009


Nissan is looking to recruit 20 maintenance technicians for its new apprentice training programme due to start in September, which will include four years working at its Sunderland car plant.
27-May-2009


McLaren has unveiled plans to build a sports car factory next to its technology centre in Woking by 2011, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.
21-May-2009


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is to create a further 150 jobs at its factory in West Sussex, in order to manufacture the new Ghost model.
21-May-2009


Nissan is to create 150 temporary jobs at its car factory in Sunderland, as the government's new scrappage scheme is expected to increase demand.
11-May-2009


The Car Shop is planning to set up a new car supermarket at Trax Park in Doncaster by September, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
11-May-2009


Autoglass is to open a new car windscreens call centre at the Bardon Business Park in Coalville, Leicestershire, in June, with the creation of 50 jobs.
07-May-2009


McLaren Automotive is seeking funding of up to £250m to develop a new range of road-going sports cars, and hopes to start production at a new UK factory within two years.
20-Apr-2009


Autoquake has secured £4m of venture capital funding to expand its online used car sales business into southern England and continental Europe.
15-Apr-2009


Volkswagen Group is to set up a 32,000 sq ft Audi car dealership and servicing centre at Cardinal Point Motor Park in Tamworth.
13-Apr-2009


Key Driver Training is looking to create a number of jobs at its new driver training premises at the Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn.
13-Apr-2009


Parker Motor Services is to relocate up to 50 staff to a new car parts distribution depot at Belgrave Gate in Leicester by the end of the year.
08-Apr-2009


PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold certain assets of Leeds-based Local Contract Hire & Leasing and 1car1 out of administration to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
08-Apr-2009


Jaguar Land Rover is recruiting 40 engineering apprentices for its Technical Academy in Warwick.
07-Apr-2009


Hendy Group has acquired three Alan Day Honda car dealerships in Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester, with the transfer of 80 staff.
02-Apr-2009


HiQ is to expand its nationwide chain of 137 franchised tyre servicing outlets to 275 by 2012, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
19-Mar-2009


Honda has acquired Foxfield Garage, the Wigan-based multi-franchised car dealership, and the site will be refurbished.
19-Mar-2009


SMC Renault is to close its car dealership in Guildford, and some of the staff will relocate to its sites in Woking and Weybridge.
19-Mar-2009


Daihatsu has expanded its car dealership network to 100 showrooms with the acquisition of Mid Cornwall Cars.
18-Mar-2009


Donington Park is to set up a training academy for security and spectator safety at its motor racing circuit in Leicestershire, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
17-Mar-2009


AP Driveline Technologies has been bought out of administration by Raicam Clutch of Italy, saving 167 jobs at its car components factory in Leamington Spa.
16-Mar-2009


Walters Group has acquired JV Like, the Brecon-based Land Rover dealership, securing the future of more than 20 jobs.
05-Mar-2009


Just Car Clinics is looking to expand its chain of 23 car repair centres into a nationwide chain of 40 sites by the end of 2010.
05-Mar-2009


Sytner has acquired three luxury car dealerships from Nick Whale Holdings for undisclosed terms, including 51 staff at Porsche showrooms in Leicester and Solihull and a Ferrari franchise in Bromsgrove.
04-Mar-2009


Liberty Electric Cars is to invest £30m in an electric 4x4 vehicles factory in Cramlington, Northumberland, with the creation of 250 jobs.
02-Mar-2009


Metal Pressings Group has been bought out of administration by Ricor for undisclosed terms, securing the future of about 65 jobs at its automotive components factory in Studley.
23-Feb-2009


Silverstone has unveiled plans to invest £5m in the redesign of its motor racing track and spectator facilities in Northamptonshire by March 2010.
19-Feb-2009


Academy Group of Manchester is to open a car sales and service centre in Rishton in March, with the creation of ten jobs.
16-Feb-2009


Aviva has sold the Bristol-based British School of Motoring to German private equity firm Arques Industries, with the transfer of more than 600 staff at 96 local centres.
12-Feb-2009


Scottish Motor Auctions has bought Premier Motor Auctions of Leeds out of administration, as part of a strategy to become the country's leading car auction group.
10-Feb-2009


Grant Thornton has sold three DeVries Honda dealerships in York, Hull and Scarborough out of administration to Marshall Motors, while Benfield Motor Group has acquired the Stockton-on-Tees franchise.
10-Feb-2009


McLaren Group is planning to invest up to £250m in the production of 1,000 luxury sports cars a year by 2011, which could lead to the development of a new production plant in the UK and the creation of up to 400 jobs.
09-Feb-2009


Howard Basford has sold its 20,000 sq ft accident repair garage on the Bredbury Industrial Estate in Stockport to insurer RSA for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 30 staff.
09-Feb-2009


Grand Prix Racewear has sold its assets to Martin Hines, securing the future of its motorsport accessories business in Silverstone.
09-Feb-2009


Sapphire Garage is to open a three-acre vehicle body repair centre in Manchester in March.
03-Feb-2009


Goodyear Dunlop has sold 27 HiQ motoring repair centres in the Midlands to Easy Autocentres.
27-Jan-2009


Vertu Motors is to open a used car sales outlet in Darlington in March, with the creation of 26 jobs.
27-Jan-2009


Motorpoint has won planning permission to expand its four-acre car supermarket site in Burnley to ten acres by March.
22-Jan-2009


Randles has bought the Mike Thompson Peugeot car dealership in Stafford out of administration for undisclosed terms.
16-Jan-2009


Aixam Mega has bought the assets of NICE Car Company, the London-based supplier of electric vehicles, out of administration.
15-Jan-2009


Rybrook Group has bought Robert Stern, the Worcester-based BMW car dealership with about 100 staff, for about £1m.
13-Jan-2009


HR Owen has sold four Volvo car dealerships at Colindale, Euston, Chiswick and Regent's Park in London to a management buy-out for £0.2m.
08-Jan-2009