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Wilcox Commercial Vehicles has secured funding of £2.5m to expand its factory in Peterborough by 30,000 sq ft, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Stoneacre has acquired Randles Motor Group, the operator of Peugeot and Suzuki dealerships in Stafford and Stoke, for undisclosed terms.
DPE Automotive is to invest £1.5m in the expansion of its car parts factory in Newton Aycliffe, with the creation of ten jobs.
Magna Interiors is to set up a 230,000 sq ft automotive components factory at Berry Hill in Droitwich, with the creation of 250 jobs.
John Clark Motor Group is planning to set up a new £9m 60,000 sq ft Audi car dealership in Aberdeen in 2015, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Nationwide Windscreen Services is planning to create 50 new technician jobs at depots across the country in 2015.
Westover is looking to expand the 600-strong workforce at its chain of 29 car dealerships in Wiltshire and Dorset with additional IT, sales and marketing staff.
Griffin Mill Garages, the Pontypridd-based operator of two car dealerships, has been acquired by VT Holdings of Japan for undisclosed terms.
McLaren has submitted revised plans to expand its automotive technology centre in Woking by 600,000 sq ft.
Dews Motor Group is to relocate a car dealership from Brighouse to its main site at Haley Hill in Halifax.
Citroen is planning to open a new network of DS car showrooms in major cities across the country.
The AA is considering plans to relocate its Basingstoke-based headquarters and up to 800 staff, having appointed GVA to find a suitable 45,000 sq ft site.
F&G Commercials has acquired the Chatfields Daf truck dealership in Manchester.
Ferrari is reported to be considering plans to relocate its headquarters from Italy to London for tax reasons.
Peter Cooper is to relocate a Hampshire-based Volkswagen car dealership to a new £2.5m site in Hedge End next year, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Kerr's Tyres is to invest £1m in the expansion of its chain of tyre depots in Northern Ireland, including a new site in Newtownards and 14 jobs.
DG Dale is to set up a new 5,000 sq ft headquarters for its York-based car sales business at the Escrick Business Park in January.
Bentley is to invest £40m a new car research and development centre at its Crewe-based headquarters, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Gestamp Tallent is to create 60 jobs at its car parts factory in Llanelli, following a £10m investment in a stamping press.
Highways Agency is to invest £15m in the creation of thousands of new electric vehicle chargepoints across the road network by 2020.
Vertu Motors has bought a Nissan car dealership in Halifax from Lightcliffe for £0.3m.
Northgate Vehicle Hire is planning to expand its branch network from 73 to 90 by the end of 2016, with the creation of scores of new jobs.
Innovation Group has acquired EMaC, the Crewe-based provider of vehicle service plans, for £36m.
Group 1 Automotive has acquired three Bedfordia BMW and Mini car dealerships in Bedford, Cambridge and Stansted, with the transfer of 282 staff.
Plastic Omnium is reported to be considering plans to set up a 200,000 sq ft car parts warehouse at Omega Warrington.
Total Motion is to relocate its Leicester-based vehicle fleet management business to a 6,000 sq ft unit at Harcourt Way in April, and plans to create 60 jobs by 2017.
TOM Vehicle Rental has acquired Nottingham-based Charthire and Measham-based Eurofleet Rental, increasing its fleet to more than 8,000 vehicles.
Jaguar Land Rover is planning to set up a 315,000 sq ft distribution centre at Prologis Park Midpoint in the West Midlands.
CAP Automotive, the Leeds-based vehicle pricing provider with 130 staff, has been acquired by Solera Holdings.
City Auction Group of Ireland is planning to open vehicle auction centres across the UK, with the first opening at Rockingham in Northamptonshire in January.
West Way has acquired two Nissan car dealerships in Mill Hill and Hanwell from West London Motor Group, taking its chain to 14 sites.
Maier UK is to create 60 new jobs in Staffordshire, having secured a £1m government grant to research new production methods for plastic car parts.
Blue Motor Finance, the Cheshire-based car finance provider, has been acquired by Cabot Square Capital.
Magal Engineering is to expand the 56-strong workforce at its Reading-based car parts factory with 12 new jobs, having secured £1m from the Regional Growth Fund.
TRW has secured a £4.6m investment from Sunderland City Council to expand its car parts factory at Rainton Bridge, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Vertu Motors has acquired Gordons, the Bolton-based chain of Ford car dealerships with 218 staff, for £11m.
Jaguar Land Rover is looking to recruit up to 200 apprentices for its six sites in 2015.
Caterpillar is to invest £4m in the expansion of its vehicle parts factory in Shrewsbury in 2015.
Euro Car Parts is to set up an additional 778,000 sq ft warehouse at the Birch Coppice Business Park near Tamworth by January 2016.
Bowker Motor Group is to set up a 9,000 sq ft BMW Motorrad motorcycle dealership near its existing site in Preston.
Vertu Motors has acquired The Taxi Centre and Easy Vehicle Finance, the Paisley-based brokers of vehicles to the taxi sector, for £0.7m.
Automotive Trim Developments is to expand the 70-strong workforce at its Coventry-based manufacturing business with 30 new jobs over the next two years.
Ricardo has acquired Vepro, the Leicestershire-based motorcycle engineering firm with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Aquila Truck Centres, the Walsall-based commercial vehicles firm with 120 staff, has been bought out of administration by Tipton-based JE Motors.
DPE Automotive, the Newton Aycliffe-based car parts manufacturer with 110 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Rivers Capital Partners.
Ford Credit Europe is creating 140 jobs at its new 25,000 sq ft car finance office at First Street in Manchester.
Ford has secured government funding of £8.9m to invest in the manufacture of low-carbon diesel engines at its Dagenham plant, with the creation of 318 jobs.
Michelin is considering plans to expand its tyre factory in Dundee, including new manufacturing and storage facilities and a possible increase to the 800-strong workforce.
Allen Ford, the chain of 13 Ford and two Kia car dealerships, is to be acquired by Super Group of South Africa for £34m.
Glyn Hopkin has acquired the Nissan Cambridge car dealership from Marshall Motor Group for undisclosed terms.
Motor Depot is to open a car dealership at the former Car Select site in Birmingham by the end of the year, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Amtek Auto of India has unveiled plans to set up a £23m foundry in Kidderminster by 2018, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Endeavour Automotive has acquired Regent Automotive, the London-based chain of six Volvo dealerships, for undisclosed terms.
MG Motors is to set up a 12,000 sq ft car showroom and office at 47-48 Piccadilly in London.
The Parts Alliance has acquired Car Parts & Accessories, the chain of 12 depots with 120 staff in Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey, for undisclosed terms.
Lander Automotive has secured a £3m funding deal to expand production at its automotive products factory in Birmingham.
Motorpoint is to open a six-acre car supermarket in Widnes by the end of the year, with the creation of 50 jobs.
BCA has acquired Tradeouts, the Daventry-based online vehicle trading firm.
Northgate Vehicle Hire is looking to open up to ten new branches this year, and is particularly interested in the West Midlands and North West.
Carpeo is to create 40 new sales jobs at its Swindon-based call centre, having won a contract from RAC.
Nationwide Accident Repair Services has acquired Gladwins, the Cambridgeshire-based chain of eight bodyshops, for £9.5m.
Meritor is to expand the 450-strong workforce at its factory in Cwmbran with 75 new jobs, having won a contract to supply truck parts to Scania.
Microlise is to create up to 20 new jobs in Nottingham, having won a contract to supply vehicle efficiency devices to Tata Motors.
Lear Corporation is to create 100 new jobs at its automotive parts factory at Rainton Bridge in Sunderland, due to a 37,000 sq ft extension.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced plans to open a 320,000 sq ft technology and logistics centre employing 200 staff in Bognor Regis in 2016.
The Parts Alliance has acquired a further three former Unipart Automotive branches in Chard, Frome and Plymouth, saving 24 jobs.
Woodall Nicholson has acquired Auto Electrical Services, the Manchester-based supplier of communication systems for specialist vehicles.
Audi is planning to build a regional car sales hub at Generals Farm near Chelmsford, with the creation of 100 jobs.
British Car Auctions has revived plans to build a 20-acre car auction centre at Perry Bar in Birmingham, with the creation of 200 jobs.
HPL Prototypes is to expand the 30-strong workforce at its Coventry-based automotive design business with up to ten new jobs.
Motorpoint is to open a car sales call centre at its Lichfield Road site in Birmingham later this year, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Ashwoods Automotive of Exeter has sold its Ashwoods Energy battery electronics subsidiary to Vayon Group for undisclosed terms.
Bowker Motor Group has acquired Southport Superbikes, taking its Lancashire-based chain of automotive dealerships to ten.
Clifford Thames, the Essex-based automotive data company, has undergone a £50m management buy-out backed by LDC.
Complex Cold Forming is planning to expand the 40-strong workforce at its Wednesbury-based automotive components business with 15 new jobs by 2017.
HR Owen has acquired the Bentley Hadley Green car dealership in London from Lookers for undisclosed terms.
GKN is to expand the 700-strong workforce at its car parts factory in Telford with 50 temporary jobs.
Pendragon is looking to add a further 40 outlets to its chain of car dealerships over the next three years.
Jaguar Land Rover is to set up a £20m Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre at Ryton near Coventry, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Mitsubishi Motors is looking to create 400 new jobs in showrooms, technical operations and at its Cirencester head office.
Tetrosyl is to relocate the head office of its car parts business and 80 jobs from Bury to the 50,000 sq ft Newgate House in Rochdale later this year.
Amtek International is to build a £5m car parts factory at the former Lawrence Recycling site in Kidderminster, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Pailton Engineering is planning to expand the workforce at its Coventry-based automotive steering systems business from 169 to 230 by 2017.
Marshall Motor Group has acquired Astle BMW and Mini car dealerships in Scunthorpe and Grimsby.
Euro Car Parts is looking to create 1,500 jobs over the next 18 months, following the acquisition of 27 Unipart sites.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has acquired Burnt Tree, the commercial vehicle rental firm with 20 branches and 400 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Bridle Vehicle Leasing has acquired Industrial Vehicle Leasing, the Hampshire-based fleet of 800 cars and 200 vans.
Arnold Clark has acquired the Calterdon BMW and Mini car dealership in Inverness for undisclosed terms.
MM Bellinger & Sons is to open a new car dealership at Milton Park in Oxford next year, with the creation of ten jobs.
Imperial Car Supermarkets is planning to open a car supermarket with up to 500 used cars in Northampton.
Corteco has acquired Auto Suppliers, the Kidderminster-based supplier of components for classic vehicles.
Sevcon is planning to double the 40-strong workforce at its Gateshead-based electric vehicle engineering facility, and will raise £6m in a rights issue.
Covpress is to invest £15m in the expansion of its Coventry-based car body panels manufacturing business, with the creation of 150 jobs.
City Motor Holdings has acquired a Peugeot car dealership in Newbury from Marshall Roebuck, taking its network to 12 sites with 310 staff.
Peel Ports is planning to build a new Volkswagen vehicle inspection facility at the Port of Sheerness, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Automotive Brands is to relocate its car parts distribution business and 15 staff from Evesham to a 7,000 sq ft site in Bidford-on-Avon, with the creation of up to ten new jobs.
MEPC has unveiled plans for a new engineering and innovation park at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, in order to attract more than 8,000 jobs and 200 companies.
Norton is looking to recruit 40 apprentices for a new skills academy at its motorcycle manufacturing business in Castle Donington.
Lookers has sold a Jaguar and Land Rover car dealership in Barnet to Cambria Automobiles for £10m.
Vauxhall is to create 300 new jobs at its car plant in Ellesmere Port, in addition to 250 jobs being created at its van plant in Luton.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has appointed Bericote to build a new 410,000 sq ft manufacturing plant on a 58-acre site in Bognor Regis, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.
Marshall Motor Group has acquired the Halesworth Land Rover car dealership in Suffolk from Hammonds Group for undisclosed terms.
Mr Tyre has acquired North Staffs Tyre & Battery Group, the Staffordshire-based chain of three vehicle repair sites.
Marshall Motor Group has acquired a Volvo car dealership in Bishops Stortford from Regent Automotive for undisclosed terms.
Detroit Electric of the US is planning to set up an electric cars factory in Leamington Spa in 2015, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Enigma Telematics, the Essex-based vehicle telematics firm, has merged with Viasat Group of Italy.
Nissan is to create 50 new jobs at its car plant in Sunderland, as part of a £20m investment in the new Juke model.
Murray Motor Group has sold its Rolls Royce and Aston Martin luxury car dealership business in Edinburgh to a buy-out team for about £3m.
Northgate is planning to expand its chain of 68 vehicle hire outlets to 90, with the creation of up to 380 jobs.
The Parts Alliance has acquired Bromsgrove Motor Factors, the automotive parts distributor with 65 staff in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Worcester.
Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to invest £200m at its Halewood plant to manufacture the new Land Rover Discovery, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Mira Technology Park is to build a new £7m 27,000 sq ft plant for five unnamed vehicle and component manufacturers at its site near Nuneaton, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Penton is to open a new £3.5m Citroen car dealership in Poole in early 2015.
RS Fleet Installations has acquired a 38,000 sq ft industrial unit at Coleshill Industrial Estate, and plans to double its 200-strong workforce.
Haas Automation of the US is planning to launch a new Formula One motor racing team in the Oxford area in 2016, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is to set up a new special operations division in the West Midlands, in order to demonstrate high-specification vehicles and create 150 jobs.
TDR Capital has acquired IMO, the High Wycombe-based car wash company with 280 sites in the UK, for undisclosed terms.
Plastic Omnium has acquired an additional 40,000 sq ft unit for its automotive plastics manufacturing business at the Hams Hall Distribution Park in Coleshill.
Brose is expanding its Coventry-based car parts manufacturing business into an additional 75,000 sq ft unit at Foleshill Industrial Park.
Steven Eagell has acquired Hills of Letchworth, the Toyota car dealership, for undisclosed terms.
Taxi & Bus Conversions is to create 19 jobs at its new £2.5m mobility vehicles and taxis factory in Dungannon over the next two years.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is reported to be considering plans to expand its factory in Goodwood onto a nearby site of 500,000 sq ft.
Leyland Trucks has won permission from South Ribble Council to expand its facility in Farington Moss, including office space for up to 100 staff.
MG is looking to expand its chain of car dealerships to 80 by the end of the year, having just opened sites in Bicester, Brecon, Maidstone and Wareham.
Aston Martin is planning to create 250 jobs and invest £20m in the expansion of its car manufacturing plant in Warwickshire.
Lear Corporation has won planning permission to extend its car parts factory in Sunderland.
Vesty UK, the Burnley-based motorcycle parts supplier with 24 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Cobra UK is to set up an 11,000 sq ft office and warehouse for its vehicle tracking business at the Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn.
Active Fleet Solutions is to expand the 52-strong workforce at its vehicle management business in Burton on Trent with 50 new jobs over the next year.
Bentley Motors is looking to recruit a further 90 engineers and 51 apprentices at its car factory in Crewe.
Ford is to open a new automotive training facility in Daventry next year, in order to combine its existing Technical Training Centre with the Henry Ford College.
Tenneco-Walker is to set up a new vehicle exhausts factory in Merthyr Tydfil, with the creation of 220 jobs.
Motiva Group is to relocate its Stoke-based vehicle solutions business to an improved site on Clarence Road later this year.
Fiat Chrysler, the car manufacturer with sites in Italy and the US, is to relocate its headquarters to London.
Vertu Motors has acquired Hillendale Group, the operator of a Land Rover dealership in Nelson and a Jaguar dealership in Bolton, for £8.2m.
Vauxhall is hoping to create up to 300 new jobs at its plant in Luton, in order to produce the new Vivaro van.
Auto Trader is considering plans to open a 15,000 sq ft office at Two Pancras Square in London.
ChassisCab has acquired the Marshall DAF Truck commercial vehicle franchise in Cambridge, with the transfer of 35 staff.
Stebbings is to expand its King's Lynn-based car supermarket onto a new five-acre site, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Schrader Electronics is investing £56m in the expansion of its tyre pressure gauge factories in Carrickfergus and Antrim, with the creation of 240 jobs over the next three years.
The Department for Transport has unveiled plans for a £500m investment in the electric car market by 2020, including a research centre and a network of charging points.
Changan Automobile of China is reported to be seeking a suitable location in the West Midlands for a new office and warehouse of up to 100,000 sq ft.
McLaren Automotive is to open a sports car dealership operated by Park's Motor Group at Hamilton in South Lanarkshire later this year.
Institute of the Motor Industry has acquired Automotive Technician Training, the e-learning service, for undisclosed terms.
Lister Petter is to relocate its diesel engines business and 80 staff from Dursley to Aston Down, having been bought out of administration by EGL Group.
Euro Car Parts is planning to expand its chain of 155 branches with ten new sites over the next few months.
The Parts Alliance, the Solihull-based automotive parts supplier, has been acquired by HgCapital for undisclosed terms.
Halliwell Jones has acquired the Blue Bell Wilmslow and Blue Bell Bodyshop car sites in Cheshire for undisclosed terms.
Brose is planning to expand the 500-strong workforce at its car parts factories in Coventry and Bedworth with 300 new jobs over the next few years.
Carcraft, the chain of 11 car supermarkets, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Apollo Ventures.
HiQ is looking to expand its nationwide network of 120 car repair centres to 250 by 2017, having appointed CPBigwood to find sites of up to 10,000 sq ft.
Eagle One has won permission to build a 35,000 sq ft Volkswagen car dealership at the Matford Green Business Park in Exeter.
Bentley Motors is to establish a W12 engine centre of excellence at its factory in Crewe, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Kia Motors is looking to expand its car dealership network from 177 to 195 sites by 2020.
Chargemaster has acquired Charging Solutions, the Powys-based supplier of electric vehicle charging products.
Manheim has acquired Shotts Motor Auctions, the Lanarkshire-based vehicle remarketing firm, for undisclosed terms.
K&G Bodyshop has been bought out of administration by MPD Trading, saving 17 jobs at its Staffordshire-based car repair business.
Lookers has acquired Colborne, the Surrey-based chain of car dealerships, for £34m.
M-Sport is planning to set up a new 116,000 sq ft automotive research and development centre at its site in Cumbria, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
ElringKlinger is planning to expand the 160-strong workforce at its car parts factory on Teesside with 60 new jobs over the next two years.
Stadco is to create 200 new jobs at its car parts factories in Telford and Shrewsbury.
Entek International is investing £10m in new equipment for its Tyneside-based automotive batteries business over the next 18 months.
Emerald Automotive, the manufacturer of hybrid electric vans with sites in Coventry, Essex and the US, has been acquired by Geely of China for undisclosed terms.
Applus IDIADA UK is looking to expand the workforce at its new 16,000 sq ft automotive brake testing facility in Nuneaton from ten to 50 over the next two years.
Cap Automotive has acquired Derwent Management Services, the Ludlow-based provider of performance monitoring systems to the automotive sector, for undisclosed terms.
Cab Automotive is planning to expand the 240-strong workforce at its Tipton-based automotive components factory with up to 80 new jobs.
Jaguar Land Rover is recruiting 500 additional production staff at its car plant in Solihull, taking the total workforce to 8,000.
Nationwide Accident Repair Services has acquired Howard Basford, the Wirral-based chain of eight crash repair depots, for an initial £4.1m.
Vertu Motors is to open an Infiniti car showroom in Newcastle, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Maserati is looking to double its network of 13 car dealerships, including new appointments in Oxford, Milton Keynes and Manchester.
Unipart Group is developing a fuel system components manufacturing facility at a 25,000 sq ft site in Coventry, as part of a £30m investment.
AVL is looking to double the 60-strong engineering team at its Coventry-based automotive powertrain technology business over the next few years.
Toyoda Gosei UK is planning to expand its car parts factory in Swansea by 28,000 sq ft.
Sigmavision is hoping to create up to 100 jobs at its Bicester-based manufacturing business, due to rising demand for its TreadReader tyre inspection system.
Vantec Europe is setting up a 6,800 sq ft car plant logistics warehouse at the Central Park Estate near Heathrow.
Lysanda has expanded its Essex-based vehicle telematics business with the acquisition of the Tracker Network from Direct Line Insurance Group.
Ryobi Aluminium Casting is to invest £32m in the expansion of its automotive components plant in Carrickfergus, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Formula E is to build a £7m 44,000 sq ft headquarters for its new electrical motor racing operation at Donington Park by May.
CarShop is opening four new MG car dealerships at its sites in Doncaster, Northampton, Norwich and Swindon.
RDM Group is creating up to 25 jobs at its new 20,000 sq ft vehicle engineering facility on the Bilton Industrial Estate in Coventry.
Vertu Motors has acquired the Harratts Nissan and Volvo car dealerships in Sheffield for £2.4m.
Auto Windscreens is to create 60 new jobs at its Chesterfield-based windscreen repair business, having won a contract from insurer Admiral Group.
Classic Motor Cars is to relocate its car restoration business and 32 staff to a 60,000 sq ft facility at Bridgnorth in Shropshire over the next few months, with the creation of nine jobs.
TMS is to relocate its Hinckley-based Volvo car dealership to a 22,000 sq ft site on Coventry Road in April.
Bowler Motorsport is to relocate its Derbyshire-based vehicle engineering business to an 18,000 sq ft site in Belper this spring, with the creation of 30 jobs.
ADV Manufacturing and Nissan have announced plans for a £6m investment in a new taxi production plant in Coventry this year.
Bevan Group has acquired Supertrucks, the St Helens-based commercial vehicle manufacturer with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Draexlmaier Automotive UK has acquired a 169,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Birch Coppice Business Park near Tamworth.
HgCapital is to acquire Zenith Vehicle Contracts, the Leeds-based fleet management and vehicle outsourcing firm, in a deal valued at more than £200m.
Nissan has announced the creation of a further 500 jobs at its car plant in Sunderland, in order to produce the new Qashqai model.
SsangYong is planning to expand its network of more than 50 car dealerships with 15 new sites this year.
Porsche has won permission to build a showroom for 107 cars at Fordhouses in Wolverhampton.
ETB Tyres has acquired a 100,000 sq ft warehouse on the Blackpole Trading Estate in Worcester.
Lateral Design Concepts, the Keighley-based supplier of mobility vehicles with 20 staff, has been sold out of administration to one of its directors.
BMW Group is looking to recruit 160 apprentices at car factories in Birmingham, Swindon and Oxford, and at dealerships across the country.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is planning to create 100 new jobs at its luxury car plant in Goodwood.
Motorpoint is looking to expand its Derby-based chain of seven car supermarkets with two new sites over the next 18 months, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Brindley Garages Group has secured an undisclosed funding package to expand its West Midlands-based chain of 11 car dealerships.
Honda Motor Europe is to relocate its European headquarters from Langley to a 70,000 sq ft office at the Reflex building in Bracknell later this year.
Sertec Group is planning to create 400 new jobs at its car parts manufacturing operations in Coleshill and Birmingham over the next four years.
Aston Martin has submitted plans for a new 220,000 sq ft distribution centre at Tournament Fields in Warwick, with the creation of up to 65 jobs.