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Motor - 1997
Toyota is said to be planning to announce a £240m investment at its Deeside plant in north Wales to produce engines for the new car that will be built in France, creating a substantial number of jobs.
Lonrho has sold Dutton-Forshaw, the franchised vehicle dealership, to a management team named Tanel for £113m.
Honda is to increase car production at its Swindon plant to 150,000 units next year, creating an additional 400 jobs.
Ryobi of Japan is planning a £28m expansion to its Northern Ireland factory that makes aluminium transmission and clutch cases, increasing the workforce to 155.
Morris Ashby, the automotive castings company, is being acquired by Automotive Components Investments of the US for £49m.
Continental of Germany is planning a 25% increase in output at its Newbridge tyre plant near Edinburgh, creating 170 jobs.
IBC, the Luton based van maker owned by General Motors, could increase employment by 40% over the next few years due to a new medium van being developed with Renault.
Allied Signal of the US is acquiring Holt Lloyd, the car care products company, for £95m.
Ascot has sold Sagar Richards, the automotive gearbox components business, to Valeo of France for £8m.
FKI is selling its automotive division, which makes components for carmakers, to a management team called Trident Automotive for £92.5m.
The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) is planning to acquire the British School of Motoring for £54m, which would give it access to new members as they pass their driving tests.
Motorcycle City, the chain of motorcycle dealers, has been sold to a management buy-out with the support of venture capitalist Electra Fleming for undisclosed terms.
Sanderson Bramall is acquiring Charles Sidney, the Mercedes-Benz distributor, in a £37m deal that will improve its geographical coverage and increase its representation in prestige marques.
Finelist has acquired Wheels Motor Factors, the car parts business, for £6.8m.
Honda is said to have chosen Swindon as the site to build a compact hatchback model, a move which will increase output at the plant to 250,000 cars a year, and official confirmation is expected in early 1998.
Jardine International Motor of Hong Kong is to acquire Appleyard Group for £55m, creating the largest motor dealer in the UK.
Sixt of Germany is to acquire European Car Rental of the UK, and will expand the business from eight to 50 offices as it launches a major assault on the UK market.
Holt Lloyd has acquired the Simoniz car care products business from Burmah Castrol for £7m.
Land Rover is taking on an additional 300 workers at Solihull to cope with higher than expected demand for its new Freelander vehicle.
Quicks is acquiring Caverdale's 24 car dealerships for £45m, giving it its first Volvo, Jaguar and Lotus franchises and increasing its presence in the south and the Midlands.
Car Group is acquiring Empress Car Co (Abertillery) for £20m, thus doubling its car sales to over 600,000 per year.
Goode Durrant has acquired Transport Development Group's vehicle rentals business for £28.2m, taking it into Scotland and the south of England for the first time.
Marling Industries, the seat belt webbing company, is being acquired by Autoliv of Sweden for £31m.
Republic Industries of the US has made a £95m recommended offer for EuroDollar, the UK car rental company.
Dixon Motors is buying Carnell Motor Group, the car and motorcycle retailer, for £13.4m.
Henlys is selling its motor dealerships to a management buy-out for £56.6m, in order to focus on its growing bus building business.
Mitsubishi Motors is setting up a £2m import centre at Portbury Docks in Bristol in anticipation of an expected doubling in imports to 40,000 cars a year, creating about 80 jobs.
Shalibane, the maker of products for the European motor industry, is acquiring BWL Component Engineering and Alpha Tubes for £3.6m.
Eurosil, the maker of synthetic rubber components for cars, is planning a £2.6m expansion of its plant in County Durham, creating 111 jobs.
General Electric Capital of the US is acquiring TLS, the vehicle rental company, for £68m.
Lear Corporation of the US is acquiring Dunlop Cox, the maker of frames for vehicle seats, from BTR for £36m.
TRW of the US and Toyoda Motor Works of Japan are setting up a joint venture called TRW Toyoda Automotive, to make pumps for power-assisted steering systems near Neath in Wales, creating 220 jobs.
Hyundai of South Korea is said to be considering Bristol, Tyne and Wear, and Scotland as potential sites to build a major European car plant capable of making 100,000 cars a year, with the creation of over 2,000 jobs.
Tomkins is acquiring Stant Corporation, the US car parts maker, for £372m.
Pressac Holdings is acquiring Kaumagraph, the US supplier of dashboard displays for cars, for £9m.
T&N is acquiring Metal Leve's US auto parts business for £31m, which will make it one the world's largest piston manufacturers.
Finelist Group is acquiring Maccess, the car parts retailer, from Heywood Williams for £32.6m.
BSG International has sold its Bristol Street motor dealership to management for £68m, but will retain a 20% stake under its new name Britax International.
Partco, the vehicle parts distributor, is acquiring Dana Distribution Europe from Dana Corp of the US for £103m.
Cooper Tire & Rubber is acquiring Avon Rubber's tyre division for about £60m, as Avon aims to focus on automotive components and technical products.
Nissan is to manufacture a lower-mid-sized car at its Sunderland plant from the year 2000, creating 800 jobs.
Finelist is acquiring Ferraris Piston Service, the vehicle parts distributor, from Tomkins for £61m.
Express Group is investing £3.2m in Express 2 Automotive, a new company based in County Durham to make machined parts for the automotive sector, in a move which will create an initial 61 jobs, rising to 300 jobs later.