MK Sportscars is one of the big players at the affordable end of the UK's huge Lotus Seven inspired roadster scene. From an embryonic start, producing chassis and suspension components for the Locost, another Seven style car, they were quick to develop their own roadster in 2000 and have since constantly developed the product, while maintaining a clear focus on affordability, allied to quality and high performance. In 2004, the founder of the company Martin Keenan (MK) sold it to his brother Phil and business partner Barry Lunn, both of whom had worked there for several years. Both Phil and Barry have been involved in motorsport of one sort or another for many years and the continued success they brought to MK Sportscars enabled them to move to bigger and better premises in Maltby, Yorkshire, where they currently produce the Indy R and Indy RR.
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The Morgan Motor Company is the oldest independently owned car manufacturer in the world and the oldest British owned one still making cars in the UK. Based in Malvern, Worcestershire, where they first started making cars, Morgan celebrated their centenary in 2009. The Morgan Motor Company is well known all over the world for their hand built open sports cars, echoing a style of car that was a common site on British roads before and after the Second World War.
Despite the familiar 'heritage' look of a classic Morgan, they have kept up to date with technology, incorporating many of the latest mechanical developments into the range. Current models are the 3 Wheeler, the new Plus Four and Plus Six. However, Morgan have a deserved reputation for innovation, so watch this space!
Started in 1924 by the legendary William Morris, the original company of Morris Commercial produced a huge number of different commercial vehicles including the iconic 1950s J-Type van, before it finally dissapeared at the start of the 1970s.
Now, an automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up company, based at Hinton-On-The Green, Worcestershire, has bought the rights to the Morris Commercial name and developed a highly individual version of this van as a fully electric vehicle, called the Morris JE. Production is due to start towards the end of 2021.
Morris Commercial has a highly experienced senior management team, consisting of Dr Qu Li, CEO and Founder of Morris Commercial; Johanna Kriisa, Director of Marketing and Investor Relations; and Tony Frazier, Director of Engineering and Supplier Development and Ewoud Vroegop, Director of Sales and Business.
Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd was founded in 1984 and by 1986 the first cars were rolling off the production lines at the new state of the art factory in Sunderland. Since then, the plant has gone from strength to strength, with a total investment made or announced since 1984 of several billion GBP. Between 1986 and 2015, total production stood at over 8 million vehicles. Production is currently running at at around 500,000 a year with a workforce of 6,700 and supporting a further 27,000 positions in the supply chain. Sunderland currently produces the Juke, Qashqai and LEAF EV ranges (including the LEAF's batteries).
Noble Automotive started life in 2001 with the launch of the M12, an incredibly quick and fine handling supercar which received almost universal praise from the world's motoring press. In 2006 Peter Dyson bought the company. An avid, uncompromising and knowledgeable collector of exotic cars and hugely successful business entrepreneur, who also owned an M12. Peter's vsion for the company was to produce a modern supercar, without computer assistance, but with the Noble characteristic compliant and efficient chassis and performance, which would allow the driver to be back in control. The Noble M600 was born and it is currently being hand-built at the factory in Leicester, alongside the open top M600 Speedster. A smaller brother, the M500, is under development.