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), and are now also building the first Infiniti models to be made in Europe, the Q30 and QX30 models.
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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.
Norton began making motorcycles in Birmingham at the start of the 20th century and became well know for their early competition success, most notably in the Isle of Man TT races.
This iconic British brand, whose name was taken from the company's founder, James Lansdowne Norton, was responsible for introducing certain technologies that are still used in motorbike design and construction today.
After various financial upheavals and several changes of ownership, including a recent 15 years in American hands, the Norton Brand is now owned by British businessman, Stuart Garner and the company is based at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Derbyshire.
They currently build three variants of the Norton Commando 961 MK2 and also the new Dominator, and are still heavily involved in motorcycle racing.
Based in Taunton, Somerset, this now family run company evolved from roots embedded in the car restoration world. The company was originally formed in 1998 by Chris Boyer, Simon Davis and Malcolm Rolfe, at the time having shared over 80 years of experience in all aspects of the Motor Industry. Chris and Simon had previously concentrated on high quality coachwork, winning a number of concourse awards, including the coveted title of Best Mini in the World at the Mini 40 celebrations. Malcolm had spent many years working for Rolls-Royce and was commended whilst within that company. Nostalgia currently offers three replica models in the company line-up: the Le Mans winning C-Type and the classic Jaguar XK in both 120 and 140 formats. A leading motoring correspondent recently proclaimed the Nostalgia Cars XK140 replica as the 'Rolls Royce' of specialist car production.
Established in 2010 and based near Diss in Norfolk, Old Empire Motorcycles are not like other custom bike builders. In their own words:
"Old Empire Motorcycles founding was born through an absolute and enduring passion for everything two wheeled and The House Of Assembly (HOA) is where we pay daily homage to the gods of speed and fuel. Its the place where we meet, greet, drill, weld, cut, grind, turn, mill, hammer, roll and notch to our hearts content to create and display our bespoke motorcycles.........."Unlike most custom bike builders in the UK we do not stick to styling ‘rules’ but focus on creating the very best we possibly can with what we are given".