The Swedish startup Uniti was founded by Australian-born Lewis Horne, a serial entrepreneur who conceived the idea out of a desire to cut the levels of toxic air pollution, which is a crucial issue faced by the global community. Uniti’s innovative design addresses this with their high-tech small electric car, Uniti One, that emits 42.9 tons less CO2 than an average combustion engine vehicle over its life cycle, and significantly less than any electric car on the market today.
Uniti will offer the three seater Uniti One initially to buyers in northern European metro areas with first deliveries planned for early 2020. Additional markets for the vehicle will be added progressively shortly thereafter. Uniti’s sales model notably skips the industry-standard dealership network, and instead, engages customers through direct sales on their website or via partnerships with consumer electronics retailers. Servicing will be handled in a lean and agile manner through established retailers throughout Europe.
Whilst the company is Swedish owned, development and production of the Uniti One will be carried out in Norfolk, UK.
Established in 1903, Vauxhall is the only volume manufacturer continuously building vehicles in the UK for over 100 years. Their Ellesmere Port plant, in Cheshire, produces the sixth generation Astra 5-door hatchback and is the sole manufacturer in Europe of the Astra Sports Tourer. The plant has a headcount of 2,100 and the capacity to produce 187,000 units a year on three shifts. In 2007, Ellesmere Port became the first UK manufacturer to receive the Energy Efficiency Accreditation and in 2010 became the first European manufacturing plant to achieve the Wildlife Habitat Accreditation.
In May 2012, GM announced that it would build the next generation Astra in the UK, safeguarding the Ellesmere Port plant until at least the end of the decade. Then in November 2017, the PSA Group completed its purchase of the Vauxhall and Opel brands from GM. The latest generation Astra Hatchback and Sports Tourer remain in production at Ellesmere Port.
Vauxhall also build the 'medium-sized' van, the Vivaro, at their plant in Luton, for sale in the UK and Europe.
Westfield Sportscars was founded in 1883 by historic grand prix competitor and engineer Chris Smith. By 1991 the company had developed sufficiently to move into the impressive factory in Kingswinford, West Midlands, where they are still manufacturing their range of sports/racing cars today. In late 2006 ownership of Westfield Sportscars transferred to family owned Potenza Sports Cars and a year later they purchased GTM Cars. In 2009 Westfield became the first Niche Vehicle Manufacturer to be awarded European Small Series Production Status which immediately expanded their market in Europe. They have sold over 12000 cars worldwide since 1983 and currently produce over 400 cars a year. The Westfield company itself is now also involved in the design, development and production of various autonomous vehicles, with their Pod now in use in several locations.
Wildcat Automotive are both automotive engineers and successful competitors in off-road motorsport. Indeed, their Managing Director has been involved in this sport for over 25 years. A few years ago, the original company QT Services aquired the rights to build and sell the Wildcat, an awesome off-road racer, from its originator Drew Bowler. Since then they have constantly developed and improved the Wildcat. They now build the current model the Wildcat W1 from their factory in Cornwall together with a new addition to the range, the LSV320 a specialist military vehicle. They are now in the process of developing the Wildcat W22, a totally new version of the W1.
Wrightbus are one of Europe’s leading designers and manufacturers of advanced public transport vehicles. Part of the family-owned and managed Wrights Group Ltd, for over 70 years they have earned a reputation for producing vehicles which excel in style, quality and reliability. Production is based in a modern, hi-tech factory at Ballymena in Northern Ireland.
Their hallmark is innovation – they pioneered low-floor accessible buses in the UK, were the first to introduce lightweight aluminium bodywork, and they have led the way with hybrid-electric buses and alternative drivelines.
they offer a comprehensive and versatile range of vehicles, catering for every aspect of public and private transit operations. From small buses to big buses, single and double deckers, articulated and Bus Rapid Transit.
Their capabilities include design, development and world-class manufacturing. They can supply buses completely built in Northern Ireland or in kit form for assembly overseas. Travel anywhere in the UK by public transport today and the chances are high that you will use a product made in Ballymena! The company now employs more than 2000 peoiple.
As of September 2019 Wrightbus are in Administration and a buyer is being sought.