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MOKE vehicles to be produced solely in the UK
MOKE International has announced that full production of its MOKE vehicles will return to the UK, following a production partnership with British automotive manufacturing company, Fablink Group.
Since the marque was revived in 2017, MOKE International’s production operations have been based between the Midlands and France, with initial cars engineered in the UK and assembly taking place on the continent. All MOKE models will now be built at a state-of-the-art facility operated by Fablink Group.
The complete move back to the UK has been made possible by UK government grant funding from the Niche Vehicle Network, alongside the recent trade deal which allows UK automotive businesses tariff-free access to EU markets, based on defined rules of origin.
The new move has also led to the creation of key commercial jobs to guide the brand through its next growth phase, including expansion into international markets.
Fablink Group, headquartered in Northamptonshire, is a Tier 1 supplier of automotive structures and complete vehicle assemblies to several global OEMs. It provides comprehensive design, manufacturing and engineering services to some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover and Morgan. The company has over 500,0002 ft of production space and employs around 700 engineers, production operators and technicians across six UK sites.
The company’s long-term commitment to MOKE production is reflected in key investments in state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and processes, ensuring flexibility in response to client demand and enabling MOKE to continue to grow its customisation offering.
Isobel Dando, CEO, MOKE International, said: “The return of full MOKE production to British shores represents a homecoming for one of our nation’s best-loved icons. Since reviving the marque in 2017, we have re-captivated existing enthusiasts and introduced an entirely new generation to MOKE’s perfect combination of fun, utility and open-air thrills.
“This has been reflected in significant demand from our home market, affirming our plans to light up beach resorts around the world through the global market introduction of the ultimate waterfront-to-beach house vehicle.”
A MOKE is available to order, with prices starting at £20,000, excluding local taxes and delivery.