New Jensen destined for UK production

20 September 2011 #SMMT News

UK automotive company, CPP Global Holdings, has announced it plans to engineer, develop and manufacture the all-new Jensen Interceptor in the West Midlands, with deliveries to customers beginning in 2014.

The announcement is a further boost to the UK motor industry following yesterday’s news that Jaguar Land Rover will invest £355 million to build low-emission engines at a business park near Wolverhampton, potentially creating thousands of new jobs at the plant and in the local supply chain.

A much-admired GT model, the Jensen Interceptor was originally built between 1966 and 1976, with the new Interceptor designed by a team of Coventry-based designers employed by the Jensen brand’s owners, Healey Sports Cars Switzerland.

The public unveiling of the Interceptor is planned for late 2012, with annual production numbers and pricing yet to be confirmed.

“I started my career by restoring bodies and components for classic British sports cars, so for CPP to take the lead role in reviving this iconic brand is very exciting for the business,” said Brendan O’Toole, founder and co-owner of CPP. “The Jensen design team has respected and honoured the great heritage and attributes of the original Interceptor, while injecting a contemporary edge and advanced technologies that will ensure it appeals to the passionate, discerning motoring enthusiast of today.”

CPP, which already has five existing facilities in Coventry, owns the Bowler off-road vehicle company and is in negotiations to acquire the sports car company, Spyker.

It is purchasing 23 acres at Browns Lane from regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.

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