With Honda leaving Swindon next year and Mitsubishi pulling out of Cirencester soon the manufacturer to take their place is SsangYong.

SsangYong Motors UK Limited, the importer of SsangYong vehicles and parts from South Korea, has confirmed the move of its headquarters from Luton in Bedfordshire to Swindon, Wiltshire.

The new head office will provide SsangYong Motors with a modern and flexible working environment with sufficient parking for employees and visitors and has capacity to operate its national next day parts supply service to its franchised dealers.

The motor company has signed an agreement to lease with Howard Tenens, the owners of Europa Industrial Park in the Stratton St Margaret area of Swindon with immediate effect.

Kevin Griffin, managing director at SsangYong Motors UK, said: “The move to Swindon allows room for growth of the business and ample room for meetings and collaboration, as Ssangyong moves into the next phase of development, including its investment in pure-EV (electric vehicles).

“We can also operate our national parts delivery service to our franchised dealers from the same site and be closer to our import centre at the Royal Portbury Docks in Bristol – which was a big consideration for us.”

The new offices are located at Europa Business Park, Parsonage Rd, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon.

SsangYong vehicles are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 75 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea’s oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4×4 and SUV specialist producer.

There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

Ninety pet cent of people who live in the UK can drive to Swindon in two hours.