South Korean vehicle parts importer SsangYong Motors UK is to lease a new head office at Howard Tenen’s Europa Industrial Park in Swindon as part of a drive into the electric vehicle (EV) market.

The deal will see SsangYong move its headquarters from Luton to Swindon.

In a statement, SsangYong said: “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.”

Kevin Griffin, MD 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.

“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.”