MOKE International has announced that full production of its MOKE vehicles has officially returned home to the United Kingdom. All MOKEs are to be built at a state-of-the-art facility operated by the British automotive manufacturing services company, Fablink Group.
Since the marque was revived in 2017 and order books for the reborn MOKE opened in September last year, 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.
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. It also follows strong demand for what is rapidly re-emerging as the ultimate beachfront and country estate vehicle. This has 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, England, is a leading Tier 1 supplier of automotive structures and complete vehicle assemblies to several global OEMs. Fablink Group 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 highly skilled engineers, production operators and technicians across six UK sites.
The company’s long-term commitment to MOKE production is reflected in key investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and processes, ensuring flexibility in response to client demand. This enables MOKE to continue to grow its customisation offering that has drawn so many new clients to the marque.
From the revival of the marque in 2017, Fablink’s technical team has worked with MOKE’s engineers, drawn from the leading names in automotive manufacturing, to scale production capacity to meet demand both at home and internationally.
MOKE customers can specify a full range of colours and trim options throughout the vehicle. This includes configurable individual shades for the car’s chassis, bumpers, central bars and front grille – affording a nearly limitless scope to create truly individual interpretations of the MOKE’s iconic design.
Commenting on the announcement, 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.”
UK cars are available to order from today, with prices for the MOKE starting at £20,000 + local taxes + delivery.