has announced that full production of MOKE vehicles has returned to the UK – the spirtual home of the brand. All MOKEs are now being 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, MOKE International’s production operations have been based between the Midlands and France, with initial cars engineered in the UK with 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 European Union 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, is a leading Tier One supplier of automotive structures and complete vehicle assemblies to several leading OEMs. The company provides comprehensive design, manufacturing and engineering services and counts Jaguar Land Rover and Morgan among its customers. The company has over 500,000ft2
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.
Since the brand was revived in 2017 by MOKE International, the company’s designers have created special editions celebrating the marque’s heritage.
Today’s MOKEs remain true to the look and feel of the original, with a particular focus on maintaining the sense of fun and freedom that has endeared the car to so many for more than five decades. Updates include a new four-cylinder fuel-injected engine, uprated suspension, braking and the option for either an automatic transmission or manual for the more engaged driver.
The vehicle is also slightly larger to provide more cabin space. Features previously viewed as a luxury like power steering and heated windscreen now, of course, come as standard.