A Chinese distributor has bought 50 cars from the British sportcar maker Ginetta. The company manufactures about 300 road and race cars annually at its factory at Garforth, Leeds, with a staff of 60. The deal will see the company’s G60 and G40R road cars sold in China.
Mr Tomlinson said: “The cars are quirky and very British, [the Chinese] just love the shape of the cars.” The deal could also lead to expansion of the Garforth works as the factory steps up production.
About 80% of Ginetta’s car production is now for export, said Mr Tomlinson, a trained engineer who bought the firm in 2005. He said the Chinese were attracted to the luxury cars as their economy expanded and consumers had new wealth to spend on luxury goods. The firm has been building cars since 1958.