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Charles Hurst plans £2m investment in Belfast


Charles Hurst Group is planning to invest £2 million and create 26 new jobs as it expands its electric car offering in Belfast.

The investment by the group, which is part of Lookers, will see a new CUPRA and SEAT dealership open later this year.

Charles Hurst operations director Jeff McCartney said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our brand portfolio and introducing the ground-breaking CUPRA hybrid and all-electric vehicles to meet fast-growing local demand for cutting-edge, sustainable and innovative driving options.”

Duncan McPhee, Lookers’ chief operating officer, said: “Right across the group and in every region, we are rapidly accelerating our journey towards all-electric driving that accurately matches the needs of our customers who are keen to embrace a more sustainable future by delivering unrivalled choice, information, and advice for every step of the way.”

“All cars sold as new will be electric in the UK after 2030 when a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans comes into force by the UK government. However, hybrid cars that can drive a significant distance in zero-emission mode will be exempt from this until 2035.”

Charles Hurst operates across eight sites in Northern Ireland and two in the Republic, representing more than 20 car manufacturers, including leading premium and luxury brands.



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