SsangYong Motors UK welcomes Ashby and Mann to its franchised dealer network with immediate effect. Ashby and Mann was established in June 1987 when Malcolm Ashby, Ben Mangiante and their respective partners purchased Johnson’s Garage. At the timeJohnsons held the franchises for Volkswagen and Audi. Fast forward to April 1989 when Ben and wife, Vivienne […]

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Korean brand Ssangyong is aiming to grow from 68 to 85 franchised dealers by the end of the year. Ken Griffin, UK Managing Director said: “We’re looking for around 80-85 sites. We think that’s the right number for the network to get us good coverage over the country. We’re a bit short just now in […]

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Riverside Motor Group has acquired Harratts Group’s Honda site in Wakefield for an undisclosed sum. The Honda dealership will continue to operate from Calder Park in Wakefield with Riverside retaining all existing staff. The franchised dealer group now represents Honda, Volvo, SEAT, CUPRA, and Mitsubishi. Riverside Motor Group were established in 1982. It is an […]

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US retail giant Group 1 Automotive has bought East Anglia-based Robinsons Motor Group for an undisclosed sum. The deal for the franchised dealer group was completed on 5 July. Robinsons operates 10 new vehicle franchises nine of which are within the Volkswagen Group and the 10th a Citroen dealership. The group’s latest accounts, covering 2019, […]

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Franchised retailers are unhappy with their manufacturer partners over the introduction of agency agreements. This is after Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen Group and Volvo issued agency agreement consultation documents. Retailers fear the agreements will adversely impact the profitability of their business and their ability to offer the best experience to customers. The NFDA has begun seeking legal […]

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Motorpoint is to create over a dozen new jobs with the opening of a purpose-built Vehicle Preparation Centre in Motherwell. Motorpoint is the UK’s largest independent car retailer and has been based in Mount Vernon, Glasgow for almost 20 years. The company is relocating its existing Vehicle Preparation Centre to the new eight-acre facility on […]

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Marshall Motor Group are to pay colleagues a one-off bonus in recognition of their tremendous efforts during the COVID pandemic. In addition to this they have implemented a back dated pay review of up to 4% increase for eligable colleagues. This announcement comes soon after the franchised dealer group announced they will repay over £4m of […]

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Stoneacre Motor Group acquired the RMB Motor Group on June 1st. The franchise dealer group will take over the Toyota and Lexus showrooms in Stockton on Tees and the Renault and Dacia dealerships in Northallerton and Darlington. There is also a used car and body repair centre in Yarm. All RMB staff, except directors, have […]

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Franchise dealer group Perrys has opened an MG dealership in Aylesbury. The new dealership is situated on the town’s busy Bicester Road. It offers a new car sales showroom, aftersales, used cars and EV facilities. It sits alongside Perrys’ other sites in Aylesbury – the county town of Buckinghamshire. Denise Millard, Executive Director for Perrys […]

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Mercedes is consulting with its UK retail network about moving to an agency model for all new car sales. The brand is also looking to sell its own Mercedes-Benz Retail Group which operates nine sites around London. The move to sell off the London sites comes as the manufacturer was looking at switching from a […]

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