International Motors is to acquire the Mitsubishi Motors aftersales franchise operation in the UK from The Colt Car Company.

International Motors, which was established in 1976, is currently the official UK importer for Subaru and Isuzu vehicles

It is anticipated that most of the Mitsubishi Motors franchised dealers in the UK will transition to become Mitsubishi Service Centres.

The purchase will take place on 1st October 2021 and the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK aftersales business will operate independently within IM Group from its current base in Cirencester.

It will be staffed by the existing and experienced Mitsubishi aftersales team members, headed up by Toby Marshall who has been a director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK for over 12 years.

Andrew Edmiston, managing director, IM Group, said: “Mitsubishi is a wonderful brand with a great reputation for excellent products and outstanding customer service. Through the professionalism of the franchised dealer network, customers have come to expect the very highest levels of service. In this new era of ownership by IM Group, customers can expect no less commitment from their Mitsubishi dealer than they have experienced in the past. We will ensure all Mitsubishi dealers have the support they need to continue to deliver this. IM Group are pleased and proud to represent Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.”

Rob Lindley, managing director, The Colt Car Company, added: “The completion of this deal ensures the long-term future for Mitsubishi aftersales in the UK. Operating within the IM Group, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK will continue to deliver the excellent standards of aftersales care, parts supply and vehicle warranty that our customers have experienced and will continue to provide to our UK customers for many years to come.