Richmond Motor Group have joined the MG Motor’s franchised dealer network. The newly renovated car showrooms in Portsmouth and Southampton now offer the full range of MG vehicles. This is an exciting time for MG, as they continue to be the UK’s fastest growing car manufacturer. Richmond Group’s managing director, Michael Nobes, said: “The MG […]

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Mazda is spreading its pioneering MyWay car-buying initiative across up to 10 franchised dealers within the next year. This was announced by the brand’s UK managing director Jeremy Thomson. The 2.5-year long pilot programme within the M25, generated more than 400 sales. Hendy’s Tunbridge Wells franchise is the first retailer to apply the scheme, using […]

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Waylands Automotive has acquired Johnsons Cars’ Volvo Oxford, giving the group its fourth Volvo franchise. The dealership has just moved to a new 17-car showroom on Cumnor Hill, Botley. John O’Hanlon, CEO, said: “Everyone at Waylands is delighted to have acquired our fourth Volvo retailer. “This period of growth has been crucial to achieving our key […]

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Stoneacre Motor Group is set to continue its expansion plans with the acquisition of North East-based Mill Garages. The purchase will double the number of Volvo franchised dealerships operated by Stoneacre, taking it from four to eight sites. The acquisition, which is expected to be completed on Monday 1 October, takes Stoneacre to 95 new […]

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Lookers will make a further investment in its dealership network by purchasing Jennings Motor Group. Jennings, the North East based franchised dealer group, is a respected and well-established name across the region. Whilst Ford is their key brand partner, they also represent Kia, Seat and Mazda. The acquisition reinforces Lookers’ position as one of the […]

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The John Grose Group has opened a brand-new franchised dealership for Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands. The new site in Ipswich is a significant investment for the local franchise retailer group. Situated on the Ransomes Europark, close to the A14, the new dealership features new modern showroom facilities for each brand. The Peugeot dealership has […]

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The latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey shows relationships have improved between manufacturers and franchised retailers. Over the last 6 months there’s been a 0.4 point rise to 5.7 for the overall relationship. This marks the first significant uptick since scores started falling five years ago to hit January’s score of 5.3 – the lowest figure on […]

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Britain’s used car market held strong in 2018’s second quarter, with sales down by a marginal -0.4%. These figures have just been released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 2,093,429 vehicles changed hands, just 8,725 fewer than Q2 2017. Superminis remained the most popular segment, despite a -2.6% decline in transactions, accounting […]

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MG Motor UK has added five new partners to its franchise dealer network. This is part of their drive towards its goal of establishing a full national network of 120 sites by 2020. The latest additions to the network are Crayford & Abbs in north Norfolk, Thomas & Davies in Merthyr Tydfil, McMillan Motors in […]

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Colin Appleyard has moved its Suzuki Shipley showroom to larger premises. The Keighley based dealer acquired the Bradford Mototcycles site on Canal Road last year and has since undertaken major alterations. The new larger site allows Colin Appleyard to offer much improved customer facilities. These include a 12 car showroom, a 30 car forecourt and […]

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