Lookers has hit a new record for its first-half underlying profits with £50.3 million in the first half of 2021. In the same period last year, when the Covid pandemic struck, the group recorded an underlying loss of £36.1m. The franchised dealer group has also appointed a new non-executive chairman and new CFO. Revenue for […]

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SsangYong Motors UK is delighted to welcome Station Garage to its ever-increasing franchised dealer network. The brand will be represented in both Aberdeen and Torphins, Scotland. Station Garage was founded in 1979 by the late Bob Shepherd, and Adrian McGregor when they opened their first showroom  in the centre of Torphins. The company specialised in […]

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Franchised dealer group, Wessex Garages, has opened a new Nissan dealership in Newport, South Wales. The group says this showroom, their fourth Nissan dealership, fills a ‘strategic gap’ in its Nissan territory. Their Nissan network now stretches from Cardiff across the Severn estuary to Bristol, and up as far as Gloucester. Wessex Garages are delighted that […]

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One of the UK’s best known franchised dealer groups, Bristol Street, is opening its first MG franchise in Carlisle. Bristol Street, part of Vertu Motors PLC, is adding MG to its portfolio in the north-west. The group believes the brand offers a great opportunity to increase sales and EV penetration. Bristol Street MG will be […]

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Stoneacre Motor Group has acquired the Durham and Sunderland Toyota dealerships from Jardine Motor Group. The acquisition means they’re responsible for the whole Toyota market in the North East market area. The franchised dealer group now represents Toyota in Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Northallerton, Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and Sunderland, along with Lexus dealerships in Newcastle and Stockton-on-Tees. Stoneacre’s […]

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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 […]

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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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