Evans Halshaw are to close Citroen, Ford, Hyundai, Peugeot, Seat and Vauxhall sites. The franchised dealership closures are part of Pendragon’s operational review to shutter loss-making sites.

These include Citroen Bradford and Stockton, Ford Edinburgh (a used car retailer) and Treforest, Hyundai Newcastle and a joint Hyundai/Seat retailer in Harrogate.

Peugeot Blackpool and Stourbridge are to close, along with four Vauxhall sites, in Beverley, Blaydon, Hull and St Albans. A used car site in York will also close.

Pendragon say a total of 15 franchise retailers are to be shuttered, which operated at a loss of around £1m. This will result in the loss of 400 jobs.