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 acquired 100% shares in the business. They continued to operate both franchises, then went solus with VW in 1995, replacing them with Mitsubishi Motors in 2002.

Ben Mangiante, owner and dealer principal at Ashby and Mann, said; “Due to Mitsubishi leaving the UK market, we have been looking for a franchise that has the potential to grow and one that shares our ambition and passion to succeed. We have chosen SsangYong Motors as we believe that there is a synergy between our brands. They are progressive with an extremely good product offering – both current, and pipeline.”

Mr Mangiante, continued; “SsangYong shares our families values too – Steve Whyatt, general manager, works alongside my son, Matthew who operates as sales manager, my son-in-law, Richard, who looks after aftersales, and in the accounts team we have my daughter, Laura and wife, Vivienne. Between us, we have a wealth of experience and truly understand the customer journey – we are excited to join the SsangYong family and welcome existing and new customers alike.”

SangYong aims to have 85 franchised dealers by the end of the year.