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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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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MG Motors has announced plans to expand its franchise dealer network to 130 by the end of 2021. The manufacturer increased sales by 40.84% in 2020 despite the market’s 29.4% fall.  They will add “at least a further 10” retailers this year, after 28 signed up during the past 12 months. They include Glyn Hopkin […]

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Eight members of staff at franchised dealers Evans Halshaw Vauxhall Wakefield have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now self-isolating. Public Health England is now working with the retailer, which remains open, and MD Gary Armstrong said the business had been fully inspected by the local authority. Anyone considered to be a contact will be alerted by […]

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Ford, the UK’s largest car brand, is expected to cut almost half its 400-strong dealer network over the next four years.   The move would mean a reduction of 180 dealerships, the aim being to improve profitability. Ford will reveal a network overhaul at its investor conference on 26 February. Managing director Andy Barratt said no […]

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Citroen is expecting to lose up to 25% of their franchised retail network over the next year. Karl Howkins, Citroen managing director, said the current network average return on sales was 0.1% however the top quartile make more than 2.0%. “The second quartile is making around 0.6-0.7% and the third is just about breaking even, […]

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Auto Trader has launched a new service enabling franchised car retailers to advertise their entire stock of brand-new unregistered cars. The service will be free and available until early 2019. It’s estimated that approximately 100,000 brand-new unregistered cars in the UK are not being actively advertised online. These vehicles are essentially hidden from potential car-buyers who often […]

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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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MG Motor UK has continued to achieve growing sales figures throughout the month of May. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed results confirming that MG continues to outperform the new car market. Their  year-to-date volume increase of 103% compared with the first five months of 2017. MG’s registrations have more than doubled […]

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Ford is working with Rockar to open a new-look five-car showroom in the refurbished Next store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre. Test drives will be available from the Arndale Centre and new cars can be handed over there. A  team of 15 product experts and support staff are being recruited for the store, which opens […]

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