New tyre and autocentre opening is second in the UK

July 16, 2019

A new Quick Lane Tyre & Autocentre has opened in Prestwich following substantial investment by TrustFord.

Located on Bury New Road at junction 17 of the M60, the new site takes over a vacant independent garage and car dealership, bringing an influx of new jobs to the local area.

Initially five staff have been recruited, but this is expected to grow as the business develops.

Quick Lane centres service all makes and model of vehicle across 13 core maintenance and light repair services.

The fast-growing franchise says it offers motorists a new customer experience that implements technology at the heart of the customer journey.

According to John Dines, UK operations director, Quick Lane, the new Prestwich site will focus on delivering ‘time as a commodity‘, providing rapid service and repair functions to a highly-professional standard.

The new centre will also offer motorists a free 30-point vehicle health check to ensure that cars remain safe on the road.

Mr Dines said: “We understand that people value products and services that give them time back into their day.

“We’re taking away the inconvenience of vehicle repair by offering a rapid service that fits around our customers’ busy lives.

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“Our focus is on being brilliant at the basics and providing local motorists with transparency, convenience and confidence and this will be reflected in our new Prestwich site.”

Quick Lane Prestwich is the second franchised Quick Lane centre in the UK and was made possible following significant investment from TrustFord.

It joins a global network of more than 1,000 workshops in 32 countries, which operate on a license and franchise basis.

The Quick Lane franchise was borne out of consumer research regarding motorists’ needs from automotive repair centres.

Drivers cited transparency, convenience, confidence and a stress-free environment as their key priorities. This created the Quick Lane ethos: to provide ‘convenience with confidence.’

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Stuart Foulds, chairman and chief executive of Colchester-based TrustFord which is part of the Ford motor group, said: “In line with the Quick Lane ethos we’re committed to driving the standard in customer care.

“We know that efficiency and convenience are crucial for our customers, and are therefore committed to investing in the efficient delivery of highly professional and convenient servicing and maintenance.

“These new facilities give us the scale and resource to meet our customers’ servicing needs, and help Quick Lane deliver the excellent service it is known for.”

By Neil Hodgson

Source: The Business Desk

Isuzu UK dealer network expands with seven new sites

July 12, 2019

Isuzu has added seven new dealerships to its UK network, bringing the total number of franchisees to 105.

This year’s new additions follow the appointment of five new dealers for the Japanese brand in 2018.

William Brown, Isuzu (UK) manager director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the new franchises to the Isuzu Family of dealers. I wish them every success ensuring the multi award-winning Isuzu D-Max continues to be the number one Pick-Up of choice in the UK and helping us achieve our goal of 10,000 units by 2025.”

The newly appointed dealerships are Otter Vale Motor Services in Honiton, Harris Truck & Van in Gateshead, Madeley Heath Motors in Keele, M. M. Bellinger & Sons in Oxford, Trelawny in Penzance, Compass Tractors in Bridgewater and R W Crawford in Writtle.

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Alan Able, head of sales at Isuzu (UK), added: “As an established brand in the Pick-Up market with a proven track record and continued growth, this year in particular we have seen more and more interest in becoming an Isuzu dealer. With our multi award-winning truck, low franchise costs and excellent profit opportunities, it’s an attractive proposition for any entrepreneurial business owner.”

The Isuzu model range consists of one vehicle, the D-Max pick-up. It is available in a variety of trims, with prices from £16,909 (ex VAT). This year alone, the D-Max has picked up five awards.

Sales of the pick-up continue to grow, with the brand predicting a 5% uplift in registrations next year.

The D-Max performs well in fleet, where it is favoured by utility companies and more recently the RAC.

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Higher-priced special editions give it a chance in the lifestyle market too.

The brand is continuing to look for new partners to represent it across the UK, as it plans further expansion.

Isuzu (UK) is part of IM Group, the official importer of Isuzu and Subaru vehicles in the UK.

Author: Matt de Prez

Source: AM Online

Fast-fit operator going ‘back to basics‘ with opening of first UK franchise

June 23, 2019

The first-ever UK-franchised Quick Lane Tyre & Autocentre has opened in Reading, as the fast-fit operator brings a hugely successful North American chain to investors across Europe.

Quick Lane, which globally already has around 1,000 workshops on a license and franchise basis, has outlined its ambitious growth plans for the UK to provide its customers with transparency, convenience and confidence across 13 core maintenance and light repair services.

Just a few months after opening its first UK-franchised site in Reading, Quick Lane Tyre & Autocentre is undertaking exciting preparations to open two more locations in Bracknell and Prestwich in the immediate future. The company, which services all vehicle makes and models, is focused on its mission to give customers back the most valuable thing to them…time.

By implementing technology at the heart of the customer journey, alongside a fresh new outlook and ethos to team recruitment, Quick Lane is offering investors something different to the industry status quo. Its ambitious expansion plans offer the best possible network footprint to keep customers on the road with minimal disruption.

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The Reading store was opened by Quick Lane’s long-term sponsee, British rally driver Louise Cook, before the company announced that further sites have already been agreed for Bracknell and Prestwich. These ambitious growth plans are part of a wider expansion strategy, which has already seen Quick Lane move into Germany in early 2019, where two brand-new centres have opened in Krefeld and Hennef. These new European locations help to complement the already strong USA operation that’s been running for a number of years on a licence basis.

Quick Lane’s focus on delivering ‘time as a commodity’ shows the company understands that customers value products and services that give them back time into their day – time to spend doing what they prefer, rather than the inconvenience of vehicle repair.

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John Dines, UK operations director, Quick Lane UK, commented: “We are focused on providing convenience with confidence by maintaining a transparent and consultative relationship that keeps customers returning. Motorists are keeping their vehicles for longer and this offers an exciting opportunity for investors to launch their very own customer-focused tyre and MOT brand in the UK.

“We work closely with each Franchisee, helping them achieve their potential in their exclusive allocated territory. Our Franchisees are guided through the pre-opening phase and provided with effective, ongoing support from identifying and securing location and premises, workshop layout and specification, team recruitment and training, data-driven marketing and PR, in addition to experienced and dedicated Local Operations Managers.”

Source: BDaily

Ssangyong celebrates addition of 10 new dealers in six months

May 21, 2019

Ssangyong Motor UK has celebrated the addition of 10 new dealerships in just six months as part of a “dramatic transformation over the past year”.

The Korean brand now has a franchised retail network of 65 sites and is eyeing continued growth with a target of reaching 90 franchised retail points by the end of 2020.

But Nick Laird, managing director at SsangYong Motors UK, is clearly pleased with how the “dramatic transformation” of the brand’s UK offering is shaping up.

Laird said: “This brand has undergone dramatic transformation over the past year with the implementation of a new growth strategy, the introduction of new, more exciting products, and, with the expected future development we have in mind, the focus on the expansion of our dealer network is of paramount importance to our customers – both existing and prospect.

“At the moment, some of our prospect customers, people who are genuinely interested in our brand and products, tell us that their nearest dealer is too far away from them, and more often than not, it is.

“Our focus on filling open points will help us and our dealers to generate more awareness for SsangYong, give buyers more confidence in the brand and sell more cars.”

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SsangYong said in a statement issued today (May 20) that it has an “interesting approach to franchising”.

It claims that its proposition is unique in that it endeavours to change how prospects view operating a new-vehicle franchise by presenting no up-front fees, zero-cost signage, and no charges for special tools or computer diagnostics.

The 10 new retail operations which have embraced the approach to become Ssangyong Motor UK franchised retailers during the past six months are:

NT Shaw of Louth

Haven Motors, Horsham

Dales Automotive, Barnoldswick

Bassetts SsangYong, Swansea

DS Dalgleish, Coldstream

Seeker SsangYong, Chesterfield

Brenwood SsangYong, Kirkaldy

Platinum SsangYong, Frome

Rowcliffe SsangYong, Bridgewater

Oakwood SsangYong, Tyneside

Dave Rose, head of franchising for SsangYong Motors UK, said: “We want to make it easy for dealers to join our franchise, so we’ve removed unnecessary barriers.

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“We’ve created new roles within our franchising team to support our growing network and the number of inbound enquiries that we have received from prospect dealers.

“To have introduced 10 new dealers in less than 6 months is an incredible achievement, and we have big plans in place to develop the network even further over the next 12 months – if we can add another 10 dealers to the network this year, we will be absolutely delighted.”

SsangYong Motors UK appointed Ian Wilson as dealer recruitment manager to oversee the growth of the brand’s dealer network last month.

He will be based in Scotland but will be responsible for securing new partners nationally.

Rose added: “In a nutshell, the priority is, and has been, to provide the right elements that form strong dealer partnerships, improve franchisee profitability and promote growth for both the dealer network and for SsangYong Motors UK.”

Author: Tom Sharpe

Source: AM Online

Ssangyong Motors strengthens dealer franchising team

April 29, 2019

SsangYong Motors UK has strengthened its dealer franchising team with the appointment of Ian Wilson as Dealer Recruitment Manager. Ian will be based in Scotland however will be responsible for securing new partners nationally with immediate effect.

Wilson, who has worked in the motor industry for all of his working life, started his career in the retail sector, changing direction to work for vehicle manufacturer Kia in 1989. He started with Kia as regional manager for the East Midlands when the brand was being prepared for launch by its then UK distributor, MCL Group. Fast forward 28-years, having held a variety of dealer-facing roles at Kia, Ian left his concluding position as general manager of dealer development to spend more time at home, in Scotland, with his family.

Speaking of his new role, Wilson said: “I’m looking forward to supporting growth within the network in the next phase of SsangYong’s development in the UK, and building upon the excellent relationships they already have with its dealer partners. There is gratification in seeing a brand such as SsangYong evolve, and I’m delighted to be part of that journey.“

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SsangYong, who has introduced several new dealers already in 2019, is actively looking for new partners to represent the brand in several open points across the UK. Its’ proposition is unique and endeavors to change how prospects view operating a new vehicle franchise by offering no up-front fees, with zero-cost signage, special tools and computer diagnostics.

Dave Rose, head of franchising for SsangYong Motors UK, explains; “We want to make it easy for dealers to join our franchise, so we’ve removed any barriers to ensure representing our brand is appealing. Rose continued; “It’s a very busy and exciting time for us and we’re delighted that Ian has joined the team. His frontline dealer experience along with his manufacturer experience will be invaluable to us as we develop and grow our dealer network in the UK.”

By Matt Sumner

Source: Fleet Point

MG Motor UK opens new dealership in the West Midlands

April 24, 2019

Autobase MG is the brand’s 92nd franchise dealership and represents the 12th new dealership opening for MG Motor UK in 2019.

The site has been upgraded and features a five-car showroom and space for up to 60 pre-owned vehicles.

Autobase also has an eight-bay garage for service and maintenance and ample visitor parking on site.

The new dealership has also upgraded its on-site facilities for electric vehicles with a charging bay and the capability to service and maintain zero-emissions vehicles.

Ali Allibhai, director & dealer principal, Autobase, said: “We are delighted to represent this iconic British brand in the region, which has such a strong affiliation with MG. The brand’s ethos fits with our family owned business perfectly where the customer is always at the centre of everything we do.

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“We are really excited about the arrival of MG to the Autobase Group and it will form part of our dual-brand showroom.

“Our business is looking to the long-term and we strongly believe that the MG brand is at the start of a very exciting journey and it is tremendously exciting to join the network as it continues to offer customers a value-for-money package that is unrivalled in the industry.”

David Allington, network development manager at MG Motor UK, said: “Our brand in on track to reach 120 franchise dealerships by the end of 2020 to support the brand’s strategic long-term growth plans.

“The new site is of great strategic importance for our brand as it increases our footprint in the West Midlands with a partner who has a long track-record of delivering an extremely high level of customer service. MG Motor UK is delighted to welcome Ali and the Autobase MG team to the family.”

Autobase is a family-owned and run business.

Posted by: Ellis Davies

Source: Motor Trader

TrustFord wins 2019 Fleet News Award for Fleet Dealer of the Year

March 24, 2019

TrustFord Franchise UK. TrustFord’s investment in its fleet operation and the determination to ensure it stands out from other dealers has led to further UK expansion, with a focus on its mobile division.

As part of its dedication to “minimising downtime and maximising ease of operation” TrustFord appointed aftersales representatives within its fleet team to its expanded mobile servicing operation, which now consists of 50 units.

This has led to the appointment of an aftersales development manager and an assistant manager who sit within the sales division.

TrustFord said: “This unusually joined-up approach has won us business, so we know it’s working for our customers.”

A crucial part of this expansion was extending business to Scotland, with a singular intention to support its fleet client base.

Alongside this expansion, TrustFord invested and developed its own logistics booking system, allowing all of fleet operations to interact electronically with transport providers to minimise workload.

The success of this initiative has seen the system rolled out across the wider TrustFord Group.

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Operating 60 dealership sites across the UK, with nine dedicated business centres and compound and preparation centres across the country, TrustFord offers a holistic solution to customers of all sizes.

Its continued investment in infrastructure has seen its Long Marston site expand to 33 acres from seven, with the ability to prepare more than 30,000 vehicles per year. In what TrustFord calls a “blueprint for success” it will use the Long Marston expansion to develop other UK sites, including a three-acre one in London and a 16-acre site in the north of England.

Close collaboration with Ford of Britain has seen TrustFord assume management of its direct sales admin team and responsibility for all UK direct sales, which enables its ability to “offer seamless partnership with no distinction between franchise and manufacturer”.

TrustFord achieved this by attending joint site visits and collaborative meetings. In addition, both teams share respective fleet marketing plans to ensure a joined up and consistent message is delivered to customers.

It is also now working in partnership with Ford of Europe to bring expertise on future developments in alternative fuel and smart mobility.

Source: Fleet News

Car And Automotive Franchise UK – Should You Buy UK Car Franchises?

March 19, 2019

Automotive Franchise UK – the TOP 10 MUST KNOWS about finding and running  successful UK Automotive Franchises.

Car and automotive franchises UK have thrived upon a solid foundation of a franchising-ready template for decades. Should you, however, buy a car and automotive franchise UK in the present economy?

There are few franchise sectors out there that can rival the robustness and straightforward revenue models adopted by the car and automotive franchises UK. For years, would-be franchisees have preferred buying an automotive franchise UK over other top contenders like retail and food franchises, simply for the reason that it’s much easier to translate the demand into sales for automotive franchises.

At face value, this might look like a twisted pattern, but it really isn’t when you dig a little deeper and analyse the numbers in this regard.

All things said and done, buying a car and automotive franchises UK means you invest in an opportunity that targets the widest and largest chunk of the overall adult consumer demographic. On top of that, most car franchises UK provide services that are of the ‘necessity’ nature, and not the ‘luxury’ nature.

A combination of these factors means that UK automotive franchises have a head start over most other franchise sectors. The question, however, remains – should you really buy a car and automotive franchises UK, especially in the present state of the economy?

Let’s try to figure these things out.

Why Car And Automotive Franchises UK Have Been Successful

There’s little need to go wandering looking for answers when the answer has been staring us in the face all along.

  • In terms of car ownership, the UK is one of the leading countries not just in Europe – but in the world.
  • On average, in the last five years, 3-3.5 million new cars are licenced in the UK each year.
  • Close to 40 million cars are presently licenced.
  • The number of UK households that own at least one car has been on the rise throughout the last decade.
  • At the same time, the number of UK households that own 2 or more cars has also been steadily rising.
  • There was a brief slump in 2017 in the number of new cars licenced in the UK – but that seems to be nothing more than an aberration, when looked at from a wider perspective.
  • The latest trends in car manufacturing and buying look all set to revolutionise the automotive industry around the world, and the UK is no exception. The number of new ultra-low emission cars being licenced shows clear signs of disruption.

Sources: Statista 1, Statista 2, The Office For National Statistics

The only reason for us to furnish these stats is to paint a clear picture of the immense diversity and room that still exists in the auto sector for even a new car and automotive franchise UK to make their mark. Of course, the size of the industry – on its own – isn’t of much significance until we assess the nature of the demand. We’ll come back to that point when we discuss the types of UK car and automotive franchises.

Are Automotive And Car Franchises UK Following A Dated Business Model?

If you’re looking to invest in a car franchise UK, this is an extremely interesting point to follow.

In the business statistics we looked at in the earlier point, we – quite on purpose – decided to withhold an important bit – the urban youth’s waning desires to ‘own’ cars.

It’s a phenomenon that’s native to almost every developed economy in the world – the millennials just aren’t as interested in buying new cars as their counterparts in previous generations were.

Here’s an interesting perspective (borrowed from the Financial Times): the car service industry (in which every car and automotive franchise UK falls) needs to revamp their offerings to match the ‘green’ and ‘clean’ requirements of the new generation(s).

In that sense, it would be safe to say that UK automotive franchises are a touch behind the curve. From a totally different point of view, this also means that we expect there to arise quite a few interesting sub-niches for car franchise UK owners to explore.

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What Does A Typical Car And Automotive Franchise UK Do?

Almost every car franchise UK can be treated as a service provider of some sort – with many doubling up as product selling businesses.

The focus, for such franchises, is always on attracting, acquiring and closing their choice of demographic in close tandem with the franchisor’s expertise – a proven template for many franchise operations across industries and sectors.

This point becomes much clearer when consider the types of car franchises UK.

Types of UK Car Franchises

While it’s not possible to list all the types here, here are the most popular ones:

Car Dealership Franchises UK

A car dealership franchise is probably the best representation of how and why UK car franchises have been performing so predictably (a good thing).

Car dealership franchises are closer to other ‘commission’ based franchise sectors like estate agency franchises than product based franchises. While these usually come with a steep price tag, it’s easy to see why franchisees are willing to put money into car dealerships. By running a car dealership franchise unit, a franchisee can ride the brand value of the cars that are on sale AND the franchisor business – a great deal!

Moreover, buying and selling used cars generally guarantees a steady stream of revenue for most car dealers.

Car Rental And Leasing Franchises

The car rental industry in the UK is well-established and fairly deep-rooted (with annual revenues exceeding £700mn for 2018).

From the car and automotive franchise UK perspective, this sector can be divided into two broad categories:

  1. Consumer Facing Car Rentals

Thanks to many popular start-ups and ride sharing apps, the consumer-facing, retail car rental sector has been rendered extremely difficult for franchises to breach. As a franchisee looking to invest in a car franchise UK, you’re likely to find no more than a handful opportunities in the retail rental sector.

  1. B2B Car Leasing

This, on the other hand, is a great prospect in terms of franchising. The B2B car leasing market isn’t likely to be disrupted anytime soon. Local businesses prefer to lease cars from other local businesses that can give them a fair deal – something a car leasing franchise UK can certainly capitalise on.

Garage And Car Repair Franchises

Garage and car repair franchises are extremely popular at local levels because, for a modest investment, they guarantee a revenue stream that can be easily secured at the consumer end. In addition, if the franchisor business has exclusive repair authorisations to popular car makes, you can hope to build your franchise unit up to a handsome level of profitability quickly.

Most franchisors, however, require their franchisees to have at least some prior experience in running/operating car repair businesses. If you’re confused about where to begin your franchising journey, here’s how to know if franchising is for you or not.

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Car Wash Franchises

If there’s one thing car wash franchises UK have built their rise on, it’s the clearly defined service model. Car wash businesses – even though they sell ancillary products – are predominantly service providers, nothing more and definitely nothing less.

As a carwash franchise UK, you’ll most likely be competing against local car wash businesses that you (hopefully) have an edge over in terms of marketing, brand value and expertise.

Running a car wash franchise UK also means that you need to carefully consider and follow the local council rules regarding the use and disposal of water and chemicals – a huge costing factor in urban areas.

Product Based Car Franchises

Unlike other service based car franchises UK, product based franchises operate like any other retail franchise would. The profit margins are defined exclusively by the products, not the expertise. What this also means is that there’s very little room for the franchisee to grow the franchise unless they can trust their franchisor to bring on board excellent products (bespoke or licenced).

The most common variety of such franchises are tyre dealerships – a combination of product and service based business models. All the biggest tyre companies have exclusive territories already assigned to distributors and retailers. So, working with a franchisor who holds these rights becomes the key.

How Much Does A Car Franchise UK Cost?

A typical car and automotive franchise UK can be bought for a combination of fees – the one-off franchise fee and additional investments for marketing, inventory, location, territory rights and know-how (training and support).

A quick look at some of the most popular UK car franchises tells us that a medium-sized car franchise UK costs anywhere between £20,000 and £75,000.

If you have been following our blog (you should, if you aren’t!), you’d know that this investment range falls in the zone in which most service-based franchises operate.

Buying a car and automotive franchise UK means that you also get unique benefits and perks from the franchisor. These usually include marketing support, IT help, business assistance, franchise finance and more. We’ve talked at length about how these factors franchise-buying decisions in our free how to choose a franchise guide.

Should You Buy A Car And Automotive Franchise UK?

Car franchises UK make for an ideal fit for you if you have prior experience in the industry.

That doesn’t, however, mean that you can’t ‘make it’ if you haven’t worked in the industry. With the right kind of people working for you, it’s definitely possible to make a car franchise UK work, provided that you’ve chosen your franchisor based on meticulous franchise market research.

For would-be franchisees, we have prepared a handy franchise checklist – you can download it here for free.

Top Car Franchises UK

Car and automotive franchises UK occupy a significant cross section of the UK franchising world. Naturally, there are dozens of franchise opportunities available in this sector – and with these numbers comes confusion. To give our readers a fair idea of what a typical car and automotive franchise brings on board, we have compiled a short list of some of the most popular UK car franchises.

Please note that all the numbers and details mentioned below are subject to change. It’s best to contact the franchisor business for more information.

1. Revive!

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £14,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Van-based smart car repair business
  • Exclusive territories with high scalability
  • 6-8 vans per territory
  • Full training
  • Business support
  • Marketing support
  • Exit support
  • Full BFA Member

2. Hometyre

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £5,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Van-based tyre business
  • 16 years in business
  • No industry experience required
  • No need to stock inventory – orders fulfilled by the franchisor
  • Marketing support
  • Full training on offer

3. Motor Republic

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £18,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Car rental and leasing services for businesses
  • 6-8 vans per territory
  • Home-based franchise opportunity
  • Ideal for franchisees with sales/B2B background
  • Marketing support
  • Exit support

4. Optic-Kleer

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £15,000 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Windscreen repair business
  • 25+ years in operation
  • Over 50 active franchise units
  • Full training
  • Marketing support
  • Associate BFA Member

The Wheel Specialist

  • Minimum Initial Investment: £44,997 (plus VAT)
  • USP: Wheel repair, refurbishment and customisation services
  • Finance assistance may be available
  • Full training provided
  • Business support
  • Marketing support
  • Associate BFA Member

Car And Automotive Franchises UK – The Takeaways

  • Industry experience isn’t as important as your ability to raise finance and run daily operations smoothly.
  • Car franchises UK are for you if you can manage a group of employees well.
  • As ever, the franchise market research is important.
  • Keep an eye of market trends – especially related to emission regulations, electric cars and self-driving cars.

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Rybrook Group acquires JLR Stoke from Pendragon

March 10, 2019

Rybrook Group has completed its acquisition of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) franchised car dealership from Pendragon Premier Limited.

Completed for an undisclosed sum on February 28, the deal has seen the facility integrated within Rybrook Cars Limited and lose its previous Stratstone branding in favour of Rybrook Land Rover Stoke and Rybrook Jaguar Stoke.

Henry Whale, Rybrook’s chief executive, said: ““The acquisition of Jaguar and Land Rover in Stoke complements our existing Jaguar and Land Rover sites in the North West, Wales and West Yorkshire.

“We are delighted to be extending our retailer network whilst strengthening our relationship with Jaguar Land Rover Limited and we look forward to the exciting developments ahead.

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new colleagues upon joining the Rybrook family, their expertise and experience is a valuable asset to our Group.”

The Jaguar Stoke facility on Victoria Square and Land Rover facility on Broad Street have yet to be upgraded to the widely rolled-out Arch Concept corporate identity rolled out across the JLR network.

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The addition of the new sites to the Rybrook business take its number of dealerships to 25.

Rybrook Group represents Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, McLaren, Mini, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Volvo.

Last month it also confirmed its appointment as a franchised retailer for the Pinninfarina supercar brand.

Pinninfarina unveiled its 1,900PS Battista EV supercar at this week’s Geneva Motor Show and the vehicle will reach UK showrooms in 2020.

Rybrook will represent the Italian supercar brand in the UK as it establishes a franchise to deliver sales and aftersales support for the car in five European cities – Brussels, Stuttgart, Birmingham, Monaco and London – with HR Owen in the “final discussion” stage potentially become the brand’s second UK retailer.

Just 50 Pininfarina Battista electric (EV) ‘hypercars’ are destined for the European dealership network, with an estimated price expected to be between £1.6m and £2m each.

By Tom Sharpe

Source: AM Online

Haven Motor Company to open Horsham SsangYong franchise

February 20, 2019

Haven Motor Company has announced its appointment as part of the SsangYong UK franchise with news that it will open a new dealership in Horsham.

The dealership will operate the SsangYong franchise from its premises at Handcross Road, Plummers Plain, Horsham.

Dealer principal of Haven Motor Company, Stephen Surrey, said: “We are very pleased to have taken on the SsangYong franchise, and greatly look forward to growing our business as a result.

“SsangYong has a great range, and with very competitive pricing and a 7-years/150,000 miles warranty, we believe it will do extremely well in our area. We will be showcasing SsangYong with a Test Drive Launch Event, February 21 to 24.”

SsangYong is gearing-up for a major push to attract new dealers.

The brand is committed to long term investment in new products and will see at least one new model launched each year through to 2022, offering a very clear product portfolio of SUV, 4×4 and pick-up models – all sectors of the market in growth.

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The SsangYong approach is to make it easy for dealers to acquire and operate the franchise by removing barriers to ensure representing the brand is highly appealing and easily assessable.

SsangYong Motor UK’s managing director, Nick Laird, said: “We and our dealers are focused on giving customers great service, so whether buying a new or used SsangYong, choosing accessories or helping to maintain their car in the years ahead, we are confident customers will appreciate the car, their dealer and the brand.

“We are especially delighted that Haven Motor Company has decided to add the brand to their dealership in Horsham.”

Source: AM Online