The seven-acre site, just off Wessington Way, which was built and designed by local companies, Whelan Construction and Dixon Dawson Architects, consists of Ford and Mazda dealerships, in addition to a purpose-built Ford commercial sales centre.
The group anticipates the first year of business in the new premises to generate sales on 1,500 new Ford cars, commercials and Mazda models, in addition to sales on 1,000 used models.
Annual turnover for the group is expected to increase in the first year of business, from £170m to £180m.
Jennings’ new Sunderland site has been built to replace the group’s former North Hylton Road dealership in Sunderland, which was acquired by Jennings in April 2003.
101 staff from the former North Hylton Road site, have transferred to the new premises, in addition to eight staff members from Jennings Mazda in Washington transferring to the new supersite in Sunderland.
A further five jobs have been created following the expansion of the service department, which is fully equipped to provide services on larger vehicles, including class seven MOTs.
The exterior of the new site accommodates up to 200 used Ford cars, commercials and Mazda vehicles.
Open for business: (l-r) Graeme Armstrong, finance director and company secretary-Jennings Motor Group, Nicky Dalkin, operations director-Jennings Motor Group, Roelant de Waard, chairman and managing director-Ford of Britain, Nigel Sharp, sales director-Ford Motor Company, James Muir, president of Mazda Europe, Rob Lindley, managing director-Mazda UK, Philip Waring, vice president of Mazda Europe and Nas Khan, managing director-Jennings Motor Group, pictured at Jennings’ new supersite in Sunderland.