Nissan joins the group’s existing Citroën and Mazda franchises based at Wallasey; Peugeot and Fiat are represented at its other site in Heswall.
An estimated £250,000 has been spent on upgrading the site to Nissan’s latest standards, including refurbishing the showroom and dedicated workshop at the rear of the premises, work which took three months to complete.
Existing staff were retrained, and further recruitment is likely in future although it is unclear as yet how many will be needed.
Group managing director David Tuomey says: “We are delighted to represent Nissan in the Wirral, particularly at this exciting time for the manufacturer with the launch of Qashqai.”
Tuomey claims that a good relationship with MG Rover’s administrators helped to minimize the effect of the company’s collapse. Windsors continued to sell the brand for a further 18 months on its Wallasey site.
Under the Nissan franchise, Tuomey expects to sell around 1,000 new and used Nissans per year, with an expected turnover for the whole business of around £30m.