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Discussions continue over closed Dixon sites

Manufacturers are still looking to fill open points left after Dixon Motor Group went into administration seven weeks ago.

Twenty one sites were closed at the time and the majority of marques remain in discussion with dealers to take on the franchises.

Nissan says it continues to make progress, with four sites close to signing new partners. “Things are progressing well, so hopefully this will all turn out for the better for us,” said a spokeswoman.

Renault remains in ongoing discussions over its Huddersfield and Lincoln outlets, while there have been no developments over Kia’s franchise in York.

“The Dixon administration is a closed case for us,” said a spokesman for Vauxhall. “The site in Leeds is closed but we’re not necessarily looking to fill the slot at the moment. We have other dealers there.”

Meanwhile, Lookers has acquired Ford’s dealership in Savile Street, Sheffield. The manufacturer remains in conversation with dealers over its other site in the city.

Hyundai and Kia were unavailable for comment.

The administrator, BDO Stoy Hayward, is currently working to realise as much of the company assets as possible for Dixon’s creditors.

Graham Newton, business restructuring partner at BDO Stoy Hayward, said: “As part of the legal process we will be submitting a creditors report in the next two weeks. We will also hold a creditors meeting in due course.

“All customers who have placed orders and subsequently submitted deposit claim forms have been contacted by the administrators to inform them of the process.

“It is our intention that all deposits will be paid back in full to customers.”

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