John Clark Motor Group has continued the growth of its representation with Volvo Cars UK with the acquisition of Barnetts Motor Group's Volvo Dundee dealership.
The Aberdeen-based AM100 retail group followed up its opening of its first franchised site with the Swedish brand in February – a new Volvo Edinburgh franchise in Edinburgh – with its new addition this week.
Previously located at Riverside Drive, Dundee, the new franchise opened its doors in a temporary facility at MacAdam Place ahead of the opening of a new facility, which will subscribe to Volvo’s latest VRE design code, in 12 months’ time.
Chris Clark, John Clark Motor Group’s managing director, said: “We are looking forward to opening a new home for Volvo Cars in Dundee and welcoming customers to the showroom, as well as some of the existing Volvo Dundee staff into the John Clark Motor Group.
“They are a brilliant team of people and we intend to invest in further training to ensure they are confident with the products and the systems to ensure a seamless transition of the business.”
The new Volvo Dundee franchise’s future home will be John Clark Motor Group’s former BMW facility and will be revamped and re-occupied once a new BMW facility has been built.
The group said that the site will serve customers with a spacious showroom, ample parking, a seven-bay workshop with an MOT facilioty and up to 65 used vehicles on display.
Paul Lanni, John Clark Motor Group’s Volvo Cars UK brand director, is overseeing operations at the dealership.
He said: “I am personally very excited about the new dealership as we have a great team to work with, some brilliant products, such as the recently launched XC40 and V60, plus some exciting models planned for the future.
“Opening a new site is very challenging and I am pleased to say that we have managed to achieve this in an incredibly tight time scale.
“I am fully confident that with the new team in place the dealership will quickly be fully operational and we look forward to welcoming customers to a launch event in the very near future.”
“All current Volvo Cars Dundee customers will receive direct communication from the group that will reassure them that any current manufacturer service plans or warranties will be honoured.
“Plus any future model orders, will be transferred across to the new business at MacAdam Place.”
The John Clark Motor Group, recently ranked 90th in The Sunday Times Top Track 100.
It now employs 1,344 people and represents 14 brands at 42 dealerships across Scotland.
In 2017, the group’s turnover grew by 5% to £742m (2016: £703m) and sold 28,136 vehicles.