Drive Motor Retail has further expanded its previously Vauxhall-dominated franchise portfolio with the addition of three new MG Motor UK dealerships in Leicester, Bristol and Darlington.
The Leicester-based AM100 car retail group confirmed its three-site expansion with the growing MG brand after adding a Citroen franchise to its Vauxhall operation in Stockton to make its first move into expansion with new brands back in February.
All three new MG franchises have now opened their doors to customers.
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Drive joint managing director, Rob Keenan, said: “We are incredibly excited for this new chapter of Drive Motor Retail. MG is one of the largest growing brands in the UK automotive industry, with a strong focus on electric and hybrid vehicles going forward.
“We very much look forward to working with our customers in the Bristol, Leicester and Darlington areas and even further afield in the future.”
Each of Drive’s new MG showrooms are approximately 250sq-m and stock the MG3 hatchback, ZS SUV, HS models and the brand’s range of MG5 EV and ZS EV electric vehicles (EV).
MG’s expanding range allowed it to outpace the UK new car market in a COVID-hit 2020, with registrations of 18,415 representing 41% growth in a market down 29.4%.
Year-to-date to the end of April MG’s registrations are up 50.8%, to 8,307 (2020: 5,510) in a market up 16.2%.
Back in January MG Motor UK said that it had targeted the appointment of 10 more franchised car retail sites to its network in 2021 after welcoming 28 new dealerships last year – expanding its network to 130 locations.
Drive Motor Retail’s own period of growth follows its success as European Dealer of the Year in 2019 and having had dealerships ranked 1st, 3rd, 4th, 9th and 10th out of Vauxhall’s top 170 in the 360 Performance Report last year.