Proton opens new site

Time 11 years ago

proPROTON has announced its new partnership with a dealership in Blakesley near Towcester.

‘The Garage at Blakesley’ will now represent Proton in the area, in sales, servicing and parts.

The dealership boasts the latest diagnostics equipment, an MOT test centre 4, servicing and repairs for all makes of vehicles, as well as a breakdown recovery service, collection and delivery service, Find-A-Car service, and sale or return service for Carsales.

Colin Hilbourne, Dealer Principal for The Garage at Blakesley, said:  ‘We are delighted to have become Proton’s main dealer for the area, and hope this reflects our strong reputation as the garage that cares and retains our independence.

‘We have a lot of passion about the Proton brand – thanks to their Lotus inspired design, Proton’s cars are very stylish, fun to drive and have fantastic handling – it’s also a brand that offers motorists great value for money, coupled with the reassurance of delivering reliability – especially with the three year warranty available.’

The garage, originally built back in the early ‘60s, was then known as ‘Tanswells of Blakesley’ and was the local Morris dealer, for the area, which in later years became “Rover dealership” until the garage finally closed in 1994.

In 1995, Dealer Principal Colin Hilbourne and a group of loyal friends re-opened the derelict garage, re-naming it ‘The Garage at Blakesley Ltd’.


Five years ago ‘The Garage at Blakesley’ started to specialise in Daihatsu, but with stock difficult to source they turned to Proton.

Commenting on the new partnership, Simon Park, general manager of sales & marketing for Proton Cars (UK) Ltd, said:  ‘We are pleased to welcome The Garage at Blakesley to our expanding network and offer customers more choice in the area.  With a growing demand for more cost-effective motors, Proton makes for a sensible choice of car.’

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