Dealerships in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire have joined SsangYong’s growing UK network.
Both Ashby & Mann in Hinckley and Livingstone Motor Group in Hull have been appointed to represent the South Korean franchise, the manufacturer has announced.
Ashby & Mann already has Subaru and Mitsubishi franchises, and says it signed up to SsangYong because of Mitsubishi leaving the UK new car market.
Owner and dealer principal Ben Mangiante said: ‘Due to Mitsubishi leaving the UK market, we have been looking for a franchise that has the potential to grow and one that shares our ambition and passion to succeed.
‘We have chosen SsangYong Motors as we believe that there is a synergy between our brands, they are progressive with an extremely good product offering – both current and pipeline.’
Mangiante added: ‘SsangYong shares our families values too – Steve Whyatt, our general manager, works alongside my son Matthew, who is sales manager, my son-in-law Richard, who looks after aftersales, and in the accounts team we have my daughter Laura and wife Vivienne.
‘Between us, we have a wealth of experience and truly understand the customer journey – we are excited to join the SsangYong family and welcome existing and new customers alike.’
Meanwhile, Andrew Iveson, director of the family-run Livingstone Motor Group, which used to be Hull Mitsubishi and now sells Isuzu as well, said: ‘We have been a main Mitsubishi dealership for 30 years, now expanding to the exciting range that SsangYong has to offer.
‘We have always put our customers at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that coming to us to buy a car or have a routine service should be both professional and easy.
‘Customer service should not just be spoken about but put into practice every day, without fail.
‘We have a dedicated team who our customers love, and we know that the new products will be welcomed with open arms. It’s great to be part of the SsangYong gang!’
Kevin Griffin, managing director at SsangYong Motors UK, said: ‘We are very pleased to welcome Ashby & Mann to the franchise.
‘Ben and his team run an extremely reputable dealership and provide customers with an excellent service throughout the journey with them.
‘With SsangYong’s product line-up and value for money proposition, we can look forward to great things.’
He added that the manufacturer was delighted to partner with Livingstone Motor Group as well.
‘The group has a wealth of experience and we look forward to working with the team in Hessle,’ he said.
Last month, the SsangYong welcomed Bicester Motor Company to its franchise.