The move sees Skoda join Toyota, Kia, Citroen, Honda, Hyundai and Lexus in Vantage’s portfolio and follows hot on the heels of the group extending its Honda representation last month with the acquisition of Honda Bradford.
The dealership will be rebranded as Vantage Skoda later this year and will undergo significant redevelopment to reflect the manufacturer’s new corporate identity. All staff are being retained.
Mark Robinson, managing director of Vantage Motor Group, said: ‘We are delighted to acquire our first Skoda dealership. The Skoda brand has gone from strength to strength and its increasing appeal in the eyes of buyers complements the strong values and focus on customer service that are consistent with the Vantage name.’
Heidi Cartledge, head of customer quality and network development for Skoda UK, added: ‘Skoda UK is delighted to welcome Vantage into our network. We believe that there is a great fit between these businesses as we have both enjoyed an exciting period of growth built upon delivering great customer service.’
Over the past year Vantage Motor Group’s turnover has grown from £65 million to more than £220 million. The group employs 500 people and has increased its number of sites from seven in Yorkshire and Lancashire to 21 across the North of England and the West Midlands.