Marshall Motor Group to represent Ford


26-07-2005

In Cambridge, Bury St, Edmunds and King's Lynn



Marshall Motor Group is delighted to announce that it has reached agreement with Ford Motor Company for Marshall to hold Ford franchises (covering car sales and after sales) in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and King's Lynn.

In addition, Marshall Motor Group will represent Ford for commercial vehicles in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. A launch date of 1st September is planned in all three locations.



The addition of Ford to the Marshall Motor Group's franchise portfolio will strengthen its franchise mix in accordance with the Group's growth strategy and will build on the very strong relationship Marshall already has with Ford Motor Company through its Premier Automotive Group (Land Rover, Jaguar and Volvo). This will bring to a total of 15 the number of Ford Motor Company Group franchise outlets held by Marshall Motor Group.



In Cambridge, the Ford franchise will replace MG Rover at the Marshall Car Centre on Newmarket Road and the existing team, under Dominic Meacham as Franchise Manager will represent Ford in Cambridge. In King's Lynn, Ford will be located at a new site recently acquired by Marshall in the town. A new team to represent Ford will be recruited by Marshall in the coming weeks.



In Bury St Edmunds, Marshall confirms that it is also agreed terms to acquire the Ames MG Rover building in the town and the Ames MG Rover team will transfer to Marshall to represent Ford.



Roger Knight, Chief Executive for Marshall Motor Group said: 'This is an exciting opportunity for Marshall Motor Group to build its links with the world's largest motor manufacturer. For many years, Marshall has represented the Land Rover, Jaguar and Volvo franchises, all of which are owned by Ford; together they represent around 20% of the UK vehicle sales market. These new territories fit well with our existing businesses and we look forward to strengthening our retail and business offering with the addition of this franchise.'



Paul Thomas, Managing Director of Ford of Britain commented 'I am delighted that Marshall has joined the Ford Dealer Network and I am sure that their appointment will enhance the service offered to Ford customers in the Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and King's Lynn areas.'



Marshall Motor Group is a private, family-owned business with 96 years of experience in providing motoring services to its many retail and business customers. The Group currently has 42 dealerships representing 16 different franchises, mostly in the greater East Anglian region but with businesses stretching out to Lincoln, Leicester and Reading. Marshall Motor Group is proud of the'Marshall Way' business philosophy and culture which runs throughout the company, building on the Group's long established reputation for providing a first class professional and friendly service to its customers.



Contact Details Airport House, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RY Telephone: 01223 293131 Website: www.marshallweb.co.uk

 

Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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