Donalds Group takes over Marshall Kia dealership in Ipswich

Donalds Group has formally taken over the operation of the Kia UK Ipswich dealership previously operated by Marshall Motor Group.

The transfer by the Peterborough-based operation – beforehand reported by AM in early August – completes the Constellation Group-owned former PLC’s exit from the rising Korean model.

Drayton Motors had beforehand taken over the previous Marshall’s Kia franchise in Scunthorpe.

Donalds new Kia dealership is positioned on the Ransomes Industrial Property, Ipswich, and joins its current Kia outlet in Bury St Edmunds.

It represents a “homecoming” mentioned the group which represented Kia in Ipswich from 2005 to 2008.

Donalds Group managing director Graham Wemyss mentioned: “Kia is without doubt one of the fastest-growing automobile manufacturers within the nation with a variety, together with award-winning hybrid and all-electric fashions, that gives one thing for everybody.

“By taking on the franchise for the Ipswich space we’re providing native prospects a profitable mixture of a improbable selection of automobiles and Donalds’ famend requirements of buyer look after each gross sales and aftercare.”

As reported by AM in a current producer profile function, Kia is targeting record registrations of 100,000 in 2022’s faltering new automobile market.

The AM Awards 2022 Manufacturer of the Year’s addition of the brand new Sportage SUV and new Niro various gas car vary are central to its plans for development.

Kia can be rolling out a new corporate identity – first seen at the OEM-run dealership in Bolton – and Donalds is planning to develop the 1.2-acre Ipswich website to the most recent Kia International Retailer Idea normal.


Again in August, Marshall proprietor Constellation Automotive, which additionally counts BCA, cinch and WeBuyAnyCar amongst its automotive manufacturers, denied strategies from an AM supply that its break up with Kia had come after the newly-privatised group upset the OEM’s bosses with an absence of session over board modifications which included the departure of chief govt Daksh Gupta.

A spokesperson for Constellation mentioned: “The origins of the Marshall/Kia separation return a couple of yr in the past, effectively earlier than the preliminary Constellation Automotive Group transfer to purchase Marshall Motor Group.”

Information of Marshall’s exit from the Kia UK franchise got here simply over a month after AM reported that producer franchise companions together with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo had given their backing to its newly-installed Constellation Automotive leadership group.

Responding to enquiries in regards to the nature of Marshall Motor Group’s departure from the burgeoning model’s retail community, an announcement issued to AM by Kia UK mentioned that it was with remorse that “we can not disclose particular person particulars of companion agreements, or the company choices which might be made throughout the course of the franchise, as that is confidential between Kia UK and the franchise companion”.

It added: “Kia UK works in partnership with its 192-strong vendor community. The character of those relationships and the altering enterprise atmosphere leads to the community evolving over time – with new premises, new franchise companions, switch of possession and different such processes.

“Kia all the time works respectfully with all vendor companions to make sure the perfect mutual enterprise efficiency, working to pre-agreed pointers.”



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