Your Ford Centre Group has revealed plans for Dundee automotive dealership after increasing its portfolio within the metropolis beforehand served by former model franchisee Arnold Clark.
Dundee Ford Centre is scheduled for a summer season 2023 opening on a redeveloped 10.5-acre website in Baird Avenue, Dundee – previously the house of a Tesco Distribution facility.
The creation of the brand new dealership to serve Your Ford Centre Group’s new franchise was described to AM as “a pure growth for the family-owned group”, which already represents Ford in Cupar, Kirkcaldy, Dalkeith and Peebles.
Group managing director David Brief mentioned: “We’re delighted to be Ford’s most well-liked operator for the realm and really a lot sit up for turning into a part of Dundee life.”
The brand new Dundee Ford dealership will provide the complete Ford automotive vary, in addition to a show of over 100 used automobiles and business autos, a six-bay workshop and MOT facility.
Brief mentioned it was anticipated that the brand new enterprise will create as much as 25 jobs.
He added: “The location is in a chief location with nice visibility, and we imagine that when accomplished it’ll ship a facility, we might be happy with.
“It’s a perfect location and there shall be beneficiant area to permit a complete show of latest and used automobiles for the individuals of Dundee and the encircling space.
“We anticipate to start works on website in early 2023, with completion scheduled for the summer season.”
Jarvis Simpson, zone gross sales supervisor at Ford Motor Firm, mentioned: “We’re excited to have Your Ford Centre transfer into the realm beforehand lined by Arnold Clark.”
Arnold Clark introduced its shock exit from both the Toyota and Ford franchises in February this 12 months in a transfer described by Hawthorne in an interview with AM as a “refranchising train”.
The transfer affected six Toyota dealerships and 20 Ford websites.
Ford introduced a brand new ‘Ford 2025 dealer plan’ car retail strategy in 2020 which might consequence within the closure virtually half of its 400 UK franchised automotive retail websites.
Arnold Clark has now refranchised the websites, or ushered in its Motorstore used automotive operation, and Hawthorne informed AM final week that the AM100 group may also change into the only real Scottish retailer of the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) brand BYD in 2023.
Ford, in the meantime, is celebrating the prospect of a brand new dealership in Dundee, a metropolis working to drive an EV revolution simply because the US OEM big does the identical.
Simpson mentioned: “Dundee has nice low carbon and inexperienced vitality requirements, and this may assist help Ford’s shift into EVs such because the Mustang Mach-E, Puma and Transit over the subsequent years as we transfer in direction of 2030.
“With a few years of Ford expertise throughout the group we’re delighted Your Ford Centre shall be bringing the Ford model and their dedication to service excellence to Dundee and the encircling space.”
Your Ford Centre Group mentioned that its new Dundee Ford Centre would help local people initiatives wherever potential, reflecting a dedication which lately secured its latest CAR (Neighborhood Exercise Recognition) Star Award 2022 award from the Scottish Motor Commerce Affiliation (SMTA).