- The Motorline Group was founded in 1972 and continues as a family-owned business throughout Kent, West Sussex, Surrey, Bristol and South Wales.
- Turnover for the group in 2014 was £335m rising to £400m in 2015, now expected to reach £600m.
- Motorline represents Volkswagen, Volkswagen TPS, Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Renault, Dacia, Skoda, Nissan, Peugeot and Maserati as main car dealers with both new, used and aftersales activities.
- Motorline has outlets in Ashford, Canterbury, Medway, Crawley, Dartford, Horsham, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Coulsdon, Bristol, Newport, Oxford, Reading and Cardiff.
MOTORLINE Group’s expansion continues with another major acquisition which sees the South East’s largest motor retail group extend into the South West Midlands and increase its number of dealerships to 43 as Motorline buys Westlands Motor Group.
Kent-based Motorline has acquired Westlands for an undisclosed sum which includes four Toyota and three Hyundai dealerships in Gloucester, Worcester, Hereford, Bromsgrove and Stourbridge.
Established by Nick Wilczynski, Westlands Motor Group employs 200 staff and has a turnover of £65 million.
The acquisition makes Motorline one of the UK’s largest Toyota brand partners with 13 dealerships in the UK as well as increase the number of Hyundai dealerships from two to five. Expected annual turnover for the group following this acquisition will see it rise to £600 million.
Motorline Group chairman Glen Obee said: “The Westlands acquisition is an excellent opportunity for us to continue to build on our highly successful relationships with Toyota and Hyundai and to strengthen our Group’s investment and strategy from Bristol and South Wales up the M5 corridor.”
The Motorline buys Westlands deal sees the group acquire a mix of freehold and leasehold properties which will continue to trade as Westlands until rebranding to Motorline in the latter half of 2016.
Founded in 1972, Motorline represents 11 leading car manufacturers with dealerships across the South of England, South West Midlands and South Wales. In the last 18 months the company has achieved significant growth and continues to invest in a number of new and existing dealership facilities along with placing a greater emphasis on developing its management team.