LONDON, UK: Automotive retailer Vertu Motors announced that Macklin Motors, the trading name for Vertu in Scotland, has been awarded the Toyota franchise in the West of Scotland from 1 April 2022.
The Group intends to develop four dealerships in the coming periods to cover this extensive territory with the first dealership at Darnley, South Glasgow opening on 1 April.
This will be the Macklin Motors brand’s first representation of the manufacturer, which is the world’s best-selling car maker and is at the forefront of the electrification of the global automotive sector and the development of new mobility solutions through the Kinto brand. Vertu Motors already operates three Toyota outlets in the East Midlands.
The new Toyota operations will offer the full range of new and used Toyota vehicles including the new Yaris Cross, Aygo X, the iconic Land Cruiser and the further extensive range of Toyota hybrid and electric vehicles. Motability customers will also be welcomed.
Robert Forrester, Chief Executive of Vertu Motors, said: “I am delighted to announce our expansion in Scotland and the addition of Toyota to the Company under our Macklin Motors brand. Toyota is a world-renowned manufacturer that we’re delighted to represent. We have confidence that its investment and wider strategy will make it one of the most successful automotive manufacturers in the UK in the coming decade.
“The addition of these dealerships augments the Group’s representation in Scotland under the Macklin Motors brand and expands our operational footprint there. It also demonstrates our confidence in both the future of the automotive retail sector and in Scotland’s economy.”
Paul Marshall, General Manager of Network Development for Toyota GB, said: “We are delighted to be expanding our operations with Vertu Motors plc through their Macklin Motors operation in this key geographic region, and are looking forward to developing several new exciting facilities for our customers.”
Vertu Motors is the fifth largest automotive retailer in the UK with a network of 159 sales outlets across the UK. Its dealerships operate predominantly under the Bristol Street Motors, Vertu and Macklin Motors brand names.