Mercedes-Benz prospects have been suggested to purchase their subsequent automobile on-line or journey as much as 110 miles to a different dealership after Marshall Motor Group revealed it would cease promoting automobiles at its South Lakes franchise.
The North West Night Mail reported that the Constellation Automotive-owned AM100 automobile retail group’s premium automobile dealership would now not promote the premium German carmaker’s new automobiles – ending its gross sales operations by the tip of the yr.
A message to prospects confirmed that the AM Awards 2022’s Franchised Workshop of the 12 months would proceed to supply authorized aftersales however directed potential automobile patrons to the Mercedes-Benz web site or to dealerships as much as 110 miles away, in Bolton or Preston.
Sytner’s Mercedes-Benz Carlisle dealership is definitely the closest, nonetheless it stays over 80 miles away.
Talking to the North West Night Mail, Ulverston councillor Shirley-Anne Wilson stated the tip of recent automobile gross sales at Mercedes-Benz South Lakes was “very disappointing information for Ulverston”, including: “I’d urge and encourage individuals to purchase native reasonably than on-line.”
Again in Could Mercedes-Benz revealed a plan to axe as much as 20% of its German franchised dealerships and 10% of its world community by 2025 as a part of its 2023 shift to a direct, company mannequin retail mannequin.
Included in strategic bulletins made within the German premium model’s latest Capital Markets Day announcement was information that it goals to transact 80% of European automobile gross sales through an company mannequin and 25% on-line inside three years.
In June, the German producer was amongst OEMs to publicly again Marshall’s new homeowners – BCA, cinch and WeBuyAnyCar proprietor Constellation Group – after it acquired and re-privatised the previous PLC this yr.
Responding to strategies that the change of possession may immediate sure franchise companions to half methods with the group, Mercedes-Benz UK chief govt Gary Savage advised AM: “Whereas we have now a coverage of not commenting on the specifics of contracts in place between us and our companions, it’s all the time at our discretion whether or not or not we want to train our termination rights.
“In relation to Constellation, Mercedes-Benz Vehicles is delighted to be working with their new management group because the acquisition of Marshall Motor Group. We’re aligned with Constellation and inspired to see the path by which they plan to take the Mercedes-Benz partnership.”