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MOTUS Commercials Acquires F&G DAF Dealerships

MOTUS Commercials Acquires F&G DAF Dealerships

Motus Commercials has purchased DAF Dealer F&G Commercials, adding to its existing dealer network.

  • Motus Commercials, the truck and light commercial vehicles dealer group, has acquired the business interests of the four DAF dealerships of F&G Commercials, along with a commercial body-building operation and a vehicle repair centre.

    Motus Commercials, previously Imperial Commercials, was already the largest DAF dealer group in the UK and Europe and the four F&G sites, at Manchester, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Oldham, now bring the total number of Motus-operated DAF sites across the country to 29.

    Motus Commercials also has additional truck interests with three MAN sales and support sites, as well as a network of Ford, VW, Isuzu, Fiat and LDV van and light commercials sites. Sales for the overall operation in 2018 totaled over 7,500 new and used vehicles.

    Speaking about the move, Motus Commercials managing director, Matt Lawrenson, said, “We know the DAF products and have developed a strong relationship with the manufacturer over many years, and the acquisition of F&G Commercials has been a carefully thought-out decision. I can assure customers and suppliers alike that it is our intention to build on the already solid support levels provided by F&G, overlaying those with our own group strengths and expertise. We will be focussed 100% on supporting past, present and future customers with new and used vehicle sales, as well as comprehensive service and parts back-up.

    “We are fortunate to have some great people across all six sites, and I am delighted to confirm that the dealership and repair centre teams have now transferred into the new Motus Commercials operations. Thanks to them and my own Motus Commercials teams, the businesses will operate smoothly throughout the change-over. The body-builder team has also moved, in this case to our sister division, Motus Vehicle Solutions – under the direction of my colleague Peter Glover, where it joins two already highly successful, existing body-building operations.”

  • Matthew Lawrenson, Managing Director at Imperial Commercials
  • Pictured: Matthew Lawrenson, Managing Director of Motus Commercials

  • Frank Woodhead, who founded the F&G business with Glenn Stevenson some 24 years ago, said, “It was not an easy decision to sell the business after so many years, but I do so with complete confidence in Motus to maintain the spirit of customer service that we had always fostered. Business has changed over the years, and, in these days of ever-larger organisations, I am sure Motus will look to channel and even enhance that spirit to the benefit of customers and staff alike. I wish them all well.”

    Motus Commercials is a division of Motus Group (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Motus Holdings Ltd, a diversified (non-manufacturing) South African JSE listed company with interests in the automotive sector and founded initially as a single car dealership in 1948. Today, it turns over close to £4.5 billion and employs some 18,300 people across its operations in South Africa, the UK and Australia.

    Motus Group (UK) Ltd holds the automotive interests of its parent company in the United Kingdom, which includes amongst others, S&B Commercials, Orwell Truck & Van and Pentagon Motor Group.  Together, its business includes 123 vehicle franchise outlets at 79 locations, of which its truck and van operations currently number 92 franchise outlets, and passenger vehicle operations number 31. The business additionally now operates three specialist commercial vehicle body builders and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.  

    Already encompassing the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group, and with its passenger vehicle interests included, Motus Group (UK) Ltd. ranks inside the Top 15 of all UK automotive dealer groups. The company has annual revenues of over £1 billion and employs some 3000 people across its operations.

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  • Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. manages the automotive interests of Motus Holdings Limited in the United Kingdom. These encompass 119 vehicle franchise outlets at 73 locations: truck and van operations number 88 franchise outlets; passenger vehicles, 31 franchise outlets. The business additionally operates two specialist commercial vehicle body shops and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.

    Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. encompasses the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group and, with its passenger vehicle interests included, ranks inside the Top 15 of all UK automotive dealer groups. The company has annual revenues of over £1 billion and employs almost 3000 people across its operations.

    Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. manages the automotive interests of Motus Holdings Limited in the United Kingdom. These encompass 119 vehicle franchise outlets at 73 locations: truck and van operations number 88 franchise outlets; passenger vehicles, 31 franchise outlets. The business additionally operates two specialist commercial vehicle body shops and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.

    Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. encompasses the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group and, with its passenger vehicle interests included, ranks inside the Top 15 of all UK automotive dealer groups. The company has annual revenues of over £1 billion and employs almost 3000 people across its operations.

    Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. manages the automotive interests of Motus Holdings Limited in the United Kingdom. These encompass 119 vehicle franchise outlets at 73 locations: truck and van operations number 88 franchise outlets; passenger vehicles, 31 franchise outlets. The business additionally operates two specialist commercial vehicle body shops and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.

    Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. encompasses the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group and, with its passenger vehicle interests included, ranks inside the Top 15 of all UK automotive dealer groups. The company has annual revenues of over £1 billion and employs almost 3000 people across its operations.

    Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. manages the automotive interests of Motus Holdings Limited in the United Kingdom. These encompass 119 vehicle franchise outlets at 73 locations: truck and van operations number 88 franchise outlets; passenger vehicles, 31 franchise outlets. The business additionally operates two specialist commercial vehicle body shops and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.

    Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd. encompasses the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group and, with its passenger vehicle interests included, ranks inside the Top 15 of all UK automotive dealer groups. The company has annual revenues of over £1 billion and employs almost 3000 people across its operations.

    Motus Group (UK) CEO, Rob Truscott said, “We are very comfortable with our DAF involvement, as this acquisition shows. We have a clear, well-established strategy of seeking out opportunities to expand our Group business: we are committed to growth. Not growth at any price, but growth where we see real opportunity at sensible investment levels. The acquisition of these six important sites delivers on this for us and will now do so for customers.”

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"I can assure customers and suppliers alike that it is our intention to build on the already solid support levels provided by F&G, overlaying those with our own group strengths and expertise." Matthew Lawrenson, Managing Director at Motus Commercials