Arnold Clark to be exclusive Scottish retail partner for China’s BYD EV brand

Arnold Clark will increase its first new franchise car or truck retail lover because it exited the Ford and Toyota networks when it becomes Scotland’s sole BYD electric vehicle (EV) retailer next year.

Main government Eddie Hawthorne disclosed to AM that the AM100 car retail giant will open a new construct dealership in Glasgow, to give the industry newcomer a “premier base”, ahead of growing out as volumes rise.

Information of Arnold Clark’s partnership with BYD arrives a few months immediately after Pendragon uncovered its intention to broaden its franchise portfolio by partnering with the Chinese electrical car (EV) model.

Hawthorne told AM: “BYD has given us the Scottish area for distribution and the initial dealership will be in Glasgow. That will give us a premier web site that we can get up and managing prior to examining volumes and growing out from there.

“This will be a totally new dealership for us. We have procured the web site and we’re just in conversations with the model above particularly what we will need to do with it from a company identity (CI) place-of-view.

“We’ll in all probability see items start out to appear with each other in the early element of upcoming calendar year.”

Hawthorne verified that BYD does not run under an company product franchise settlement, echoing the much more conventional approach taken by fellow market place newcomer Excellent Wall Motors’ Ora EV brand name, which has presently been taken on by Peter Vardy and Wessex Garages.

BYD Atto 3 EV SUVBYD will enter the United kingdom with its Volkswagen ID.3 and MG4-rivalling Atto 3 SUV, Hawthorne stated, with 4 or 5 new types established to comply with close powering.

BYD’s assistant basic supervisor for Europe, Brian Yang, advised Auto Specific that the Uk network might encounter a challenge to set up itself with just just one auto but included that situation was unlikely to final for long.

“Next yr (2023) we will carry a additional complete line-up,” he claimed, “and all of people types will be manufactured in suitable-hand drive.”

Amid the likely abide by-up zero-emissions cars are a seven-seat SUV, known as Tang, and the Han saloon.

Arnold Clark’s move to adopt BYD as a new brand associate comes soon after its shock exit from the Toyota and Ford retail networks earlier this yr.

In an interview with AM at the time, Hawthorne described the go, which included 6 Toyota dealerships and 20 Ford internet sites, as “a refranchising exercise”, stating that the group was “absolutely not” downsizing.

Its Ford and Toyota franchised sites have now been refranchised with exiting retail companions or remodeled into Motorstore employed motor vehicle retail services.

Yesterday AM reported that Arnold Clark’s takeover talks with £124m turnover Cars2 – a new addition to the AM100 – had finished with the two get-togethers unable to access an arrangement.

Hawthorne told AM that the small business will drive in advance with strategies for 4 new used automobile remarketing centres in 2023, regardless of pressure from the stock shortages impacting the sector, on the other hand.

He ideas to develop an auctions organization pursuing the completion of the acquisition of Glasgow’s Central Auto Auctions company previously this 12 months.