End of an era at Cirencester’s Mitsubishi Motors as sale to IM Group confirmed

Mitsubishi Motors Cirencester

International Motors Ltd, the importer and distributer of vehicles in the UK and Europe, part of IM Group, the Solihull automotive, property and finance business, has bought the Cirencester-based Colt Car Company’s aftersales business.

The new subsidiary of International Motors will be called I.M. MAPS (UK) Ltd but will continue to trade, as it has done for many years, under the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK banner.

International Motors, which was established in 1976, is currently the official UK importer for Subaru and Isuzu vehicles and the addition of the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK aftersales business represents an opportunity to grow its parts and accessories operation.

The purchase will take place at the beginning of October this year and the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK aftersales business will operate independently within IM Group from its current base in Cirencester. It will be staffed by the existing Mitsubishi aftersales team members, headed up by Toby Marshall who has been a Director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK for more than 12 years.

Andrew Edmiston, Managing Director, IM Group, said: “Mitsubishi is a wonderful brand with a great reputation for excellent products and outstanding customer service. In this new era of ownership by IM Group, customers can expect no less commitment from their Mitsubishi dealer than they have experienced in the past. We will ensure all Mitsubishi dealers have the support they need to continue to deliver this. IM Group are pleased and proud to represent Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.”

Rob Lindley, Managing Director, The Colt Car Company, said: “The completion of this deal ensures the long-term future for Mitsubishi aftersales in the UK. Operating within the IM Group, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK will continue to deliver the excellent standards of aftersales care, parts supply and vehicle warranty that our customers have experienced and will continue to provide to our UK customers for many years to come.”

Mitsubishi cars have been imported into the UK by the Cirencester-based Colt Car Company since 1974.