- Andrew Waite joins Hyundai Motor UK’s Senior leadership team as Head of Network Development
- Dealer expansion and the addition of new partners to the franchise reinforces confidence in the Hyundai brand
- New dealer sites are located across the country, from South West to North East
- Openings take the brand’s UK network to high of 167 outlets
- Growth driven by demand for Hyundai’s expanding range of alternatively fuelled vehicles
Waite, who boasts more than 25 years of automotive sales & fleet experience, will focus on developing the brand’s representation across the country and will drive long term commercial improvements across the network in order to maximise profitability for Hyundai’s dealer partners.
Waite has worked previously for brands including Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen Group and Ford and brings strong strategic and operational experience to the Hyundai UK Senior Leadership team.
I’m incredibly excited to join Hyundai, a brand that has grown hugely over recent years and that invests continually in new and innovative products. I am looking forward to working with my new team to help our retailers maximise profitability by delivering an exceptional retail experience.
This new appointment comes as the brand embarks upon an intense period of new model launch throughout 2020 with a number of all new models and further electrification across the range. Hyundai already offers the broadest line-up of electrified powertrains, reinforcing the company’s leadership in the eco-car segment.
This focus on the future has encouraged existing dealer partners to expand and attracted new franchisees to the brand. In fact, six new Hyundai dealerships opened in the last month of 2019, increasing Hyundai UK’s representation to 167 outlets. The new sites are spread across the UK, from the South West to the North East.
Vertu Motors opened a pair of new sites in Newcastle and Morpeth whilst Howards Motor Group expanded to four Hyundai locations with their latest venture in Weston- Super-Mare. In other parts of the country, Just Motor Group opened their first Hyundai operation in Preston, Lancashire and Ken Brown Motors who only joined the franchise in 2018 added a second Hyundai site to their portfolio in Letchworth. Motorvogue expanded into Norwich, also adding a second Hyundai site to the group. In Surrey, Wilsons Group added Hyundai to their operation in Epsom, further strengthening Hyundai’s representation within the M25.
Sustained demand for our expanding model range – especially alternatively fuelled models – across the UK is enabling us to fill a number of strategically important retail open points. The focus on efficiency and electrification in our products has attracted retail partners as well as customers, and through the coming year we have a number of new vehicle launches which will be catered for by our strong UK network.