Expansion of Automotive Operations in UK

Jan. 17. 2006
Marubeni Corporation

We are delighted to announce that our automotive retailer in UK, Marubeni Auto Investment (UK) Limited (“MAI”, located in Manchester) acquired car dealer outlets in South Manchester on January 16. MAI’s group company RRG Group Limited (“RRG”, located in Manchester) acquired the assets of 3 Toyota, 1 Lexus and 1 Mazda outlets from Smith Knight Fay Limited, a group company of European Motor Holdings PLC, for the acquisition amount of GBP15 million.

This acquisition increases the number of car dealer outlets MAI owns in Manchester from 14 to 19, 9 Toyota, 3 Lexus, 4 Peugeot, 1 Mazda and 2 bodyshop outlets and the annual sales volume from 13 thousand to 20 thousand units. Especially for Toyota and Lexus, MAI will operate sales and service network in the whole Manchester area and it will become the largest Toyota retail group in UK.

MAI started its automotive retail business by acquiring RRG in November 2000 and marked steady profitability since then. MAI’s partnership with these strong franchises will expand its business and enable further growth in both sales volume and profitability. MAI will target a turnover of GBP300 million after this acquisition.

Marubeni operates car dealerships in US, Belgium and Chile, other than UK and we will strengthen car dealership operations as one of the pillars in our automotive business.


Corporate Profile - MAI

 Establishment:                September 2000

 Turnover:                       GBP 195 million

 Capital:                          GBP 13 million

 Main shareholders:           Marubeni Group 100%

 Employees:                      490 (Group Total)

 Executive Director:           Takashi Kiso


Corporate Profile – RRG

 Establishment:                  May 1972

 Turnover:                        GBP 195 million

 Capital:                           GBP 500 thousand

 Main shareholders:            MAI 100%

 Employees:                      490 (Group Total)

 Executive Director:           Takashi Kiso

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