Apr 29, 2019

SsangYong Motors UK has strengthened its dealer franchising team with the appointment of Ian Wilson as Dealer Recruitment Manager. Ian will be based in Scotland however will be responsible for securing new partners nationally with immediate effect.

Wilson, who has worked in the motor industry for all of his working life, started his career in the retail sector, changing direction to work for vehicle manufacturer Kia in 1989. He started with Kia as regional manager for the East Midlands when the brand was being prepared for launch by its then UK distributor, MCL Group. Fast forward 28-years, having held a variety of dealer-facing roles at Kia, Ian left his concluding position as general manager of dealer development to spend more time at home, in Scotland, with his family

Speaking of his new role, Wilson said: “I’m looking forward to supporting growth within the network in the next phase of SsangYong’s development in the UK, and building upon the excellent relationships they already have with its dealer partners. There is gratification in seeing a brand such as SsangYong evolve, and I’m delighted to be part of that journey.“

SsangYong, who has introduced several new dealers already in 2019, is actively looking for new partners to represent the brand in several open points across the UK. Its’ proposition is unique and endeavors to change how prospects view operating a new vehicle franchise by offering no up-front fees, with zero-cost signage, special tools and computer diagnostics. 

Dave Rose, head of franchising for SsangYong Motors UK, explains; “We want to make it easy for dealers to join our franchise, so we’ve removed any barriers to ensure representing our brand is appealing. Rose continued; “It’s a very busy and exciting time for us and we’re delighted that Ian has joined the team. His frontline dealer experience along with his manufacturer experience will be invaluable to us as we develop and grow our dealer network in the UK.”

CAPTION: Ian Wilson, dealer recruitment manager, SsangYong Motors UK

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All SsangYong vehicles are covered by an industry beating 7-years/150,000 miles warranty. Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, this warranty covers all the major mechanical components including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system. Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,500 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.SSANGYONG WARRANTY

SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 75 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

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Ian Wilson, dealer recruitment manager, SsangYong Motors UK

Ian Wilson, dealer recruitment manager, SsangYong Motors UK

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