Constellation Automotive-owned Marshall Motor Group has pulled out of the Kia UK franchised dealer network just weeks after long-term CEO Daksh Gupta’s departure was announced. Are the two matters related? Constellation says not, according to reports in AM Online.
But this week we saw Drayton Motors take over Marshall’s Scunthorpe Kia franchise and we hear that Donalds Group could be linked with the group’s Ipswich operation in an as yet unconfirmed move.
A spokesperson for the BCA, cinch and WeBuyAnyCar owner told AM: “The origins of the Marshall/Kia separation go back more than one year ago, well before the initial Constellation Automotive Group move to buy Marshall Motor Group.”
The departure of Gupta took many in the industry by surprise and experts predict further major shifts within Marshalls. Keep your eyes peeled.