Earlier this year, Vauxhall announced 100 dealerships would close in the next 12 months, but every single retailer will face terminated contracts in 2020.
Autocar reported on Monday that the refranchising effort will see all 326 dealerships lose their contract, and the brand will re-up with highly profitable retailers. The retailers chosen for new contracts in 2020 will also rank highly in used car sales, after sales and customer satisfaction. Inevitably, the 326 figure will grow even smaller.
Currently, 93 different retailers operate the 326 dealerships, but Norman said the majority of them will stick around. He also believes the move won’t threaten any jobs, and seemed assured the retailers who won’t sell Vauxhall cars in the future will find another brand. Vauxhall employs 12,137 workers within its United Kingdom dealer network.
Meanwhile, Opel will see the same contract termination as well. Opel operates 1,600 dealers across Europe. And it’s more than likely both Vauxhall and Opel dealers will see integration with PSA Groupe’s other brands, too.
Norman said the integration is “a flexibility that we didn’t have before.”