Motus Commercials buys DAF dealer F&G Commercials

F & G Commercials

Independent DAF dealer Motus Commercials has purchased F&G Commercials, adding to its existing dealer network.

Motus Commercials, who recently changed their name from Imperial Commercials, will add four DAF dealerships along with a commercial body-building operation and a vehicle repair centre from F&G.

The newly acquired sites in Manchester, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Oldham, bring Motus Commercials’ total number of DAF sites across the country to 29.

Motus Commercials managing director, Matt Lawrenson, said, “We know the DAF products and have developed a strong relationship with the manufacturer over many years, and the acquisition of F&G Commercials has been a carefully thought-out decision. I can assure customers and suppliers alike that it is our intention to build on the already solid support levels provided by F&G, overlaying those with our own group strengths and expertise.”

Lawrenson continued: “We are fortunate to have some great people across all six sites, and I am delighted to confirm that the dealership and repair centre teams have now transferred into the new Motus Commercials operations. The body-builder team has also moved, in this case to our sister division, Motus Vehicle Solutions where it joins two already highly successful, existing body-building operations.”

Frank Woodhead, who founded F&G Commercials with Glenn Stevenson 24 years ago, said, “It was not an easy decision to sell the business after so many years, but I do so with complete confidence in Motus to maintain the spirit of customer service that we had always fostered. Business has changed over the years, and, in these days of ever-larger organisations, I am sure Motus will look to channel and even enhance that spirit to the benefit of customers and staff alike.”

As well as Daf franchises, Motus Commercials operate three MAN sales and support sites, along with a number of LCV franchises including Ford, VW, Isuzu, Fiat and LDV.

Imperial Commercials becomes Motus Commercials

Motus Commercials

DAF dealer Imperial Commercials has changed its name following changes to Imperial Holding’s listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

Imperial Commercials will change its name to Motus Commercials and will become a division of Motos Group (UK), a subsidiary of Motus Holdings which will be listed on the JSE.

Motus Commercials is the largest DAF dealer group in the UK and Europe with 29 sites, along with three MAN dealers and franchises for LCV brands including Ford, VW, Isuzu, Fiat and LDV. In 2018 sales totaled more than 7,500 new and used vehicles.

Motus Commercials managing director, Matt Lawrenson, said: “We know people had grown used to the Imperial trading title over the years and quite rightly trusted it, so I want to reassure customers and suppliers alike that this is simply a change of name, nothing else. We will still be focussed 100% on supporting our manufacturers and the thousands of operators who rely on us for new and used vehicle sales.”

The parent company for Motus Commercials, Motus Group (UK) also has interests in S&B Commercials, Orwell Truck & Van and Pentagon Motor Group with 119 vehicle franchise outlets at 73 locations under its control. The group recently bought F&G Commercials, adding its four sites in Manchester, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Oldham to the collective.

Its truck and van operations currently number 88 franchise outlets and the business also operates two specialist commercial vehicle body shops and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply. 

Motus Holdings is the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealer group and combined with its passenger car business it is one of the top 15 automotive dealer groups in the UK with annual revenues of over £1 billion and nearly 3000 employees.