F&G DAF sites acquired by Motus Commercials

by Monisa Obili

F&G DAF sites acquired by Motus Commercials

Motus Commercials has acquired four DAF dealerships of F&G Commercials, along with a commercial body-building operation and a vehicle repair centre.

Previously Imperial Commercials, the truck and light commercial vehicles dealer group was already the largest DAF dealer group in the UK and Europe and the four F&G sites, at Manchester, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Oldham, now bring the total number of Motus-operated DAF sites across the country to 29.

Matt Lawrenson, Motus Commercials managing director, 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. We will be focussed 100% on supporting past, present and future customers with new and used vehicle sales, as well as comprehensive service and parts back-up.”

Motus Commercials also has additional truck interests with three MAN sales and support sites, as well as a network of Ford, VW, Isuzu, Fiat and LDV van and light commercials sites. Sales for the overall operation in 2018 totaled over 7,500 new and used vehicles.

Frank Woodhead, who founded the F&G business with Glenn Stevenson 24 years ago, said: “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.”

Motus Group owns S&B Commercials, Orwell Truck & Van and Pentagon Motor Group. Together, its business includes 123 vehicle franchise outlets at 79 locations, of which its truck and van operations currently number 92 franchise outlets, and passenger vehicle operations number 31.

The business additionally now operates three specialist commercial vehicle body builders and has further interests in parts and service facilities and commercial vehicle equipment supply.