Hendy Group is on the expansion trail with the addition of Lotus in Hampshire and Devon to complement its existing Lotus operation in Dorset.

Hendy chief executive Paul Hendy said he was delighted that the performance car manufacturer had awarded the additional areas to Hendy.

“While this year has been challenging for the whole automotive sector, we remain committed to building on our strong base and we are delighted to be adding these additional Lotus dealerships to our portfolio,” said Paul.

Hendy Group currently operates 24 franchises from 65 locations in the south including a number of performance, premium and sports car brands.

“Our Dorset operation is an important part of our Performance Division and we will be looking to repeat this success in Hampshire and in Devon where we already have successful dealerships.”

Full details regarding the location of the new dealerships are currently being finalised and Paul said the new centres will be offering new and used cars sales together with a full service and support operation.

“Lotus is a tremendously exciting manufacturer to be involved with and we are looking forward to working with this iconic British company across the south and south west. It’s great to be providing the Hendy premium service to more Lotus customers than ever before,” he said.

Paul added, “The new dealerships are being launched at a really exciting time for Lotus. The Evora, Elise and Exige ranges are iconic performance cars and we’re all eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the Type 131, and production of the Evija – the world’s first British all-electric hypercar. We’re thrilled to be part of a company with such a bright future.”

Geoff Dowding, executive director, Sales and Aftersales, Lotus, added: “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Hendy in the south and south west. Growing our retail network with the right partners is an important step as we transform the Lotus business and brand.”

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