Cambria was incorporated in March 2006 with the objective of creating an independent UK motor dealership group representing both the volume, premium and luxury segments of the motor vehicle market through a "buy and build" strategy.
The company is a retailer of new and used cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes.
Within the new vehicle retail department of the dealerships, the customer is not only the retail customer, but local fleet and business users. In retail terms the company provides a one stop solution for all the customers retail needs. From finance and insurance which allow the execution of the transaction along with service plans to maintain the vehicle during the ownership and parts and accessories which could make the product a bespoke offering.
Post purchase and during the vehicle ownership cycle, the company provides full maintenance carried out by its factory trained, manufacturer qualified technical staff. The company also has the ability to carry out warranty repairs under the manufacturers control and guidance
The company also supplies parts on behalf of the manufacturer brands which the company represents for cars being repaired and as a supplier to other car dealers and independent traders and repairers.
The company also provides accident repair facilities for its customers either through its own accident repair centre in Kent or through sub-contract to other accident repair centres.
Cambria Automobiles plc has identified and acquired a number of underperforming motor dealership businesses where it felt that its four pillar culture, defined acquisition strategy and operational process improvement would result in increased revenue and profitability by those dealerships which would subsequently produce increased returns and value for Shareholders.
The following time line sets out the Group's development:
- July 2006
Acquired Cambria Automobiles Limited and Sudbury (Swindon) Limited;
- August 2007
Acquired Thoranmart Limited.
- 31 December 2007
Acquired Summit Investments Motors (UK) Limited which has subsequently been renamed Cambria Automobiles (South East) Limited.
- January 2008
Acquired the trade and assets of 4 franchises from the Administrative Receiver of Caledonia Motor Group;
Nissan, Volvo and Lotus franchises have been added to existing dealerships within Thoranmart.
- October 2009
Acquired the trade and assets of 4 motor vehicle dealership sites from the Administrator of Autohaus Limited adding the Triumph and Mazda brands to the Group.
- December 2009
Acquired the trade and assets of one dealership from the Administrator of Lythgoe Limited, with both Fiat and Mazda brands.
- February 2010
Acquired D&F Trading Limited from Drake and Fletcher Limited which incorporated 2 Honda and 2 Mazda dealerships.
- March 2011
Addition of Alfa Romeo and Renault franchises onto Blackburn Motor park.
- September 2011
Acquired the trade and assets of Doves Vauxhall in Southampton.
- January 2013
Acquired the trade and assets of County Motor Works, Vauxhall, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler Jeep in Chelmsford.
- July 2014
Acquired the trade and assets of Hadley Green Motors Jaguar and Land Rover in Barnet, Hertfordhire. More details here.
Won the prestigous Franchised Dealer Group of the Year Award at the annual Motor Trader Awards held as the Grosvenor Hotel, London. More details here...
- May 2015
On the 1st May 2015 Cambria completed the acquisition of the trade and assets of the Land Rover franchise in Royal Wootton Basset, Swindon from TH White Limited. Read more about Grange Land Rover Swindon here.
- January 2016
On the 8th January 2016 Cambria completed the acquisition of the Land Rover franchise in Welwyn Garden City from the Jardine Motors Group. Read more about Grange Land Rover Welwyn here.