Established in 2003 in Yorkshire, Vantage Motor Group has worked hard to achieve impressive success, much like the brands we represent. 2007 saw us acquire three Vantage Toyota Centres in Lancashire and unite all our showrooms under the Vantage name. In June 2010 we relocated our Bridlington Centre to a new premises in Scarborough and a year later, in June 2011, we purchased Vantage Hyundai in Manchester. This development enabled us to develop our business with a new marque and to enjoy contact with new clients.
In 2013 we celebrated 10 years of Vantage with a series of acquisitions. In June we were pleased to be appointed as the official Kia dealer for Scarborough, building a brand new showroom alongside our Toyota Scarborough centre. In the same month we acquired three Toyota Centres: Birmingham, Solihull and Tamworth as well as our first Lexus dealership in Birmingham. We also acquired the Grange-over-Sands Toyota centre and, adding another marque to the Vantage family, Barnsley Honda in July. Towards the end of the same year Vantage acquired Hyundai Oldham, to which we gave a full refurbishment, followed by the acquisition of a new manufacturer, Citroën and with it two dealerships: John Wilding Citroen Morecambe and Kendal. More recently, in January 2015, Bradford Honda joined the family, followed by Skoda Morecambe in March 2015 and Mazda Oldham, opening in July 2015. Our most recent acquisitions came in January 2016, with our second Lexus dealership in Leeds, and the addition of 2 new Toyota sites in Leeds and Wakefield.
Managing Director, Mark Robinson, founds Meridian Motor Group with three Toyota centres all located within Yorkshire.
Mark acquires three more Toyota sites in Lancashire, trading under the name Vantage. This is where Meridian Motor Group gains its trading name as Vantage Motor Group from.
The Vantage Toyota Centre located in Bridlington relocates to it's current location in Scarborough due to more space for expansion.
Vantage obtains its Hyundai Manchester Centre. This was the first year when Vantage Motor Group stepped outside of its comfort zone and acquired the first franchise aside from the well-established Toyota.
In a celebratory year for Vantage Motor Group, there was a wealth of addition and a fast moving expansion starting in June.
Vantage acquires 4 sites in the Midlands, a new region for the company, with 3 Toyota centres in Birmingham, Solihull and Tamworth as well as a Lexus centre also located in Birmingham. This was another new franchise for the Vantage portoflio whose expansion was in full swing.
Continuing from the Toyota move to Scarborough back in 2010, Vantage decides to experiment with another brand in the same area adding Kia Scarborough to the family.
Honda is the 5th brand to join Vantage Motor Group with the addition of a dealership in Barnsley.
July saw a 10th Toyota centre join the Vantage group as they acquired a site in Grange-over-Sands with the hope of expansion across the Lake District.
The end of 2013 didn't slow down for the team at Vantage as acquisitions kept coming. Adding another Hyundai centre, this time in Oldham, and two Citroën centres in Morecambe and Kendal. Vantage now operates for 6 brands over 16 sites in the UK.
The summer of 2014 saw openings of another two Hyundai centres in the North West, located in Stockport and Preston. The Stockport centre features a 10 car showroom and a 8 bay workshop after a £2.5 million make over led it to become one of the top Hyundai Centres in the UK.
The final pieces of the puzzle were added in the early months of 2015. With February being the welcome month of another Honda dealership, located in Bradford, and March seeing the Vantage Motor Group take a leap out of their comfort zone once more adding their first SKODA branch in Morecambe.
In May of 2015 Vantage Toyota Grange-over-Sands relocate their showroom to Morecambe. During the move a new Toyota Service-only centre in Kendal is opened.
In July, Vantage make a new jump as they became the official Mazda representatives for the Oldham, Saddleworth and Rochdale areas. This move means that Vantage now represent 8 quality franchises in 22 locations across the North of England and the Midlands.
At the start of the New Year, Vantage expanded its fast-growing portfolio of dealerships to 25 across the North and Midlands with the acquisition of Lexus Leeds, Toyota Leeds and Toyota Wakefield.
These sites take the total number of Vantage Toyota dealerships to 12, making it one of the largest Toyota groups in the UK.