Pendragon PLC

Our History

Evans Halshaw welcomes two new additional Kia sites - December 2013

Two additional franchise points under the KIA brand name were introduced in Hull and Reading.

Seat franchise joins the Evans Halshaw Division - February 2013

This new franchise to the volume division of Group, Evans Halshaw, joined in the spring, trading from Harrogate.

Morgan brand joins the Stratstone Division - August 2012

This British motoring institution joined the Stratstone brand with dealerships in Stourbridge and Edinburgh.

New partnership with Dacia - July 2012

Dacia made the move into the UK, and through our relationship with Renault, we began retailing Dacia from our 10 Evans Halshaw Renault dealerships.


New BMW and MINI addition to Stratstone - January 2012

We acquired a BMW and MINI dealership in Leeds from the Jardine Motors Group.  These locations joined the Stratstone division, further strengthening our relationship with BMW and MINI.

Growth of the Motorcycle Dealerships - 2010

We opened our first two Triumph motorcycle franchise points in Leicester and Wolverhampton, and a new Harley-Davidson franchise point in Stoke.

Acquisition of Dixon Motors Limited - August 2007

These additions to the Group complemented the Evans Halshaw brand: Vauxhall franchises at Beverley, Hull and Horsforth, Citroen franchises at Bradford, Doncaster, Rotherham and Hull, Ford franchises at Bury and Rotherham, Nissan franchises at York, Doncaster and Hull, Renault franchises at Hull and York, Peugeot franchises at Doncaster, Mansfield and Wakefield and a Kia franchise at Rotherham.

Acquisition of Williamson - September 2006

In this acquisition of two sites in the north of England, we further developed our relationship with the Peugeot and Citroen franchises.

Acquisition of Reg Vardy PLC - February 2006

Following the high profile acquisition of this northern based group, we secured 96 businesses representing a number of manufacturers.

Acquisition of Saab Santa Monica and Torrance - January 2005

Completion of this purchase increased our presence in Southern California by 30%.

CD Bramall Acquisition - March 2004

The largest acquisition to date resulted in national geographical coverage across a wide range of manufacturer brands in UK.

California based Land Rover Acquisitions - February 2003

We acquired two further Land Rover businesses in Newport Beach and Mission Viejo, California, USA.

South Coast Jaguar Acquisition - October 2001

South Coast Jaguar at San Juan Capistrano enhanced our presence in California, USA.


Acquisition of Hornburg - April 2001

We acquired two high profile locations in Beverley Hills and Santa Monica, California. The Hornburg business, comprising of Jaguar and Land Rover extended our portfolio in America and strengthened our worldwide operating relationship with Jaguar.

Acquisition of Bauer Jaguar - July 2000

Bauer Jaguar, the third largest Jaguar dealership in America, became part of our portfolio, which formed the nucleus for further acquisitions.

Lex Retail Group Acquisition - March 2000

We acquired 32 franchised dealerships from Lex Service PLC.  This acquisition pursued our strategy of developing strong positions within the specialist and volume operations and further consolidated our position as the UK's largest automotive retailer.

Evans Halshaw Acquisition - February 1999

We acquired the whole of the issued share capital of Evans Halshaw, making us the largest motor dealer group in the UK.  As a result of the acquisition of Evans Halshaw, there was a significant increase in our representation of both luxury and volume franchises.

Pinewood Computers - August 1998

We enhanced our portfolio even further when we acquired Pinewood Computers, specialists in dealer management systems, telecommunications and remote security monitoring systems for the retail motor industry.  Apart from providing services to all our team members, Pinewood has a substantial third party business.

Lex Acquisition - 1997

The acquisition of 17 volume car dealerships from Lex Service PLC enabled us to become the largest retailer of Vauxhall in the UK.

Acquisition of Stratstone Limited - 1992

We acquired the Stratstone brand, enhancing our relationship with Jaguar and Land Rover, and establishing our presence in London.

Volume Partnerships - 1990

We extended our portfolio to incorporate volume franchises, such as Ford and Vauxhall, enabling us to become the largest retailer of Vauxhall in the UK.

De-merger - 1989

Pendragon became a public limited company when the vehicle division of Williams PLC was de-merged in 1989, operating 19 car dealerships, representing specialist and luxury franchises, as well as a small contract hire business.