Date: June 2013

RYGOR ENTERS THE BUS & COACH SECTOR WITH ACQUISITION OF EVOBUS, SOUTHALL

Rygor Commercials, the largest dealer group within the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles network has made its first move into the bus and coach market by acquiring the southern aftersales centre of EvoBus Daimler UK at Southall, Middlesex.

Commented Tim Stacey, managing director of Rygor Commercials:  “This is an extremely exciting development for the company.  It enables us to use our expertise to support PSV operators with Mercedes-Benz buses & coaches and Setra coaches for the first time, and fits perfectly with our existing business looking after the needs of Mercedes-Benz truck and van customers.”

The company will be retaining all current EvoBus employees at Southall, and is looking to make a significant investment to expand and improve services at the facility.  The existing EvoBus operation in Coventry is unaffected by this move.

The Rygor group now includes 12 Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealerships and eight vehicle maintenance centres, mostly across southern England - see details below and at www.rygor.co.uk

“Understanding our customers’ needs and achieving the very highest level of customer satisfaction is key to Rygor’s business success.  Our teams are dedicated to keeping vehicle down time to a minimum and with a focus on continuous improvement.  We have been awarded the Mercedes-Benz Retail and Aftersales Dealer of the Year on a number of occasions and currently lead the network for our MOT first time pass rate of 98%.

“Fellow owners/directors Paul Reed, Graham Drake and I will be going out to meet our new PSV customers, to learn about their needs and to reassure them about the high quality service they can expect from Rygor,” added Mr Stacey.

About Rygor Commercials

With 12 Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealerships and eight vehicle maintenance centres, Rygor Commercials is the largest dealer group within the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles network.

Headquartered in Westbury, Wiltshire, it also has dedicated centres in Brackley, Chilcompton in Somerset, Heathrow, Kidderminster, Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Salisbury, Southall, Swindon and Tewkesbury.

Amongst its staff of over 600 people, the company employs 180 Mercedes-Benz trained technicians, 60 parts specialists and 30 sales executives.

The company sells and services Mercedes-Benz vans and heavy trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso Canter and Unimog vehicles, as well as servicing Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses and coaches.

The business was founded in 1992, and went through a management buyout in 2008.

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For further information, please contact:  Julie Steed
  Marketing & customer service director
  Rygor Commercials Ltd
  juliesteed@rygor.co.uk
  Tel: 01373 855555
  www.rygor.co.uk
   
Issued by:  Jeremy Clarke/Sue Hitchcock
  clarke@lawsonclarke.co.uk
  sue.hitchcock@lawsonclarke.co.uk
  LawsonClarke PR
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Ref: RG01/2013