Date: December 2016

SSANGYONG DEVELOPS INNOVATIVE SALES APPROACH FOR LONDON
  • Four new customer champions appointed
  • Service centres signed-up in Barnes, Croydon, Edgware, Kings Langley & Sidcup

SsangYong - Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer, is embarking on a new approach to the selling and servicing of its six-car range within Greater London.

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Pictured with Paul Williams (centre), CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, are the four new SsangYong Customer Champions - left to right, David Payne, Dayrl Small, Natalie Leslie and Mani Sanghera
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David Payne
Dayrl Small  
Natalie Leslie
Mani Sanghera

Instead of appointing conventional dealerships, SsangYong Motor UK has recruited its own team of sales champions to work alongside a newly appointed network of service centres located around the conurbation.

“This is an innovative and collaborative approach towards meeting the needs of the capital,” says Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, “and is designed to complement the 24/7 age in which we now operate.

“We know from research and our own experience, that customers increasingly do their new car browsing online, that 48% of web activity is via mobile phones or tablets, and that this is increasing all the time.  To dovetail with this, we have recruited our own team of sales professionals who all come from a retail, rather than a motor trade background.  These customer champions will engage with prospective purchasers, follow-up with test drives at their home or work, sell and handover the car and introduce them to their nearest service centre.”

This new team has now completed an intensive training programme at the company’s new offices in Luton, and are fully conversant with the product, brand, finance options and aftersales, and will have continuing contact with future SsangYong owners.

The four new SsangYong customer champions are David Payne, Dayrl Small, Natalie Leslie and Mani Sanghera.

To back them up, five approved service centres have been appointed, and these will offer a ‘collect and service’ operation for added customer convenience.

These new service centres are:

  • Auto Motive Service & Repair, Unit 4, Langley Wharf, Kings Langley, Herts WD4 8JE
  • EMG Croydon, 17 Montague Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3DU
  • JEM Service, Hyde Estate Road, Edgware, London NW9 6JX
  • Premier Autocentres, 184-214 Blackfen Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 8PT
  • West London SsangYong, 4 Castelnau, Barnes, London SW13 9RU

“This is a new way of building relationships with our customers, and we believe the format is particularly suited to London.  It will also provide useful experience on how to handle other metropolitan areas, and to see how this initiative might work elsewhere,” adds Mr Williams.

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5-year limitless mileage warranty

All models in the SsangYong range are covered by a best-in-class 5-year limitless mileage warranty.  Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, ‘limitless’ means just that: not a maximum mileage condition that some brands impose in their small print.  All the major mechanical components are covered including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system.  Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,500 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.

Made in Korea

SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK.  Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer.  There are currently some 60 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

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Ref: SY57/2016