Date: January 2018


The parent company of SsangYong Motor UK - Bassadone Automotive Group, has appointed John Chisholm as director, financial services.

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John Chisholm, director, financial services - SsangYong Motor UK

In this newly created position, John will be responsible for managing the group’s provision of financial services across Europe, and particularly for SsangYong in the UK.

John was previously CEO of financial services at Mitsubishi UK, where he initially established retail finance and contract hire operations, before subsequently going on to run them for over 20 years.

Kevin Jones, chief executive of Bassadone Automotive Group, said: “John’s appointment further demonstrates our continued commitment to ensuring the success of SsangYong”.

Added Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK: “As we develop both our fleet and retail business, it is essential we provide customers and dealers with first class financial services, especially contract hire.  This will play a big part in achieving sales success of the new Rexton, and the Musso pick-up which arrives mid-year.”

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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 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

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