International Motors Ltd agrees to purchase The Colt Car Company’s aftersales business


International Motors Ltd, a part of IM Group, the internationally-renowned Midlands-based automotive, property and finance business, has agreed to purchase The Colt Car Company’s aftersales business.

The new subsidiary of International Motors will be called I.M. MAPS (UK) Ltd but will continue to trade, as it has done for many years, under the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK banner.

International Motors, which was established in 1976, is currently the official UK importer for Subaru and Isuzu vehicles and the addition of the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK aftersales business represents an opportunity to grow its parts and accessories operation.

Mitsubishi drivers will see no difference in the standards of service they receive from Mitsubishi Motors in the UK and can continue to rely on their local Mitsubishi dealer for aftersales support. In the autumn it is anticipated that most of the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK dealers will transition to become Mitsubishi Service Centres.

The purchase will take place on 1st October 2021 and the Mitsubishi Motors in the UK aftersales business will operate independently within IM Group from its current base in Cirencester. It will be staffed by the existing and experienced Mitsubishi aftersales team members, headed up by Toby Marshall who has been a Director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK for over 12 years, ensuring a consistent standard of service to customers and Service Centres is maintained at all times.

Andrew Edmiston, Managing Director, IM Group, commented: “Mitsubishi is a wonderful brand with a great reputation for excellent products and outstanding customer service. Through the professionalism of the dealer network, customers have come to expect the very highest levels of service. In this new era of ownership by IM Group, a company with customer service at its heart, customers can expect no less commitment from their Mitsubishi dealer than they have experienced in the past. We will ensure all Mitsubishi dealers have the support they need to continue to deliver this. IM Group are pleased and proud to represent Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.”

Rob Lindley, Managing Director, The Colt Car Company, commented: “The completion of this deal ensures the long-term future for Mitsubishi aftersales in the UK. Operating within the IM Group, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK will continue to deliver the excellent standards of aftersales care, parts supply and vehicle warranty that our customers have experienced and will continue to provide to our UK customers for many years to come.”