Cambria was incorporated in March 2006 with the objective of creating an independent UK motor dealership group representing both the volume, premium and luxury segments of the motor vehicle market through a "buy and build" strategy.
The company is a retailer of new and used cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes.
Within the new vehicle retail department of the dealerships, the customer is not only the retail customer but local fleet and business users. In retail terms, the company provides a one-stop solution for all the customer's retail needs. From finance and insurance which allow the execution of the transaction along with service plans to maintain the vehicle during the ownership and parts and accessories which could make the product a bespoke offering.
Post-purchase and during the vehicle ownership cycle, the company provides full maintenance carried out by its factory trained, manufacturer qualified technical staff. The company also has the ability to carry out warranty repairs under the manufacturer's control and guidance
The company also supplies parts on behalf of the manufacturer brands which the company represents for cars being repaired and as a supplier to other car dealers and independent traders and repairers.
The company also provides accident repair facilities for its customers either through its own accident repair centre in Kent or through sub-contract to other accident repair centres.
Over the past 15 years Cambria Automobiles has identified and acquired a number of underperforming motor dealership businesses where it felt that its four pillar culture, defined acquisition strategy and operational process improvement would result in increased revenue and profitability by those dealerships which would subsequently produce increased returns for the Group.
The following timeline sets out the Group's development:
- July 2006
Acquired Cambria Automobiles Limited and Sudbury (Swindon) Limited;
- August 2007
Acquired Thoranmart Limited.
- 31 December 2007
Acquired Summit Investments Motors (UK) Limited which has subsequently been renamed Cambria Automobiles (South East) Limited.
- January 2008
Acquired the trade and assets of 4 franchises from the Administrative Receiver of Caledonia Motor Group;
Nissan, Volvo and Lotus franchises have been added to existing dealerships within Thoranmart.
- October 2009
Acquired the trade and assets of 4 motor vehicle dealership sites from the Administrator of Autohaus Limited adding the Triumph and Mazda brands to the Group.
- December 2009
Acquired the trade and assets of one dealership from the Administrator of Lythgoe Limited, with both Fiat and Mazda brands.
- February 2010
Acquired D&F Trading Limited from Drake and Fletcher Limited which incorporated 2 Honda and 2 Mazda dealerships.
- March 2011
Addition of Alfa Romeo and Renault franchises onto Blackburn Motor Park.
- September 2011
Acquired the trade and assets of Doves Vauxhall in Southampton.
- January 2013
Acquired the trade and assets of County Motor Works, Vauxhall, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler Jeep in Chelmsford.
- July 2014
Acquired the trade and assets of Hadley Green Motors Jaguar and Land Rover in Barnet, Hertfordshire. More details here.
Won the prestigious Franchised Dealer Group of the Year Award at the annual Motor Trader Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. More details here...
- May 2015
On the 1st May 2015, Cambria completed the acquisition of the trade and assets of the Land Rover franchise in Royal Wootton Basset, Swindon from TH White Limited. Read more about Grange Land Rover Swindon here.
- January 2016
On the 8th January 2016, Cambria completed the acquisition of the Land Rover franchise in Welwyn Garden City from the Jardine Motors Group. Read more about Grange Land Rover Welwyn here.
- May 2016
On the 18th January 2016, Cambria opened its new Aston Martin Birmingham business. Read more about Grange Aston Martin Birmingham here.
- July 2016
On the 5th July 2016, Cambria Automobiles acquired the trade and assets of Jaguar and Land Rover Woodford in South Woodford, North London from Pendragon Premier Limited, a subsidiary of Pendragon.
- November 2017
In November 2017, Cambria Automobiles agreed on a partnership with luxury brand McLaren to open a dealership in Hatfield in January 2018. See Grange McLaren Hatfield.
- December 2017
In December 2017, Cambria Automobiles agreed on a partnership with Bentley to open our Bentley Chelmsford dealership in Essex and Bentley Tunbridge Wells in Kent. The dealerships are open now. See Grange Bentley.
- January 2018
In January 2018, Cambria Automobiles agreed on a new partnership to open our Lamborghini Chelmsford dealership in Essex. The dealership is opening in May 2018. Visit Grange Lamborghini.
- August 2018
Cambria Automobiles opens its second Lamborghini dealership. Lamborghini Tunbridge Wells is open now.
- December 2018
Cambria Automobiles opened its new 'Arch Concept' Grange Land Rover Hatfield and Grange Jaguar Hatfield dealership replacing Land Rover Welwyn and Jaguar Welwyn respectively with a new state-of-the-art facility.
- April 2019
Cambria Automobiles are proud to announce that on the 5th April 2019 we opened a new state-of-the-art luxury retail dealership for the Aston Martin marque. Aston Martin Hatfield is open now and replaces of Aston Martin Welwyn facility.
- May 2019
On the 3rd May 2019, we opened a new state-of-the-art luxury sports dealership for the McLaren marque in Hertfordshire. Grange McLaren Hatfield is open now replacing our temporary facilities that had been operating on-site for over a year.
- January 2020
In January 2020, Cambria Automobiles acquired the trading assets of the Leven Car Company in Scotland to open our first-ever Rolls-Royce Motor Cars dealership and our fourth Aston Martin location. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh and Grange Aston Martin Edinburgh are open now and we look forward to welcoming new and existing guests.
- February 2020
We welcomed back Alfa Romeo and Jeep at Preston Motor Park where then joined Abarth and Fiat. With the four vehicle franchises now available at Preston, we are an 'Official FCA Brand Centre' and stand ready to welcome guests from all over the North West of England.
- December 2020
Launched SOGO Mobility Limited with a view to transforming the way people and businesses fulfil their vehicle needs.
- November 2021
Delisted from the London Stock Exchange. Cambria Automobiles Limited is now a privately owned company again.