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Clive Messenger

SsangYong Motor UK appoints new sales director

Swindon-based SsangYong Motors UK has appointed Clive Messenger as sales director – ahead of the launch of an electric vehicle by the Korean manufacturer best known for heavy-duty 4x4s, SUVs, and pick-ups.

Clive, who has worked in the motor industry all his working life, starting as an apprentice technician, moving on to several different roles within Cirencester-based Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, including area manager, head of field operations and latterly general manager – fleet operations.

The new addition is part of a plan to provide further support to both retail and fleet sales channels by expanding the management team. The expansion of the team aims for a more cohesive approach to both retail and fleet markets, providing further points of contact for dealers and direct supply customers, but also supports the continuation of sales growth for the firm.

Heading up an already developed team, Clive said: “It’s a very exciting time for SsangYong, with a plethora of new vehicles, and an ambitious but sustainable growth strategy.

“I am delighted to join the team in this stage of its development, and hope that the array of experience I have can help build upon the excellent foundations that are already in place.

“The addition of my role will support network growth, allow us to spend more time supporting our dealers, share best practices and ensure we maximise new retail and fleet opportunities.

“By adding greater value and focus to our dealers, we will help to improve sales, the customer experience and levels of profitability all-round”.

Kevin Griffin, managing director for SsangYong Motors UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Clive to the team here at SsangYong.

“With his wealth of knowledge and experience, he will help us as we develop and grow our dealer network and vehicle sales in the UK. He also brings fresh thinking, from which we can learn and help to keep our customers happier, for longer.

“His electric vehicle expertise will be invaluable as we look to launch a new electric vehicle shortly in the next few months.”