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Vantage on recruitment drive with latest senior appointment

Harrogate-based Vantage Motor Group has appointed John Barnes as market area general manager for West Yorkshire. The role has been created following Vantage’s recent acquisition of three dealerships in Leeds and Wakefield which increased its dealership portfolio to 25 sites.  

John has worked with the Toyota and Lexus brands for the last two-and-a-half years, formerly looking after dealerships in Cumbria and the Scottish Borders. He also brings 27 years of motor industry experience, working up through sales, to multi-site responsibility roles.     

John will be responsible for growing business across Vantage’s new dealerships in West Yorkshire – Toyota Wakefield, Toyota Leeds and Lexus Leeds – which were all acquired from Lookers in late December and also to build up Vantage’s reputation as the region’s preferred Toyota and Lexus dealer.  

John said: “I am delighted to have joined Vantage as they are a highly respected, forward thinking company and one of the largest Toyota representatives in Europe.

“I am looking forward to taking on this new role – it’s a very exciting time for Vantage as they seek to further enhance their presence in Yorkshire.”

Mark Robinson, managing director of Vantage Motor Group, said: “John was the perfect choice to fill this new role in West Yorkshire. He has all the credentials needed to take the business forward along with an expansive knowledge of the Toyota and Lexus brands.

“We welcome John to the Vantage family and look forward to seeing how his work will benefit the Group as a whole.”

The appointment of John Barnes follows news from Vantage of the appointment of Dale Baker as Group After Sales Director.

Vantage Motor Group was founded in Harrogate North Yorkshire in 2003. The Group now has over 600 employees and 25 dealerships across Northern England and the West Midlands representing Toyota, Kia, Citroen, Honda, Hyundai, ŠKODA, Mazda and Lexus. Turnover to the end of 2014 was £174m. 

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