A third Fiat and Abarth dealership has been brought to south Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by independent motor retailer Snows.
The new operation at 118 Bridge Road, Sarisbury Green, near Fareham, offers new and used car sales as well as providing an approved service centre, along with approved parts, for Fiat and Abarth.
In addition the group has introduced its specialist used car operation, Too Good to Auction, which specialises in the retail of outstanding value used cars which have come to Snows through part-exchange deals.
With Sarisbury Green, Snows now has 42 franchise dealerships, nine specialist used car outlets and five manufacturer-approved repair centres.
Snows’ Fiat and Abarth presence complements those of the recently built brand-new facility Snows Fiat at Millbrook, Southampton, and Snows Fiat at Newport, Isle of Wight.
Mark Austin, a Snows group franchise manager, said: “We are delighted with the acquisition and have undertaken significant refurbishments to the site. The eight-vehicle showroom at Sarisbury Green features new Fiat and Abarth models.
“It means we can provide a convenient sales and service offering to customers in the west and east of Southampton, as well as on the Isle of Wight.
“Customers like the convenience of being able to view and test-drive cars locally, rather than having to make extended journeys.
“Furthermore, to further utilise the new site, we are selling used Alfa Romeos and Jeeps, as well as selected cars from our Too Good to Auction service.”
Fiat models include the popular Fiat 500 series, the 124 Fiat Spider roadster and Fiat Panda.
Abarth is the performance hatch arm of the Fiat marque; models include the Abarth 595, a trend-setting city car, and the 695 Biposto – tagged as the world’s smallest supercar with a 1.4-litre turbo-charged petrol engine and a top speed of 143mph.
With up to 10 jobs being created, including technicians, David Carpenter has been appointed sales manager and Michael Ewen is after-sales manager.
The Sarisbury Green dealership is the latest franchise to be opened this year by Snows, which employs nearly 800 people and traces its roots back to Southampton 55 years ago through late founder Geoff Snow.
Others include Peugeot and Kia dealerships at Newbury, Berkshire. Snows Fiat on the Isle of Wight was the first Fiat dealership to open there in five years.
Snows Motor Group
Snows Motor Group is a privately-owned company that has been in business for more than 55 years and is recognised as being one of the leading motor groups in the South.
There are 42 franchise dealerships, nine specialist used car outlets and five Solus franchised service centres.
The group represents the automotive brands of Abarth, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Citroën, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lotus, MINI, Peugeot, SEAT, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen Commercial and Volvo across 42 franchise dealerships in Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey and Wiltshire.
For more details visit www.snowsgroup.co.uk