International Motors is set to take over the Mitsubishi Motors UK aftersales business. 

The deal is due to come into effect in the autumn, pending the completion of a successful due diligence process, and follows the announcement of Mitsubishi’s plans to exit the UK new vehicle market.

International Motors, which is currently the official UK importer for Isuzu and Subaru, says it has a parts distribution business and IT infrastructure into which the Mitsubishi aftersales operation could be integrated with relative ease.

Andrew Edmiston, managing director of International Motors’s parent company IM Group, said: “We are widely recognised for our award-winning customer service and we are confident that we will be able to offer the high quality of service Mitsubishi customers are accustomed to. 

“We have a longstanding relationship with Mitsubishi Corporation and a good track record of representing Japanese brands in the UK market. This fits perfectly with our long-term strategy to expand our automotive business.”

Rob Lindley, managing director of Mitsubishi’s UK importer the Colt Car Company, said: “There is an excellent fit between the Mitsubishi Motors brand and International Motors. They, too, are deeply committed to taking great care of their customers and I feel very confident that IM will be an outstanding long-term partner to our Mitsubishi dealers too. 

“Once the due diligence process has been completed, the team at the Colt Car Company will work hard to ensure that the transition is a success, thereby ensuring the best possible outcome for our employees, dealers and customers.”