Isuzu Truck UK has added JDS Trucks to its nationwide dealer network, handling full sales, service and parts support from its dealer points in Salford Quays, Manchester and Forrest Street, Blackburn.
JDS, established in 1965, was subject to a management buyout by its current owners in 2009 and has since trebled in size as a Renault dealer, through organic growth. Managing director Mark Griffiths (pictured) said: “We see the Isuzu truck franchise as a serious long-term investment for JDS, as it fully complements the added value service that we give to our customers.
“The Isuzu reputation within the 7.5t market, which is still very buoyant, is second to none, whilst the 3.5t market is growing significantly year on year and will provide us with big opportunities to expand our customer base into new areas. Isuzu customers will also benefit from our dedicated approach to customer service, as both franchise locations offer evening and overnight servicing and repairs to minimise operator downtime, all of which is backed by same day parts delivery.”
JDS has appointed a dedicated Isuzu truck sales manager Dave Cunliffe, who will be based at both the Manchester and Blackburn dealerships. The dealer also has several demonstration models at various gross vehicle weights, as well as substantial technical tooling and initial part stocks. JDS employs about 70 staff at these two dealerships with a six-bay workshop at the 1.25-acre Salford site, together with tacho services, a brake testing centre, and mobile parts and service support 24/7.
Richard Waterworth, Head of Sales at Isuzu Truck UK added: “The Greater Manchester conurbation is a key area for potential sales growth for the Isuzu marque and, by appointing such a well respected and highly thought of dealer as JDS Trucks, this will enable us to quickly increase our market penetration in this important area. With the JDS Blackburn depot also taking on the full Isuzu dealer franchise, this further extends our seamless representation from Manchester right up into Lancashire, as far as Cumbria.”