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Rochford Motors gets Opel franchise for Mayo

Rochford Motors in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo has just been appointed as a new Opel dealer by Leeson Motors, the Opel importer for Ireland (which itself is part of the wider Gowan Group).

40 years in business

Rochford's has been in business for more than 40 years and was established by the late Billy Rochford. Billy's son, Liam is these days the dealer principal, and he has a 14-strong team working with him.

Speaking of the appointment, James Brooks, Managing Director of Leeson Motors said: "I warmly welcome Liam to the Opel Dealer Network. We very much look forward to working in partnership with his highly experienced team and I wish them every success with the Opel brand."

Opportune time

He continued: "The appointment of Rochford Motors comes at an opportune time. Opel is in the midst of a clear renaissance period, boasting one of the freshest model line-ups in the market. Armed with new passenger car models such as the Corsa, Corsa-e, the Crossland and Insignia, our all-new Mokka has just been crowned Continental Tyres Irish Small SUV of the Year 2022, whilst the all-electric Opel Vivaro-e mid-sized panel van was bestowed the Continental Tyres Irish Van of the Year 2022 title. In January, we celebrated a historical van market share high with over 13 per cent of the market, ranking number three in the national sales podium. We now look forward in confidence to continued growth, as we prepare to launch two critical models in the coming months, the new Opel Grandland SUV and the all-new Opel Astra, both available in petrol, diesel and PHEV plug-in electric hybrid from launch."

Trusted business

Liam Rochford, Dealer Principal, said: "I am delighted to join the Opel Dealer Network and thrilled to bring the trusted Opel brand to Ballyhaunis, as the Main Franchise Dealer for Opel New Passenger Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles, Parts and Service in County Mayo. I am fiercely proud of our reputation, which has seen Rochford Motors grow steadily over 40 years to the strong, trusted business we represent today and I sincerely thank all of our staff and each and every one of our loyal customers, who have supported us. As Opel continues to grow in strength, we are very excited about its rapidly increasing electric range and new products such as the new Grandland, the new Astra, the new Combo-e and the new Movano range. We look forward to welcoming Mayo motorists to our showroom to view the Opel range this March."

As well as selling new passenger cars, Rochford's also looks after commercial vehicle customers and has an RSA-approved CVR Light Commercial Test Centre for light commercials up to 3,500kg.

Published on March 16, 2022
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