SEAT Ireland has announced Connolly Motor Group in Sligo as the latest dealer to join the 24 strong network, marking another significant step in the expansion for the brand. This new addition to the SEAT dealer network comes after the brand recently reported its highest sales figures in 19 years. Year to date SEAT has sold more than 4,000 units, up 10.5% compared to the market which is down 7%. This gives the brand a record high market share of 3.5%.
The dealership will be the first SEAT dealership to open in Sligo and will host the full SEAT range including SEAT’s award-winning SUV portfolio namely, the SEAT Ateca, the SEAT Arona Crossover and the newest SUV to join the range, the 7-Seater SEAT Tarraco. The Connolly dealership will also host the well-established SEAT models, Ibiza and Leon, as part of its fleet. Ten new full-time jobs will be created as a result of the opening, bringing the total number of employees of the Connolly Motor Group to 280.
Since opening its first dealership in Ballina in 1939, Connolly Motor Group, has had continuous growth with dealerships in Mayo, Galway and Sligo. The family-owned group offer sales and aftersales in both passenger and commercial vehicles and specialise in used vehicle sales. The new dealership will be led by Dealer Principal Neil Connolly and his team Brand Manager Padraic Gallagher, Sales Executives Morgan O’Reilly and Niall Taylor, After Sales Manager Shane Rochford and Service Advisor Martina Blee.
Niall Phillips, Brand Director of SEAT Ireland said, “SEAT Ireland is delighted to welcome Connolly Motor Group to its nationwide network of dealerships. The team at Connolly’s has a brilliant reputation for excellent customer service and their level of experience and expertise will hugely benefit SEAT. There has never been a better time to join the SEAT network as the brand continues to expand, we now have the largest and newest product range in our history”.
On partnering with SEAT, Neil Connolly, Connolly Motor Group Director said, “We are delighted to be investing in the SEAT brand and bringing this great brand to people in the Sligo region. Being part of a group provides us with the additional benefit and financial stability that comes with having multiple dealerships.
We are proud to be a family-owned group and the foundations of our success is the people who work with us, the manufacturers we represent and of course, our valued customers. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. My brother Kevin and I are extremely proud to be bringing more jobs to Sligo and delighted that we can breathe new life into a building that has been lying vacant in Collooney.”