Japanese compact car specialist Daihatsu has named its ‘Dealers of the Year 2003’, bringing to a close a dynamic 12 months that saw the arrival of five new models and a dramatic rise in year-end sales.

Each winning dealer was acknowledged as the best all round performer in its particular sales region.

Paul Hegarty, Daihatsu Operations Director, said: "These awards are for the dealers that made the biggest overall contribution in 2003 and showed their commitment to Daihatsu through the high standard of their showroom facilities and customer care as well as sales," he said.

Daihatsu’s ‘Dealers of the Year 2003’ were:

The announcement comes at the close of a year that saw brisk business in the final quarter from October to December, with December passenger car sales more than 100 per cent up on the same period last year.

Sales started to pick up in September with a 15 per cent increase year on year. October then saw a massive 67 per cent increase, while November sales were also up 63 per cent.

Paul Hegarty explained: "Our strong second half growth began with the arrival of the new Charade, which continues to sell well. We then revamped the Terios 4x4 line-up with the new Sport and Tracker models, and introduced the UK’s fastest 1.3 litre car, the YRV Turbo 130.

"On top of this we have just launched the new Extol microvan, to eventually replace the Hijet, which itself won its 11th consecutive What Van? Best Microvan title in 2003.

"Last, but by no means least, the new Copen sportscar is now being delivered to its first customers, many of whom have benefited from our launch offer of free leather trim for cars registered before 31 December 2003."

In summary, Paul said: "It is great to finish the year on such a positive note and we are genuinely excited by the prospects for Daihatsu in 2004."

Published : 18/12/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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