Buckby business driving new investment in Launceston

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Neil Buckby Motors continues to expand its footprint in Launceston, recently opening Renault Australia’s newest Renault showroom in Margaret Street.

General Manager Ben Newman said the business became the local dealer for Renault cars and vans in May, 2015.

A decision was made to develop and open a new showroom this year to better showcase the brand.

“When we took on the Renault franchise we had limited space, and now with the new showroom we can display up to 14 new vehicles,” Mr Newman said.

Mr Newman said the Renault range had a vehicle to suit most drivers.

The Clio is the small hatch in the range, with European styling and a sophisticated design.  The Captur is a small SUV that appeals to those looking for low prices and high specs.  The Megane is the sporty hatch oozing quality and style, which also comes in a wagon.  The all new Koleos is a popular SUV that suits Tasmanian conditions.

“It’s not just Renault cars that have a new space, Renault vans are also catered for,” Mr Newman said.

“Renault commercial vehicles have become a popular option in the market with options available from the smaller Kangoo van to the large Master van and Master bus.

“The interest in the Renault van range has increased significantly recently – there have been national fleets including Australia Post running Renaults in Tasmania and this has helped create awareness for the vans.”

The Renault expansion is the latest in a long list of recent developments for the business, which was started in 1997 by the late Neil Buckby.

The original showroom still operates in St John Street.

“The history of this dealership and yard goes well beyond this date however, formerly running as Webster Cars in the 80’s and 90’s,” Mr Newman said.

The current owners of the Neil Buckby Motors, Crichton Lewis, Ben Newman and Elise D’Orazio have expanded the Neil Buckby Motors footprint over the past decade, adding Renault, Jaguar, Great Wall, JMC, RAM, and Foton to the existing brands Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, and Land Rover.

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