Look­ing up

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE Aus­tralian agent for Peu­geot is hop­ing to ex­pand its busi­ness.

Sime Darby Mo­tor Group Aus­tralia is look­ing for an­other brand to han­dle, but man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Rob Dom­mer­son says none is avail­able.

‘‘We’re look­ing at more ac­qui­si­tions here, but noth­ing is yet avail­able,’’ Dom­mer­son says.

The group brings Peu­geot and SsangY­ong ve­hi­cles to Aus­tralia, is the Chrysler Jeep agent for New Zealand, and also op­er­ates Core Fleet, a com­pany that hires SUVs to min­ing com­pa­nies in Queens­land, Western Aus­tralia and the Hunter Val­ley.

‘‘Core Fleet rep­re­sents a barom­e­ter of the econ­omy and most di­vi­sions are above 90 per cent util­i­sa­tion and we don’t have enough ve­hi­cles to sup­ply them,’’ Dom­mer­son says.

‘‘This year things are look­ing up with a new breed of ve­hi­cles from man­u­fac­tur­ers, which is as­tound­ing con­sid­er­ing they have come through tough times in Europe.’’

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