Our History.

From workshop to multi-franchise dealer group From humble beginnings the RRG Group has grown to become one of the biggest and most successful Dealer Groups in the North From workshop to multi-franchise dealer group
1967 1967 - The origin of The RRG Group The Company was formed in 1967 with the acquisition of a small garage business at Radcliffe Road, Bolton consisting of a workshop employing five mechanics, and a petrol pump.
Radcliffe Road Garage 1974
1971 - Acquisition of Toyota franchise The Toyota franchise was acquired with the first dealership opening on Radcliffe Road, Bolton and Radcliffe Road Garage became a Limited Company, employing fifteen people. The Toyota franchise partnership would go on to become the largest in the group with 11 centres across Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
1978 - 2nd Toyota centre opens on Bolton Road, Bury The site in Bury was purchased in 1975 and completely refurbished and equipped as another Toyota dealership and petrol station opening in 1978. This is now the site of our Kia Bury dealership
1983 1983 - RRG Swinton established he site on Moorside Road, Swinton was established as a franchised dealership. However, this locations role has changed over the years and now plays host to The RRG Group Fleet, Leasing and Business Department
1984 - The RRG Group opens it's first Accident Repair Centre New Accident Repair Centre and Bodyshop complex opens on the Tonge Fold Industrial Estate in Bolton and is still operating on the same site today.​This is now the site of our Kia Bury dealership
1990 - The prestigious Salford Quays dealership construction completed and Lexus Franchise acquired The RRG Salford Quays Toyota dealership and Head Office building was completed, initially housing the group's 4th Toyota dealership and first Lexus centre along with the Group's Head Office management functions.
1992 - RRG Rochdale Toyota opens Originally based in Heywood since 1987 as the RRG Group's 3rd Toyota centre, the operation was relocated to a new purpose built facility on Edinburgh Way, Rochdale which continues to be the site of RRG Toyota Rochdale.
1993 -​ Peugeot Franchise acquired and Toyota Bury relocates RRG Toyota Bury relocates from the Elton Garage site to its present location just off Bolton Road to accommodate the arrival of Peugeot as a franchise who hook over the site with the RRG Group's first Peugeot centre. (Now the site of RRG Kia Bury)
1996 - Peugeot Franchise expands and Toyota Salford Quays sets a record The Peugeot franchise, (at the time trading under the name of Elton Garages) grows in size with the opening of the RRG Peugeot Rochdale site, located close to the existing Toyota centre on Edinburgh Way, Rochdale​. The Toyota Salford Quays centre has the prestige of becoming the first Toyota dealership in the UK to achieve 1,000 sales.
1998 1998 - Further growth for RRG Group Toyota and Peugeot franchises The group opens a new Peugeot centre in Oldham. Originally located on Huddersfield Road in the town the centre is now based on Spencer Street just off Manchester Road.. RRG Altrincham Toyota also opens later in the year to further strengthen The RRG Group's Toyota presence in Greater Manchester.
1999 - Lexus implement new dealer network protocols including separating Lexus from parent brand Toyota The RRG Group are awarded the Lexus franchise​ for Manchester and Bolton locations and work is completed in November on the new Lexus Bolton centre.
2000 - The RRG Group is acquired by Marubeni The ownership of the RRG Group was transferred to Marubeni Corporation, a major Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate​. Akira Tanaka is appointed Chairman of the RRG Group, Michael Smyth appointed Executive Vice Chairman and Bill Tyldsley Vice Chairman.​​
2006 - Mazda franchise acquired as major investment creates significant growth The RRG Group acquires a number of Japanese car franchise dealerships further increasing its presence for Lexus and Toyota across Greater Manchester and introducing the Mazda brand to the group. The centres acquired now trade as RRG Toyota Denton, RRG Toyota Macclesfield, RRG Toyota Stockport, Lexus Stockport and RRG Mazda Stockport RRG Toyota Bolton relocates to a new purpose built facility on Bury New Road.
2007 2007 - Contact Centre created A contact centre is established at the Group's Salford Quays Head Office location to assist with and centralise aftersales and servicing enquiries.​ RRG Altrincham Toyota also opens later in the year to further strengthen The RRG Group's Toyota presence in Greater Manchester.
2010 - Kia franchise acquired The RRG Group increases its franchise partner portfolio with the addition of South Korean car manufacturer Kia. RRG Kia Bury opens on Bolton Road, Bury replacing the Peugeot centre.​
2012 - Expansion into West Yorkshire The RRG Group moves into West Yorkshire with the acquisition of a number of sites. RRG Toyota Bradford, RRG Toyota Huddersfield and RRG Toyota Silsden are among the sites acquired further increasing the number of Toyota centres that the group operate.
2012 - Nissan franchise acquired RRG Nissan Bury opens at the end of the year to become the groups' 7th franchise partner with the new dealership located next to the existing RRG Toyota Bury site.
2013 - SKODA franchise acquired RRG SKODA Rochdale opens initially sharing the Kingsway site with Mazda before going on to operate as a standalone dealership. The addition of the Czech car manufacturer increases the RRG Group's franchise partners to 8.
2018 2018 - SKODA franchise expands The RRG Group increase the number of SKODA sites in operation with the opening of RRG SKODA Bolton in a brand new facility on All Saints Street.RRG Altrincham Toyota also opens later in the year to further strengthen The RRG Group's Toyota presence in Greater Manchester.
2018 2018 - The RRG Group becomes one of the first to offer online car retailing. Online retailing functionality is implemented on the group website allowing customers to buy a car online. Customers given the opportunity to place a holding deposit, purchase outright or apply for finance, and arrange collection or delivery of a vehicle at a time that is convenient. Future and ongoing digital development lead to the introduction of a digital response team at head office to manage the increasing number of inquiries generated by the group's digital marketing activities.
2021 - The MG franchise is acquired The acquisition of the MG franchise increases the group's franchise partners to 8 and further enhances the range of 100% electric powered cars offered by The RRG Group. RRG MG Stockport opens at the end of December next to RRG Mazda Stockport on Rooth St, Stockport.RRG Toyota Bolton relocates to a new purpose built facility on Bury New Road.
Over 50 Years of Service Today, The RRG Group employs over 700 people across the North West and West Yorkshire, with 22 dealerships, 2 body shops and a fleet division. The RRG Group strives to provide the level of customer service normally expected by small businesses. As digitisation spreads into the automotive industry, The RRG Group are keen to explore all elements of new technology. “We are proud of our history and we passionately strive to be the best company to deal with and work for.”