The Dove Group is a car dealership based in the United Kingdom that specialises in new and used Volvo cars, alongside servicing and aftersales of Volvos cars across three dealerships: Doves Volvo Croydon, Doves Volvo Gatwick and Doves Volvo Horsham covering the counties of Surrey and West Sussex.
The 'Doves Volvo' brand has a long and distinguished history, which originated under The Dove Group in 1925.
Doves Volvo - History and heritage
The beginnings of Doves Volvo can be found in The Dove Group, which was established in 1925 by LF Dove in Wimbledon. The group then extended to Croydon in 1927.
The Dove Group initially mainly represented the brand's Jaguar and Austin Rover with the business expanding further to Kent and Hampshire. Ford franchises were established in Andover, Fareham and Folkestone, and the Austin Rover dealerships were sold in the 1990s.
In 1994, the family-owned company was purchased by Summit Motors Investment (UK) Ltd (SMIUK), a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation of Tokyo and the Andover and Fareham Ford businesses were sold, with the Folkestone dealership merged into the Invicta Motors brand in 1996.
The Dove Group continued to be represented Jaguar, Saab and Jeep in Croydon, until the businesses were relinquished in 2003.
In 2006, the group then expanded to Hapsted Volvo of Gatwick, Croydon and Horsham, acquired from the Sytner Group in 2006, and Volvo Croydon and Doves Jaguar were made into a dual-site.
Doves Croydon was run by SMIUK Ltd, alongside other brands Invicta, Dees and The Grange until SMIUK was purchased by Cambria Automobiles Holdings Ltd on 31 December 2007. Doves Jaguar was changed to Grange Jaguar, and the Doves brand continued to proudly represent Volvo.
Doves Volvo - Awards and recognition
In both 2013 and 2014, our Doves Volvo Horsham dealership was awarded the 'Volvo Dealer of the Year Award', which measures performance based on guest satisfaction and passion for the brand. That guest delight and passion for the brands we represent are pillars of the Cambria Automobiles group success.
In July 2014, parent motor retail group Cambria Automobiles received the Franchised Dealer Group of the Year Award 2014 at the 2014 Motor Trader Awards.