AUTO NEWS – Caterham Automobiles bought to Japanese agency VT Holdings

Caterham Automobiles bought to Japanese agency VT Holdings

Caterham has been bought to the Japanese retail group, VT Holdings, marking the primary time the long-lasting model has handed from British management in its close to 50-year historical past.

The sale isn’t fully out of the blue, as VT Holdings has been Caterham’s Japanese importer since 2009, promoting greater than 120 Caterham vehicles yearly throughout its community of 200 sellers. So the brand new house owners have a reasonably good grasp on Caterham’s key beliefs.

The agency’s Chief Govt, Kazuho Takahashi, additionally shares lots of Caterham’s pursuits, together with a ardour for racing. Through the previous 20 years, he’s competed within the Japanese Grand Touring Automobile, Tremendous GT and Tremendous Taikyu championships, claiming a few wins and a handful of podiums throughout his profession.

Takahashi has now retired from the quickest Japanese racing sequence, as he just lately turned 68 years previous; however he’s nonetheless racing sports activities vehicles within the lesser divisions. He additionally appears to favour British vehicles as, for the final couple of years, he’s raced a Lotus Evora.

Commenting on his firm’s acquisition of Caterham, Takahashi stated: VT Holdings is proud to welcome Caterham to the group. We have now not solely bought a globally famend efficiency automobile producer however change into custodians of a motoring legend. We’ll shield and develop the Seven to fulfill the legislative challenges that lie forward.”

Graham MacDonald, chief government of Caterham Automobiles, added: “Takahashi-san and the staff actually perceive the DNA of the Caterham model, our heritage, our clients and our passions. As a staff, we’re all enthusiastic about beginning to write the following chapter for this very particular model.”

VT Holdings has additionally invested within the Thai and South African markets, which means Caterham might quickly look to develop its gross sales community. Presently, the British model sells to twenty markets all over the world, with exports accounting for 60 % of its gross sales.

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AUTO NEWS – Caterham Automobiles bought to Japanese agency VT Holdings


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