4 July 2019

Gowan Group acquire Opel Ireland

Gowan Group, the family owned holding company, has announced an agreement with Opel Automobile GmbH to acquire Opel Ireland. The conclusion of the transaction is subject to Irish CCPC approval. 

On completion, Gowan Group will be Opel’s wholesale import partner in Ireland. This move is in line with Opel’s business strategy in selected European markets to enhance agility, efficiency and competitiveness.

Gowan Group will assume responsibility for all of Opel Ireland’s operations and current Opel employees will transfer on completion of the transaction.

Gowan Group has been involved in motor distribution in Ireland for fifty years, importing Peugeot vehicles since 1969 and Honda vehicles since 1984.

“We are delighted to become Opel’s import partner in Ireland,” says Michael Dwan, CEO, Gowan Group. “We have an in-depth understanding of the Irish motor market and a strong appreciation of the Opel brand. The close engagement with our colleagues in Russelsheim through this process, together with the expertise and capability within the Group and within Opel Ireland, the strong dealer network and customer base and the exciting new product pipeline all underpin our belief that Opel will fully realise its potential in the Irish market in the years ahead. We look forward to welcoming the Opel Ireland team into the Gowan Group.”