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Autopolis passes under the Dutch flag

By buying the dealers located in Bertrange and Ettelbruck, owned since 1995 by the Belgian group Alcopa, the giant Van Mossel Group becomes the most important player in the sector in the Benelux.

By acquiring the dealers located in Bertrange and Ettelbruck, owned since 1995 by the Belgian group Alcopa, the giant Van Mossel Group becomes the most important player in the sector at the Benelux level.

(Jmh with Marco Meng) – A new era is opening for Autopolis. After 25 years spent within the Belgian group Alcopa and numerous rumors of a takeover, the Luxembourg car dealership (finally) becomes the property of Van Mossel Automotive Groep. Announced Friday to employees, no details on the amount of the transaction were given. Based in Bertrange and Ettelbruck, Autopolis imports a dozen brands, including Volvo, Fiat and Corvette, and employs some 320 people for a sales volume of some 8,000 cars per year.


The Alcopa group is negotiating the sale of its 30 car dealerships to Van Mossel, according to several European media. This would concern the concession located in Bertrange.


It should be noted that this operation is doubled, for Van Mossel, by the takeover of the Belgian concession group Fidenco, based in Flanders. A repurchase carried out with Autopolis for the Ford, Hyundai, Land Rover and Jaguar brands, the amount of which has not been communicated either. The only figure put forward is that of the sales volume achieved in Belgium by Fidenco, namely 15,000 vehicles.

“The addition of Autopolis and Fidenco to our portfolio fits perfectly into our growth strategy”, assures Eric Berkhof, CEO of Van Mossel Automotive Groep, who assures that there should be “no change in the personnel or the management of Autopolis ”. Already present in the Grand Duchy through the company International Car Lease, the Van Mossel group intends to offer a global offer since it is active in insurance, financing, sale and repair or even vehicle leasing.

Eric Berkhof, CEO of Van Mossel Automotive Groep.

Eric Berkhof, CEO of Van Mossel Automotive Groep.

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“Customers want a phone number where they can get everything they want to know about cars,” says Eric Berkhof, who indicates that “this is what we do in Belgium and the Netherlands and that we want to bring also in Luxembourg ”. A country presented as “very important” for the group’s development.

To date, Van Mossel has around 250 branches spread across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Luxembourg. It employs more than 4,000 people and has an overall sales volume of some 95,000 vehicles in 2019. As a reminder, in 2019, Autopolis had made a profit of 23 million euros.

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