M/19/021 – Gowan Group / Opel Ireland

Transaction details

The proposed acquisition of Opel Automobile Ireland Limited by Gowan Group Limited has been cleared by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Notification date Decision date
Thursday July 11, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Parties Involved Business activities
Gowan Group Limited

Gowan Group Limited was incorporated in Ireland in 1969 and is ultimately owned by Convest Limited. The group are involved in the wholesale distribution of Peugeot vehicles in Ireland and the retail sales of Peugeot, Honda, Kia and Opel vehicles. A related company Universal Motor Holdings Limited are involved in the wholesale distribution of Honda branded vehicles in Ireland.

Opel Automobile Ireland Limited

Opel Automobile Ireland Limited is a private limited company incorporated in Ireland in 1978. It is the exclusive wholesale distributor of Opel motor vehicles, Opel branded original equipment and used Opel motor vehicles. Opel Automobile Ireland Limited is wholly owned and controlled by Opel Europe Holding S.L.U. and is part of the PSA Group which is the group that manufactures Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, DS and Vauxhall cars and motorcycles.

Economic sector Media merger
Motor Sector - Retail/Wholesale No
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Friday, July 26, 2019
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Susan Whelan

Tel: 353 1 470 3651
Email: susanwhelan@ccpc.ie

Media enquiries: communications@ccpc.ie

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