Hawkins Motor Group History
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Hawkins Motor Group History

In 1940 the business began to develop, retailing tractors, cars, motorcycles and cycles and in 1946, we became agents for the British motorcycle brands Arial, BSA, Norton, Vincent, Scott and AJS. In 1972 we were appointed main dealers for Peugeot in Cornwall and began to expand beyond St Stephen and across the county.

Today we are Cornwall’s longest established family owned car dealership group with the seven generation of the Hawkins family now joining the business. We are franchised dealers for new cars and commercial vehicles from 5 major manufacturers: Peugeot, Citroën, Hyundai, Kia, and MitsubishiWe have a group stock of typically over 1,000 used cars and commercial vehicles that are available throughout our dealerships in St Stephen, St Austell, Blackwater Truro, Penryn, Hayle and Launceston.

Hawkins Motor Group
Hawkins Motor Group
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Hawkins Motor Group
Hawkins Motor Group
Hawkins Motor Group
Hawkins Motor Group Cafe
Hawkins Motor Group

Hawkins Timeline

1933 WH Hawkins started trading as a motor vehicle engineer in the village of St Stephen.
1940 The business developed, retailing tractors, cars, motorcycles and cycles.
1946 Appointed agent for British motorcycles, Arial, BSA, Norton, Vincent, Scott and ETS.
1950 Appointed agent for British cars and light commercial vehicles.
1972 Appointed Peugeot main Dealer for Cornwall.
1973 The business expanded with the purchase of the Hayle dealership and appointed Peugeot.
1989 Further expansion with the purchase of the Truro Dealership.
1992 The Truro dealership was appointed the Citroën Franchise.
1994 The Company was accredited with the Quality Management Standard ISO 9002.
1996 The Company opened a used car trade operation in the village of St Stephen.
1997 Further expansion with the purchase of the Penryn dealership and appointed Peugeot franchise.
1999 The first luxury power cruiser was completed and launched. The business completed 2 prototype petrol powered vehicles for children made from recycled golf buggies.
2000 Appointed the Kia franchise for Cornwall. The Company achieved recognition as an Investor in People. Recognised as a finalist in the Motor Trader of the Year awards.
2001 Further expansion with an opening of St Austell based Hawkins Motor Centre.
2002 Land is purchased next to the A30 Hayle for the future development of 3 new dealerships.
2003 Expansion of the Blackwater dealership to a 10 bay workshop and reception. Appointed the Hyundai Franchise for Cornwall.
2005 New Hayle Site opens with the Peugeot Franchise.
2006 Kia opens at Hayle using the new dealership run using existing Hayle staff.
2008 The first Motorhome was manufactured. The new purpose build Kia site opens in Hayle.
2009 St Austell appointed with the Hyundai Franchise. New Truck and Van Centre opens at St Stephen. St Austell appointed with the Hyundai Franchise.
2010 Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen Win their first Peugeot National "Guild of Gold Lion Awards" a prestigious national award only given to the top 10 UK dealerships for outstanding customer satisfaction and performance.
2011 Used Car Dealership opened in Launceston. Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen win their second "Guild of Gold Lion Award". Hawkins Peugeot Penryn win their first "Guild of Gold Lion Award"
2012 Hawkins are appointed with the Mitsubishi franchise. Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen win their third "Guild of Gold Lion Award" Hawkins Peugeot Penryn win their second "Guild of Gold Lion Award".
2013 Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen win their fourth "Guild of Gold Lion Award".
2014 Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen win their fifth "Guild of Gold Lion Award".
2015

Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen win their sixth "Guild of Golden Lion Award.

Hawkins opens a purpose built central Parts Hub at St Stephen serving its dealerships, trade and retail customers with Peugeot, Citroen, Kia, Hyundai and Mitsubishi genuine parts across the county.

2016 New purpose built Accident Repair Centre opens in St Stephen. Hawkins Truck & Van centre launch a new website offering online Van sales. Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen win their seventh "Guild of Golden Lion Award".
2017 Hawkins Penryn expands with the opening of a new purpose built Peugeot showroom. Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen their eighth "Guild of Golden Lion Award". Hawkins Peugeot Penryn win their third "Guild of Gold Lion Award".
2018

Hawkins Motor Group celebrates its 85th Anniversary, its first ever sale was on Saturday 25th March 1933 and was a gallon of petrol for 1 shilling 7 ½.

Hawkins Peugeot win another 2 prestigious Peugeot "Guild of Gold Lion Awards" with Peugeot St Stephen its ninth in a row and Peugeot Penryn their fourth, bringing the Hawkins total to 13 in 8 years.

Hawkins design and manufacture their own bespoke two story exhibition unit that is the centre piece of their anniversary Royal Cornwall Show stand.

Hawkins opens its second Citroen dealership at St Stephen adjoining Peugeot.

Hawkins Hayle opens a third building, a purpose built Kia & Peugeot workshop and the Peugeot showroom is fully refurbished to the new Peugeot corporate identity.

2019

Hawkins St Stephens extends it showroom incorporating a new purpose built Citroen showroom.

Hawkins opens a second Mitsubishi dealership with St Stephen now joining Penryn.

Hawkins develop and produce the UK’s smallest van based on the Peugeot 108.

2020

Hawkins Celebrate 20 Years with Kia making it one of the longest running Kia Dealerships in the UK.

Hawkins Peugeot Hayle win their first Peugeot Gold Lion Award.

Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen are awarded their tenth consecutive Gold Lion Award (the first Dealership in the UK ever to achieve this) and win the top Peugeot Award - National Dealership of the year.

Hawkins expands its central Parts Hub operations with over 14,000 lines in stock and are now the officially appointed Vauxhall and Fiat parts distributors for Cornwall.

Hawkins are appointed with the MG franchise and open a new dealership at Hayle creating a supersite with three franchises in one location.

The Hawkins British Motorcycle and Memories Café

The Hawkins British Motorcycle Museum features a collection of over 40 classic and rare British motorcycles ranging from the early 1900’s to the late 1960’s. Many of the motorcycles in the museum were part exchanged in with us in the 1960’s and have since been lovingly restored, the latest addition a stunning 1938 Triumph Speed Twin was part exchanged as a box of parts in 2016 for a new Peugeot 2008 and restored by Les Willis who has lovingly brought many of the motorcycles back to their former glory. The Hawkins British Motorcycle Museum is located Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen, is open 6 days a week and entry is free.

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