United Auto Group, the nation's second largest publicly traded dealership group, plans to expand its European operations this year.
Jens Werner, managing director of Stuttgart, Germany-based UAG International and son of former Mercedes-Benz boss Helmut Werner, would not reveal details.
United Auto Group entered Europe in 2002 with the $135 million purchase of the Sytner Group of the United Kingdom, which sold several luxury brands from 50 showrooms.
In 2003, United Auto Group started a joint venture with Toyota dealer Werner Nix in Frankfurt.
Last year, United Auto Group bought shares in BMW Reisacher in Memmingen, Germany.
In 2002, United Auto Group achieved sales of $7.4 billion.
The group was founded in 1990. It consists of nearly 140 U.S. car dealerships and 80 outside the United States.
United Auto Group sells 39 brands of vehicles.
United Auto supplies the aftermarket through its subsidiaries United Auto Care and United Auto Products.
Bettina John writes for Automobilwoche, a sister publication to Automotive News.