Bristo’s expands as Skoda range keeps growing

A major redevelopment of Bristo’s in Ipswich has given it one of the biggest Skoda showrooms in the UK.

The Woodbridge Road retailer has opened a new purpose-built Renault and Dacia showroom nearby on its former used car site in a move that has seen the original showroom rebrand purely for the increasingly-popular and expanding Czech brand.

Bristo’s managing director Ian Head said that the comfortable and modern showroom could hold up to 10 Skoda models which made it one of the brand’s largest in the UK.

“We have now got a dedicated Skoda facility where we have the opportunity to display models from all the product range under one roof,” he explained.

The redevelopment also means that the large forecourt can now display an even bigger selection of used Skodas while the Skoda service reception is inside the showroom.

“We have had a very busy time with Skoda this year, and all the new models that are coming out, hence the reason we have expanded and improved our facilities to grow with the franchise.”

Over the past 12 months Skoda has launched the new Rapid hatchback and next-generation Octavia hatch and estate as well as giving the flagship Superb line-up a makeover. It has now grown to a seven-model line-up which also includes the Citigo city car, Fabia supermini and compact estate, Roomster multi-purpose vehicle and Yeti crossover.

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The redevelopment is a big investment in the future for Bristo’s and confirms its faith in its brands.

“It is not just bricks and mortar,” said Mr Head. “It is the people as well and we now have dedicated sales staff and specialists in the Skoda brand.

“You can see the difference already with the specialists in the different brands and it is good for all of them.

“Skoda customers can feel very comfortable walking into a special dedicated Skoda showroom,” he added.

For more information about the Skoda range visit Bristo’s Skoda in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, telephone 08433 201843, email or visit the website at