Renault, the leading importer in Germany, has changed the legal framework for some of its company-owned dealerships in the country.
After about 30 years of operation, its four sales points in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich have been removed from importer Deutsche Renault AG and transformed into separate limited-liability companies, designated as GmbH.
Werner Roeser, spokesman for Deutsche Renault, said the change would help streamline the business and encourage entrepreneurial action and flexibility at the four dealerships. Three other Renault-owned dealerships are already limited-liability companies, but they were founded in this form in the early 1990s. They are in Bremen, Berlin and St. Augustin, near Bonn.
Renault held a 6.4 percent market share in Germany in the first nine months of this year - more than BMW and close to Audi's 6.3 percent. Renault expects to sell 250,000 cars this year, rising to 275,000 next year.