Benfield Motor Group is building a £5m Ford dealership in Sunderland.
The dealership is due for completion by January 2013. Benfield already has five Ford dealerships throughout Yorkshire.
The company hit the acquisition trail in 2011 with the purchase of Colebrook and Burgess’ four Audi sites.
Benfield chief executive Mark Squires said: “We are delighted to announce this significant development and expansion of our Ford territory.”
The proposed £5 million development will include a 14-car showroom.
The dealership increases Benfield’s dealership network to 33 across the North East of England, Teesside, Yorkshire, Cumbria and South West Scotland.
Benfield now represents Nissan, Audi, Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo, Toyota, Honda, Lexus, Hyundai, Skoda, Kia, Ford and Renault.