The Townshend family has been a trusted name within the Hawke’s Bay Motor Industry for over 55 years. Charlie Townshend (Rob’s Father) worked in and operated businesses within the industry for many years, until his sudden passing in 1987. In 1985 and at the age of 19, Rob Townshend, following in the footsteps of his father, starting his own journey into Motor Vehicle Sales when he joined the team at Townshend Motors. Over the next five years Rob showed himself to be a natural salesman and gained valuable knowledge of the motor industry.
In June 1990, three years after his father’s passing and at only 25 years of age Rob picked up the reins when he established Bayswater Vehicles, which during the 1990’s was a small Dealership on Carlyle Street in Napier, selling the Subaru and Hyundai Brands. Proving wrong the many cynics (due to his young age and lack of management experience at this level), nearly 30 years on and Bayswater Vehicles has gone from strength to strength. With the growth of our Franchised Brands, Vehicle Parts and Servicing Departments along with the ever increasing and valued customers (Bayswater Family), now not only does Bayswater Vehicles occupy the original site but the site has seen great expansion and development.
In addition to this the Bayswater Vehicle Group now has a further five Dealerships, two neighbouring the original site in Carlyle Street, branches in Stortford Lodge and Karamu Road North in Hastings as well as Manawatu BMW in Palmerston North. The Group has also expanded its business to include not only the Hyundai and Subaru Brands but also Isuzu, Suzuki, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and BMW.
Rob, along with co-Directors Dot Townshend and Mel Chan are extremely proud of the continued growth and success of the Bayswater Vehicle Group. They have put together an extremely talented and dedicated team of professionals who all work tirelessly to ensure the ongoing success of the Bayswater Vehicle Group.
With some exciting plans underway, including a freshen up and facelift for Manawatu BMW and Carlyle Street in Napier is set to have a fresh new look in the coming years as Bayswater enters a three-stage redevelopment and expansion. All we can say is watch this space!