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Group History




1977                 Roy Hartog, Ricky Hartog's father formed the Company, Southern Motor Holdings

1990                 Moved into a new building housing Land Rover, Jaguar and Subaru


1995                 Growth occurred in the 4x4 market.

Sandton Land Rover was opened in the heart of the Sandton developing CBD.


1997                 A separate facility for Jaguar opened in September 1997 due to Ford's involvement in Jaguar Cars and the growth in the leisure market.


1999                 The expansion of our own network occurred within the Sandton area.

Waterford Land Rover opened in February 1999.


2001                 Auto Glen Motors – the first BMW dealership was opened in the South of Johannesburg.


2003                 PAG Bedfordview was opened.

This is a multi-franchise operation, housing Land Rover, Jaguar and Volvo.


2003                 The first PAG approved panel shop was developed in Longmeadow.

Subaru approval was obtained and Ford and Mazda approval followed.


2003                 A separate Financial Services company was created to better focus on the F&I business within each dealership.

A Car Hire department with a fleet of over 40 cars was created


2008                 SMH Car Hire opens in Cape Town with 35 cars. This makes them the largest Land Rover fleet owner in Southern Africa.


2009                 New Subaru premises opened in Bryanston and is the first dealership that complies with the latest international corporate identity standards of the automotive division Of Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries.

                        SMH Car Hire opening new outlet in Bryanston