Cazoo Group Ltd (NYSE: CZOO) (“Cazoo” or the “Company”), the UK’s leading online car retailer, which makes buying and selling a car as simple as ordering any other product online, has agreed to sell its German subscription business, Cluno GmbH, to ViveLaCar GmbH and The Platform Group GmbH & Co. KG. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the total portfolio includes several thousand cars in the German market.
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The disposal concludes Cazoo’s withdrawal from the German market as part of its strategy to focus exclusively on the UK market. The agreement includes 100% of the capital and voting rights of the company Cluno GmbH and the Cluno brand along with the associated assets. All employees of Cluno will transfer to ViveLaCar GmbH as part of the agreement.
Following this transaction, together with previously announced sales of other businesses and assets in Europe, the withdrawal of Cazoo from mainland Europe is now largely complete.
About Cazoo - www.cazoo.co.uk
Cazoo is the UK’s largest independent used car retailer. Our mission is to transform the car buying and selling experience across the UK by providing better selection, value, transparency, convenience and peace of mind. Our aim is to make buying or selling a car no different to ordering any other product online, where consumers can simply and seamlessly buy, sell or finance a car entirely online for delivery or collection in as little as 72 hours. Cazoo was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman OBE and is a publicly traded company (NYSE: CZOO).
About ViveLaCar – www.vivelacar.com
ViveLaCar GmbH is a mobility fintech company from Stuttgart/Germany and part of the Platform Group GmbH & Co. KG in Wiesbaden. ViveLaCar is changing the automotive business and creating added value for all stakeholders with innovative solutions. The focus is on significantly improving the added value of automobiles, conserving resources, and creating a perfect user experience for customers. VALOR®, the business application developed by ViveLaCar, maximizes revenues for dealers and offers customers the perfect car subscription. As a contract partner, ViveLaCar guarantees barrier-free, 100% digital processing, as well as the highest levels of customer service always. A few clicks is all it takes to access a wide range of the latest vehicles of many different brands and models on the platform www.ViveLaCar.com, for which subscriptions can be taken out. ViveLaCar is already available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is running white label car subscription platforms for BMW, MINI, Hyundai, Renault, and Mercedes Benz AG.
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