Meet the team

Manawatu Škoda is a part of the Robertson Motor Group with a strong history in Palmerston North and the greater Manawatu area. Manawatu Škoda is totally committed to the Manawatu region, its people, and their motoring needs. Our experienced team strives to provide superior service and quality to our customers, ensuring the buying and ownership experience exceeds their expectations.

Our Team

Sales & Admin

Ross Thurston

Ross Thurston

Dealer Principal

P: 06 356 1814
M: 027 448 8288
​e: ross@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson

Škoda Sales Specialist

P: 063561814
M: 0274488278
e: simon@manawatuskoda.co.nz

(2018 Škoda sales specialist of the year first runner up)

Ryan Jansen

Ryan Jansen

Finance Manager

P: 063561814
M: 021364487
e: ryan@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Mark Davenport

Mark Davenport

Vehicle Sales

P: 06 356 1814
M: 027 244 5824
​​e: mark@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Kay McDonnell

Kay McDonnell

Office Manager

P: 06 356 1814
e: kay@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Parts & Service

Jason Wright

Jason Wright

Service Manager

P: 06 356 1814
e: jason@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Brooke Wright

Brooke Wright

Service Advisor

P: 06 356 1814
e: service@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Richard Rumbal

Richard Rumbal

Parts Interpreter

P: 06 356 1814
e: parts@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Rodney Hickey

Rodney Hickey

Technician

DISCOVER THE WORLD OF MANAWATU ŠKODA

Welcome to our corner of the world here in the mighty Manawatu.  This is a really unique ŠKODA dealership because it’s the lastest and newest ŠKODA dealership in the country.  Our sales team comes with rich experience of over 20 years experience in the motor industry. 

 

Since 1894

Founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement set up their business in the city Jungbunzlau, Bohemia, present-day Mladá Boleslav.

It all began in 1894, when Václav Klement, a bookseller by trade, saw reason to complain about shoddy workmanship with his new bicycle. The fairly rude response of the producer prompted Klement to repair bicycles himself, teaming up with cycle mechanic Václav Laurin, in December 1895. In the first years, Laurin & Klement built and repaired bicycles under the Slavia brand name.

Four years later they started to build bicycles with an auxiliary engine, the so-called Motocyclette. These motorcycles soon became very popular and won several awards in racing competitions.

 It was in the year 1905 when the company presented its first automobile, called “Voiturette A”. The success of the first car provided a stable position in the rapidly growing international car market. In 1925, fusion with the Škodaworks Pilsen was accomplished, marking the end of the Laurin & Klement Company.

Since then the company has lived an eventful history which, after the political and economical changes of the times, led to the integration into the Volkswagen Group in 1991.

Today, ŠKODA is one of the most successful automobile brands, offering nine model lines and having established a presence in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Visit Us

329 Rangitikei Street
Palmerston North

Get In Touch

0800 356 1814 / (06) 356 1814

Location

329 Rangitikei Street
Palmerston North
​PO BOX 4148

Email

simon@manawatuskoda.co.nz

Showroom Hours

Mon – Fri: 8.00am – 5.30pm
Sat: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Vehicle Sales Only
Sun: Closed

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