The Donalds Garage Group grew after Peter Hamblin acquired two further dealerships in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds in 2004. In 2020 Donalds Group will have been working with the Mazda franchise for over 40 years and are very proud to be one of the longest-serving dealership groups in their network, currently totalling 3 Mazda dealerships.
The Volvo franchise was added alongside Mazda at the Ipswich site on West End Road in 2009 and the two franchises soon outgrew their premises. In November 2016 Sam Hamblin took the opportunity to buy some land in the new Futura Park development in the town and the Donalds team went on to develop and open two state-of-the-art flagship showrooms, which opened in the summer of 2018.
Donalds Volvo has thrice been named Volvo Regional Dealer of the year and in 2020 Donalds Ipswich beat off nationwide competition to be named ‘Mazda Dealer of the Year’ after finishing 1st in the dealer league – marking the Ipswich branch as the best performing Mazda dealership in the country.