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Clelands of the Border has officially opened its Scandinavian-inspired retail centre just in time for the exclusive launch of the Volvo XC40.

  • Clelands of the Borders impressive Volvo Retail Experience showroom is now officially
  • The Galashiels-based Volvo Retailer has had the biggest investment ever made by an automotive brand in the Scottish borders
  • 6500 sq. ft. Scandinavian-inspired showroom has an eight-car capacity inside
  • The Volvo Retailer has just been named as one of Volvo’s top performers in 2017

Family run, Galashiels-based Volvo Retailer, Clelands of the Borders has opened its doors to its brand new state-of-the-art showroom. The business that has been around for over 100 years and a Volvo Retailer since 1989 was completely knocked down and rebuilt from the ground up. The 12-month project has been completed in perfect time to welcome the brand-new Volvo XC40 on the 22nd February.

Cleland of the Borders has just been announced as Regional Retailer of the year, this is awarded to the retailers that excel on many fronts, including new and used car sales and customer satisfaction.

During the redevelopment, the 10,500-sq. ft. site has increased the retailer’s capacity to display seven cars in the showroom, including the Volvo XC40 that has already been crowned What Car? Car of the Year. The new small premium SUV will be unveiled in the new showroom on the 22nd February for an exclusive launch event where one guest in the UK will win a new model on the night in a nationwide prize draw.

Around 180 people are due to walk through the doors of the new showroom, where one guest will win a high-end Harman Kardon home music system. Harmon Kardon’s advanced audio lab provides premium sound inside Volvo’s vehicles enabling high quality music streaming on the move.
Inside the new retail centre, the Selekt used car display has also been given a total makeover to the latest Volvo Global standards enabling a display of 60 cars around a glass sales kiosk.

An 8-car workshop has been kitted out with the latest in ground vehicle lifts including a fast-fit tyre bay, full four-wheel alignment bay along with a new MOT and brake test bay. Staff at the new showroom are welcoming motorists to book in for services, MOTs and all other expert care that their Volvos may require.

Designed to make customers feel relaxed and at ease in an environment that informs and provides flexible waiting, working and assessment areas, the new layout is inspired for Scandinavian architecture which is apparent both inside and out.

Not everything is brand new at the retailer. All the staff are the same, familiar well-known faces that have helped Clelands earn their enviable reputation for great customer service and customer loyalty. The team will also be joined by some new recruits as the business continues to grow, each recruited to give customers the very best service they expect to receive.

“Having built Clelands original building in 1989 on a 2-acre site I always thought it was a nice wee facility, but now that we have gone fully VRE spec I am delighted with the stunning result which now makes Clelands without doubt the best Car Dealership in the Scottish Borders and one of the best small Dealerships in the UK.” Said owner John Cleland.

“We have partnered Volvo for almost 30 years and have supported the brand at each stage of its development. This latest incarnation of the brands is the most exciting and reflects Volvo’s wider commitment to providing the very best service for its customers which we are proud to endorse.”

The new Volvo design includes a brand-new workshop environment, incorporating while you wait servicing and MOTs, all carried out in one of seven state-of-the-art workshop bay by teams of Personal Service Technicians (PST) working on cars as pairs rather than individually. This allows for work to be carried out twice as fast, nearly halving customer wait times. This is part of Volvo’s ‘Personal Service’, which streamlines aftersales functions to improve workshop efficiency while delivering a much more personal service to customers via dedicated service technicians.

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The new Volvo XC40 will have it's national launch on Thursday 22nd February 2018. To book your space please contact Ellie Carlin at

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Borders Young Drivers from Drivewise Borders on Vimeo.

Drivewise, which helps improve driving skills in the young as well as the not so young is being overseen by all three blue light services, former British Touring Car champion John Cleland, IAM Roadsmart, Scottish Borders Council and several local businesses, has three distinct schemes.

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The work has now started on our New Volvo facility which will be complete by Oct 2017 and will transform the inside as well as the exterior of our current building.

The Selekt used car display will also be given a total make over to the latest Volvo Global standards where we will be able to display 50 cars around a glass sales kiosk.

All fixtures and fittings and all workshop equipment will be renewed right down to the telephone system when we come back into our building later this year.

We will post regular videos and pictures of the work as it progresses.

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A GREAT SUCCESS - The Young Driver Day at Clelands

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Picture: Gordon Sheddon (2012 BTCC Champion) with John Cleland (1989 & 1995 BTCC Champion) at the Young Driver Day Event.

Former racing champion John Cleland has given young drivers the chance to train with IAM.

Following a re-launch of the Young Driver Support Programme, ten drivers have been given the opportunity to train with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

An open day to promote the re-launch was held on 27 January at Clelands Volvo, headed by John Cleland who is the founder of the programme. The full event was hosted by John Cleland, who was supported by 2012 British Touring Car Champion, Gordon Sheddon, the IAM Borders group and local IAM members.

Here, young drivers and their parents were given the opportunity to go on a demonstration drive with an IAM observer, after which they were provided with a full assessment of their driving by both their observer and black box technology.

The re-launch of the programme was a great success, with more than 120 people attending the event. Following this, ten young drivers have signed up to the scheme to train for their full Skill for Life with the IAM.

Under the Young Driver Support Programme, those who have now signed up to begin their training will be reimbursed by John Cleland for the full fee of £139.

Following the success of this scheme, dedicated to improving the driving standards of young people in the local community, John Cleland is committed to expanding the programme to other areas of Scotland.

John Cleland said: “If we have the opportunity to cut road deaths, cut government costs due to road accidents and make youngsters safer and more confident drivers for just £139-a-head, to me it’s a no-brainer.”

John Cleland, along with the IAM team, are incredibly grateful to all those involved who made this day possible with a special thank you to everyone who attended this noteworthy event.

For more information on the IAM Young Driver Support Programme please visit the IAM website.

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Clelands Flight Refund Promise

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Clelands are confident that you will be pleased with the wide selection of outstanding Volvos we have available for you on our forecourt.

If you are interested in any of our vehicles but not local to the Scottish Borders, Clelands provide the perfect opportunity for you to visit our dealership and find the perfect Volvo for you!

If you purchase a New or Used car from us we will refund your airline ticket in full.

For further information about our Flight Refund Promise or to discuss our offers please call Ian or David on 01896 757575.

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John Cleland - The Racing Driver

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John Cleland is a former Scottish racing driver. He has competed in many disciplines of Motor Sport and has been a very successful professional International Racing driver for 18 years. He was twice British Touring Car Champion (1989 and 1995) and raced all over the world. He still races Classic Cars today and is a co-commentator alongside Martin Haven on the English world feed of the World Touring Car Championship which is used by Eurosport.


John Cleland raced autocross and hillclimb in the 1970s, before achieving success in British Production Car and Thundersaloon championships, before joining Vauxhall for the 1989 British Touring Car Championship. John adapted quickly and won the title at his first attempt, in the days when the championship consisted of four separate classes, each in their own races but scoring points for the same title and won 11 of his 13 races in class C for 1.5l cars. The 2-litre Cavalier was introduced the next year, in readiness for the single 2-litre format in 1991. John finished 2nd in class in 1990 and 5th overall. The following year he won three races and finished second in the championship to Will Hoy, taking Vauxhall's first ever overall BTCC win.

In 1992 John battled with Hoy and Tim Harvey for the title, but was denied at the last round by a controversial collision with Steve Soper, the teammate of eventual champion Harvey. In 1993 and 1994 the championship was dominated by BMW and Alfa Romeo respectively, and John had to make do with fourth overall in both years. 1995 proved to be the breakthrough year for the Cavalier, ironically in its last year of competition. Despite the Volvo 850 and Renault Laguna often having the edge in speed, in the hands of Rickard Rydell and Alain Menu respectively, Cleland's consistent run of points finishes allied to a four-race winning streak in the mid-season allowed him to beat both drivers to the title.

In 1998 John took two victories, both at Donington Park - a traditional happy hunting ground for the Scotsman - before a heavy crash at Snetterton interrupted his season. In 1999 he finished his last race at Silverstone.

His sons Niki and Jamie have also competed at National level in both Rallying (Ford Ka and Subaru Impreza) and Racing (Mini and Renault Clio) where both have been successful in their own right. Cleland Motorsport is still an integral part of the day to day business, modifying customer cars to enhance performance and handling as well as preparing competition cars for customers.

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Clelands Young Driver Initiative

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John Cleland has been working with the Borders Group of Advanced Motorists - the Road Safety Charity - since 2010 to enable young drivers from the Borders to improve their driving skills and better equip themselves for the roads.

The support from Clelands provides the opportunity for young drivers to team up with the Borders Group of Advanced Motorists, who will coach them towards their advanced driving test. Click here for BBC News Scotland report

Despite a successful background in motor sport John Cleland is keen to stress the importance of young drivers developing their skills with the emphasis on responsibility, which goes naturally with the Institute of Advanced Motorists key message that skill with responsibility is a skill for life.

The initiative is open to any driver under 26 years of age who is normally resident in the Borders, who has held a full UK driving licence for at least 3 months and has no driving related court proceedings pending.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists "Skill for Life" package is refunded after passing the Advanced Driving Test at the end of the process. The pass rate so far has been 100%

If you would like further information about this initiative please visit Borders IAM

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Clelands of the Borders is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Clelands of the Borders to act as a credit broker, not as lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.