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Constellation acquires CarNext to create Europe’s biggest used car marketplace

By Lauren Fruncillo October 18, 2021 - 11:44 am

Constellation Automotive Group have acquired CarNext in a partnership that will create Europe’s biggest used car marketplace, selling more than 2.5 million cars annually for a GMV (Gross Merchandise Value) of €21bn.

These marketplaces are supported by the most extensive and integrated data and technology infrastructure, car preparation, imaging, storage and transport network across Europe.

Already one of continental Europe’s leading B2C and B2B marketplaces, CarNext is expected to sell annualized volumes of 40,000 cars in 2021 via its B2C digital marketplace and 210,000 cars via its digital B2B auction platform. CarNext also benefits from a long-term supply agreement for 250,000 high-quality used cars annually from LeasePlan, one of the world’s largest car leasing companies, to sell through its B2C and B2B marketplaces. CarNext’s digital B2B auction platform operates in 22 countries across a network of buying partners. CarNext’s B2C marketplace is already present in seven of the largest markets across Europe.

The addition of CarNext expands Constellation Automotive Group’s vertically integrated C2B, B2B and B2C marketplace model across seven major European countries and allows the Group to reach unmatched scale, with current annualised volumes of over 100,000 cars traded through its B2C marketplace, 2 million cars through its B2B marketplace, and 600,000 through its C2B marketplace.

“I am delighted that CarNext is joining the Constellation Group. CarNext was one of the first companies in Europe to digitize the consumer used car buying experience and we are looking forward to combining the scale of our respective marketplaces to lead the digital transformation of the used car market across Europe. Data and technology excellence are central to Constellation’s ability to continue to innovate and CarNext’s proprietary data and extensive European transaction data will give Constellation an edge. The Constellation team and I are looking forward to welcoming CarNext to the Group as we move to the next phase of our growth in Europe.”
– Avril Palmer-Baunack, Executive Chairman, Constellation

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