December 22, 2015 — Lithia Motors announced its sixth acquisition of 2015 yesterday — the Barton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Alfa Romeo Fiat dealership in Spokane, WA.
The purchase adds to Lithia’s presence in Spokane where it already owns stores selling the BMW, Chevrolet Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and Subaru brands. Lithia expects the purchase to add approximately $50 million in annual revenue next year.
The Barton name in automotive dates back to 1926 when Ray Barton started selling Chevrolets and Oldsmobiles. The business lost the Oldsmobile franchise about 15 years ago when General Motors shuttered the brand. It also lost its Saturn franchise in 2009, when efforts to resurrect the brand failed. Barton’s grandson, Jeff Barton began adding the Fiat Chrysler Automobile brands in 2011.
The acquisition is the 51st made by the publicly traded dealer groups this year.