Carlock Automotive Group acquires 3 Nashville-area dealerships


Carlock Automotive Group more than doubled its Tennessee properties when it announced the acquisition of three Nashville-area dealerships from Hallmark Automotive.

The acquisition includes Volkswagen North Nashville in Madison, Volkswagen Cool Springs in Franklin, and Mitsubishi in Madison. 

Owner Clay Carlock said these dealerships are a step toward future goals of expansion in Tennessee.

The Aston Martin showroom at Carlock Automotive Group’s Motorcars of Brentwood location in Brentwood, Tennessee. (Photo: Courtesy of Carlock Automotive Group)

Carlock was drawn to Volkswagen partially because of the company’s already strong connection to the state — Volkswagen has manufactured in Tennessee since 2011.

“It’s a great brand for Tennessee,” Carlock said, adding that he thinks it is one of the fastest growing brands in the country. “We think it will be a wonderful fit for Nashville, with all of its diversity, because that’s kind of what Volkswagen’s brand is.”

With Volkswagen’s recent growth toward electric vehicles, Carlock said the brand has potential to expand its United States presence even more. Volkswagen is currently the largest car company in the world, with Toyota coming in second.

He is also optimistic about Mitsubishi’s value in the Tennessee market, given that the company moved its North American headquarters to Franklin in 2019.

Carlock Automotive Group opened its first dealership, Carlock Nissan, in Jackson in 1998. It opened Carlock Motorcars of Brentwood in 2014, servicing and selling Bentley, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Lotus and Alfa Romeo.

The group was founded in 1967 in Blytheville, Arkansas and currently has 11 dealerships across Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and more.

Carlock said he is “eager to carry on the Hallmark Automotive legacy” at the new locations.

“They’ve had it for over 30 years, and we want to make sure we keep all of their customers and then add a complete new list of clientele, and hope they all can help support job growth,” Carlock said.

Reach Cassandra Stephenson at [email protected] or at (731) 694-7261. Follow Cassandra on Twitter at @CStephenson731.

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