Hardeeville-based New River Auto Mall has partnered with a former Florida car dealer to start First Team Automotive Group.
The group will run New River Auto Mall's current dealerships, including Hyundai, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Infiniti, Porsche, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar, Land Rover, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram in Hardeeville and Jaguar-Land Rover in Columbia.
First Team Automotive Group plans to buy other dealerships in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, according to a news release.
David Maus will be chief operating officer of the new group. He owned four dealerships in central Florida, the release said.
New River president Warner Peacock will serve as chairman of the new group.