The General Managers at each of our dealerships are vital cogs in the Mercedes-Benz South West machine. We spent some time with Peter Kingwell, General Manager for Mercedes-Benz of Truro, to get to know him a little better.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I am married to Jayne and I have four children, three girls and one boy. I was born in Devon, and have lived in Paignton for most of my life. I enjoy running, cycling and swimming, plus we have a large garden, which keeps me busy.
How long have you been working at Mercedes-Benz South West? A little over three years – I joined in May 2016.
Where are you from? Paignton.
Favourite Mercedes-Benz model? 1955 300SL Gullwing. The latest CLS 400 is a superb car to drive.
Most memorable day at work you’ve ever had? There are too many to mention!
Favourite part of the job? For me, staff and customer satisfaction, continually developing the business and seeing the results.
Do you have any pets? We have two blue cross rescue cats called Malcolm and Bella. My wife and children are lobbying me to agree to have a dog as well.
Have you always been in the motor trade? Yes, for 35 years. I left school at 16 and started a technician apprenticeship with a Vauxhall dealership.
Best holiday you’ve ever been on? A Sandals resort in Granada, Caribbean, for our honeymoon in 2017.
Favourite place to visit in the South West? I like Fairy Cove, Paignton (the local’s beach), Perranporth and Dartmoor.
Favourite TV Show to binge watch? The Apprentice.
Favourite Band/Artist? 1980’s new romantics, so Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode, ABC, to name a few.
How many attempts did it take you to pass your driving test? Just one!
What radio station are you listening to when you drive? An eclectic mix of Radio 2, Absolute 80’s, Greatest Hits Radio and Kiss / Kisstory.
Tipple of choice? Hunts Devon Cider.
What would be your karaoke song? It would only be Carpool Karaoke, not on stage, Spandau Ballet GOLD!
First concert you ever went to? Chaka Khan at the Cornwall Coliseum.
If the world ends tomorrow, what would you choose as your last meal? If the world ends tomorrow, I’d find something far more exciting than to sitting around eating!
What are you most looking forward to this year? A great financial result for Truro. The first six months have been very good this year.
Finally… Jam then cream, or cream then jam? Obviously cream first, the cream simply replaces the butter doesn’t it?