DISCOVER WEARNES

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

Our Commitment

Established in 1906, Wearnes is a distributor and dealer of premium and luxury automotive marques in the region. Backed by a rich heritage, we make no compromise when it comes to investing in the latest technology and our human capital. These efforts earned us the accolade as the leading player in the luxury automotive sector of Southeast Asia.

Our distinguished clientele will relish in the ‘Wearnes Experience’ – a personal yet consummate level of service excellence that is befitting of the premium labels we represent.

Wearnes remains committed to fortifying strategic partnerships with international brands to present our customers with an extensive selection of products and services.

OUR HERITAGE

MILESTONES & HISTORY
1906 Apr 1
C.F.F. Wearne & Co. was founded

Australian brothers, Charlie Frederick Foster Wearne and Theodore James Benjamin Wearne, started the motor company and acquired the Oldsmobile agency

1909
Expanding business

CFF Wearne & Co secured the Rolls-Royce franchise.

1911
Ford franchise in Singapore

The Ford franchise was added to the portfolio.

1921
Inroads in Southeast Asia

Wearnes purchased Ford Motors (Burma) Limited in Rangoon, which held the Ford agency for the whole of Burma (now Myanmar). With this acquisition, Wearnes' automotive empire in Southeast Asia now stretched from Burma for well over 3,000km through to British North Borneo.

1921
Inroads in Southeast Asia

Wearnes purchased Ford Motors (Burma) Limited in Rangoon, which held the Ford agency for the whole of Burma (now Myanmar). With this acquisition, Wearnes' automotive empire in Southeast Asia now stretched from Burma for well over 3,000km through to British North Borneo.

1924
Formation of Malayan Motors

Subsidiary automotive companies were formed to handle the different agencies of Wearnes to avoid any conflict of interests. The first was Malayan Motors at 14-20 Orchard Road which handled all agencies except Ford, namely Armstrong-Siddley, Morris, Sunbeam, Packard, Rolls-Royce, Essex, Erksine and Standard.

1929
The dream of providing air transport

Charlie Wearne envisaged providing air service in Malaya and shipped in an Avro-Avian plane to be assembled by Malayan Motors' mechanics. The plane drew great interest when it was displayed at Malayan Motors' showroom.

1931
Bentley franchise

The Bentley franchise was added to the portfolio when Bentley became part of the Rolls-Royce group.

1937
Wearnes Air Services

Wearnes Air Services Ltd was inaugurated with two de Havilland 89 Dragon Rapide planes named 'Governor Raffles' and 'Governor Fullerton'. World War II ended the business just as it was about to turn profitable.

1950
Double-decker buses and other agencies

General Transport Company introduced three double-decker buses supplied by a Wearnes subsidiary, Federated Motors. Similar in trim and colour to those in London, the units were fitted with special extractor fans to cope with the local humid climate.

1966
Assembling motor cars

In association with the Motors Investments, Wearnes formed Associated Motor Industries Malaysia Sdn Bhd to assemble passenger cars in plants built in Batu Tiga, Selangor and in Singapore. Taking only 10 days to assemble and deliver per vehicle, the quality of Wearnes-assembled cars were said to be as good as imported ones.

1967
Motoring on

The Riley, Wolesley, Austin-Healey and Princess franchises were acquired.

1970
Jaguar franchise

The Jaguar franchise was acquired.

1974
Global recession & energy crisis

The onset of the oil crisis aggravated by higher taxation curtailed private car ownership. Associated Motor Industries (Private) Limited ceased its operations as the car assembly business in Singapore was no longer economically viable.

1980
The move to Leng Kee Road & responding to market trends

Automotive operations on Orchard Road were relocated following the Government's acquisition of the properties. Malayan Motors relocated to 45 Leng Kee Road.

1980s
Strategic focus

Wearnes sold off Associated Motor Industries Malaysia Sdn Bhd to Ford Motor Company and focussed on being an automotive retail dealer. After much deliberation, after an association for over 70 years, the Ford franchise was also eventually relinquished.

1989
Renewed robust growth

Wearnes began its regional expansion with the Jaguar franchise.

2000
Representing Volvo in Singapore

With the acquisition of SM Motors which was established in 1979, Wearnes attained the Volvo franchise.

2002
Representing Mazda in Thailand

Wearnes established a dealership to represent Mazda in Thailand.

2003
Regional expansion of Volvo franchise

The Volvo franchise was further expanded with dealerships in Malaysia (2003), Hong Kong (2004) and Thailand (2005).

2006
Centennial celebrations & further growth

Wearnes celebrated its centennial year and topped its achievements to-date by procuring the Bugatti sales agency for the Southeast Asia region and the Renault franchise in Singapore. Regional presence was boosted with a new Renault dealership in Hong Kong and a new Volkswagen dealership in Malaysia.

2010
Land Rover franchise in Singapore

The Land Rover franchise was successfully attained by Wearnes.

2010
Consolidation of Wearnes Automotive Pte. Ltd.

Wearnes rebranded all its various automotive companies and divisions under a single brand - Wearnes Automotive - with a new tagline "Passion Driven. Since 1906."

2011
McLaren franchise in Singapore

Wearnes triumphantly won the rights to represent McLaren.

2011
Infiniti franchise in Singapore

Wearnes was awarded the Infiniti franchise.

2011
Volvo operation commence in Changchun, China

Wearnes Automotive Changchun Co, Ltd (WACC) commences operations in December 2011.

2012
BMW dealership in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wearnes Autohaus Sdn Bhd commences BMW Sales & Aftersales operations in January 2012.

2013
BMW, Motorrad and MINI dealership operation commence in Tebrau, Johor

Wearnes Autohaus Sdn Bhd open 4S facility in Tebrau, Johor for BMW, Motorrad & Mini.

2014
Lamborghini dealer operation commence in Hanoi, Vietnam

CT-Wearnes opens Sales & Service facility for Lamborghini in Hanoi, Vietnam.

2014
Bentley dealer operation commence in Hanoi, Vietnam

CT-Wearnes opens Sales & Service facility for Bentley in Hanoi, Vietnam.

2014
Jaguar Land Rover new showroom commence in North Jakarta, Indonesia

Jaguar Land Rover new 3S operation opens in North Jakarta in Yos Sudarsono with 4,000 m3 of state-of-the-art Sales & Aftersales facilities which includes Exclusive Lounge, Café and new car gallery to display complete model range from JLR.

2014
StarChase acquires Wearnes Automotive

Wearnes Automotive is acquired by the StarChase group. Its core business activities comprise the sale and distribution of premium Automotive as well as Lifestyle products and services.

2015
Jaguar Land Rover officiates largest JLR showroom in ASEAN, located in South Jakarta Indonesia

Jaguar Land Rover new 4S operation opens in South Jakarta in Arteri Pondok Indah is largest in ASEAN. The 6 floors of Retail and Aftersales facilities covering 4,500 m3 include Aluminium Body Repair Facilities.

2015
Aston Martin new showroom commences in Singapore

Aston Martin Singapore operation opens at 45 Leng Kee Road, Singapore 159103. It is one of the largest integrated sales and aftersales facilities in Southeast Asia.

2016
Aston Martin new showroom commences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Wearnes Quest Sdn Bhd commences Aston Martin Sales and Aftersales operations in September 2016.

2017
Bentley Kuala Lumpur opens new showroom in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle.

Bentley Kuala Lumpur commences operations of its new showroom at Etiqa Twins, 11 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. The new flagship facility represents a contemporary interpretation of Bentley's rich 97-year history and is designed to be the ultimate source for information, guidance and exclusive access to the world of Bentley.

2018
Ducati new showroom commences in Singapore

Ducati Singapore commences Sales and Aftersales operations in July 2017.