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December 1977


The firm opened its doors for business on 4th December 1977.  Its founders were brothers Philip and Stephen Smith.  Both were born and bred in Sunderland and both attended Quarry View and Havelock Schools. 


Starting off with just three staff, the new business began its life selling quality used cars from a site in Villiers Street in Sunderland town centre – hence the name of the company.  Since 1977 Town Centre Automobiles has acquired an unbeatable reputation for quality and customer satisfaction. 



January 1985


Citroën rebrands from a blue and yellow logo to the new look red & white logo. 









Town Centre moved from Villiers Street to Roker where the business was based for the following 14 years.




May 1989


Citroën launches a new flagship model: the Xm. Designed by Bertone, this hatchback saloon is the world's first production car to feature a suspension system that combines the intelligence of electronics with the power and flexibility of hydraulics. Hydractive suspension is born.





February 1995


The new Citroën Saxo is presented to the press.





January 1996


The Citroën Berlingo makes its market debut. Although it's closer to a passenger car than an LCV for its styling and equipment, the Berlingo has a huge volume of 3m3 and a payload of 800kg.






Town Centre moved from Roker to the present site in Ferryboat Lane next to the A19.





February 2005


Production starts on the new Citroën C1, a compact car with attractive, fun styling, available in three-door and five-door versions.




September 2009


We celebrated Citroen’s 90th birthday in the dealership.





January 2010


Citroën DS3 reveal.  Almost one year after the presentation of DS Inside (Geneva 2009), Citroën reveals the DS3, launching the new DS line announced a year earlier. This new line of distinctive vehicles, with more radical design choices, expands the main range. 






Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland was founded in 1887.  In 2011 we chose to support the club and gave them the use of an award winning DS3 with both the Company’s logos on to show the partnership to the local community.  Ashbrooke host many events at the club, with any donations helping to keep them running: we have also helped to alleviate some of the costs involved in this.



January 2011


The launch of the Citroën DS4. This second vehicle in the DS line is a raised four-door coupé that combines performance and versatility for a new driving sensation.




September 2011


We have been working with Macmillan Cancer Support since 2011 with a sales promotion, donating £10 for every car they sell. Employee fundraising is also a big part of the partnership taking part in many fundraising events for Macmillan including zip slides, runs, Go Sober and our flagship event World's Biggest Coffee Morning. The funds they have raised so far means Macmillan can continue to retain and develop local services for people who are affected by cancer.



December 2011


At the end of 2011 TCC chose to adopt Grace House North East and in January 2012 we gave Grace House a car which was raffled at Christmas.  Founded by Cathy Secker, the task continues to equip and run the hospice.  The raffle of the Citroen C1 raised £17,090 will full proceeds going to the hospice.  We donated another C1 in 2013, which again was raffled raising thousands for this well-deserved cause.





In 2012, B&Q South Shields got involved with Children in Need and needed a vehicle to travel to the 45 schools they were visiting (in just 5 days!).  We volunteered one of our MPVs and arranged to have the graphics on the car so it was obvious that “Pudsey on Tour” was in the region.




January 2014


UK reveal of New C4 Cactus at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.  New C4 Cactus has made its first UK appearance at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Visually striking, it stands out from the crowd with its concept car looks, crossover styling cues and customisable options, including a range of colours for the all-new Airbump® panels.



June 2014


The DS Automobiles brand was created by PSA Peugeot Citroën on 1st June 2014.  Prior to this, the name DS had been used for a range of cars sold as Citroëns.



June 2016


UK Reveal of New C3.  Citroën unveiled a fresh, bold and colourful New C3. It has a trendy, stand out design and many unique features such as the Airbump® panels, Citroën Advanced Comfort® and ConnectedCAM Citroën™ to deliver new levels of unrivalled comfort and personality to the sector.




March 2017


Rebrand from TCC to Town Centre Automobiles



April 2017


Town Centre Automobiles expanded its services to become the only approved PEUGEOT Aftercare Sales Provider in Sunderland.  This brand new purpose built PEUGEOT facility was launched from Monday 10th April.



June 2017


Macmillan fundraising reach a fantastic £80,000.  We currently have the invaluable Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in Sunderland Royal Hospital, having a drop in centre to support cancer patients and their family and friends is vital to the local community. Not only can they access emotional support but they can gain financial support from our benefits advisors within the centre.



December 2017


Town Centre Automobiles will celebrate its 40th Anniversary.