NORTH Devon’s award-winning Mitsubishi dealership Devonshire Motors has struck up a partnership with wildlife television presenter Johnny Kingdom.

The dealership, in Braunton Road, Barnstaple, is sponsoring the film-maker, who drives a rugged and reliable Mitsubishi Shogun complete with a camouflage finish, as he travels around his beloved Exmoor for his TV work.

Johnny, who has worked in television for more than 20 years, including on the BBC and most recently on Johnny Kingdom’s Wild Exmoor on ITV earlier this year, said: ‘I’ve been coming to Devonshire Motors for years so it’s great to have this partnership. Hopefully I can help them and they can help me.

‘This is my eighth Mitsubishi and the Shogun is just the right vehicle for me. It’s a proper, serious 4×4 that can go anywhere, which is what I need for some of the tough driving I do.’

Johnny will also use the vehicle for safaris, which he regularly hosts around Exmoor, and on journeys to the likes of the North Devon Show and Devon County Show.

‘I do a lot of driving,’ Johnny said. ‘I’m always busy, whether it’s for television, doing the safaris or going into schools to give wildlife talks.’

Peter Starbuck, one of three senior members of the sales team at the dealership, which has been with Mitsubishi for 25 years, said: ‘Johnny has been a loyal customer of ours for a long time so we are delighted to sponsor him. He is well known for his TV work and he’s a popular character locally whom everybody recognises, and they certainly won’t miss him driving around in his new vehicle.’

Earlier this year, Devonshire Motors was named Mitsubishi Dealer of the Year at the car brand’s annual conference for UK dealers. The award was the latest recognition of the dealership’s great work. In 2013, Nathan Tomlinson was named Dealer Principal of the Year by two leading trade magazines: Motor Trader and Car Dealer.

For more information about the Mitsubishi brand or to book a test drive or service, call Devonshire Motors now on 01271 342600 or visit the showroom in Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LQ.