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Ferris keeps on driving forward with Skoda

Mervyn Stewart Skoda brand ambassador Stephen Ferris, pictured left, with Mervyn Stewart Skoda managing director Stephen Stewart

ULSTER, Ireland and British and Irish Lions hero Stephen Ferris, whose career was so cruelly dashed by injury, has a new outlet for his 'driving' after being named as brand ambassador for Mervyn Stewart Skoda.

His first engagement for the Belfast dealer was a breakfast Q&A session, giving guests and customers his insights on rugby.

Mervyn Stewart is a well-known family-run business, which has operated in Belfast for more than 50 years.

Managing director Stephen Stewart said Ferris had been a long-term supporter of the Skoda brand.

"On the pitch Stephen had amazing energy, strength and total commitment to excellence and that makes him a great fit for our team," said Mr Stewart.

"Injury may have forced an early retirement from the pitch but Stephen's career continues to thrive, establishing himself as a straight-talking, no-nonsense pundit in the commentary box.

"Stephen's workload is never-ending - the Six Nations is around the corner - but he always makes time to pop into the showroom for a browse and a chat with our staff."

Ferris said he had owned several Skodas already.

"I love my cars, so when I heard I'll get to try out the exciting new range as it comes in I signed up straight away," he said.

"A modern design, reliable, safe, efficient and competitively priced - that's what I look for in a car.

"I've always had a great relationship with Mervyn Stewart Skoda and never thought twice about changing from what I like and trust.

"During my playing career I didn't accept being second best so I would not associate myself with a brand that I didn't believe in."

And for the record, Ferris has recently swapped his Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI vRS for a new Superb 2.0 SEL Executive…

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