In 1910, Sean McCarthy’s grandfather, Justin McCarthy joined Rodway as an accounting clerk. In his quest for success, Justin worked his way up to becoming the General Manager and went on to list McCarthy Rodway on the London Stock Exchange in 1936.
In the early 60’s, Justin McCarthy was succeeded by his son, Brian McCarthy, Sean McCarthy’s father. His tenure saw enormous growth in the motor industry with the McCarthy name becoming the most trusted name in South African motoring and the biggest motor retailer in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 2003, Sean McCarthy broke away from McCarthy Retail Limited with the intent to create his own dealership group and so the SMG story began.
The Sean McCarthy Group (SMG) has a network of 15 branches, representing BMW, MINI, Jaguar, Land Rover and Toyota, and three Approved Repair Centres situated across KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
SMG has grown significantly since 2003, with the initiative and drive from Sean McCarthy, as well as the long-standing history of the McCarthy family name stretching over 100 years in South African motor retail.