death of a great automobile figure

death of a great automobile figure
death of a great automobile figure

It should be remembered that Jean-Paul and his brother Patrick had acquired the Peugeot garage in Metz, subsequently developing it. Over the decades, the CAR Avenue group has become one of the largest distribution groups in France. Today, it is chaired by Jean-Paul’s son, Stéphane, while general management is ensured by Amaury de Bourmont. The group operates not only in France, but also in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Passionate, generous and enthusiastic

“A lion of the automobile industry has passed away »declares Xavier Horent, general delegate of Mobilians, on his Linkedin account. “Mobilians, along with the entire profession in all its diversity, pays tribute to Jean-Paul Bailly by associating itself with the pain of his family and the employees of a very large group. This ensemble was the family of Jean-Paul, an entrepreneur at heart and a man of roots with multiple commitments, from his region to Europe”. And to add: Generous, passionate, loyal, enthusiastic, close to everyone, he knew how to combine vision and pragmatism by combining the automobile at all times”.

In addition to its Bailly group, which became CAR Avenue and recognized nationally, as well as its establishment in the East of France, Jean-Paul Bailly also assumed important responsibilities within the CNPA and the GCAP, as well as in numerous other employer institutions and professional organizations. For more than 50 years, he dedicated his energy to serving others, inspiring many vocations that he loved to bring together.

“The Lion”, as auto professionals nicknamed him

“The Lion”, as many in the Automobile industry nicknamed him, passed away at the age of 84, leaving a great void for his children, Stéphane and Philippe, his grandchildren, his wife Béatrice and his brother Patrick with whom he managed the Bailly group before handing over the reins to Stéphane Bailly in 2009.

Involved in regional, national and European economic and social life, committed to prevention and health at work as well as rental housing, always close to his Collaborators, Jean-Paul Bailly will have left his mark on the Automotive Distribution profession for nearly 60 years.

It was in 1962 after the accidental death of his father André that he joined the Peugeot family dealership in Metz. His arrival marks a first phase of regional development for the group with the Peugeot brand in Moselle. The second phase initiated when his son Stéphane took over the business in 2007 propelled the group into a European dimension in less than 15 years with 130 concessions. Jean-Paul Bailly often recalled how proud he was of the transmission of the business to his son and of the developments achieved since then.

This European dimension has always been in the group’s DNA, like Jean-Paul Bailly’s involvement with European networks. Indeed, he was President of the European Automobile Trade and Repair Council from 2010 to 2016 and also founder and President of the European Association of Peugeot Dealers from 1987 to 2005. He was also President of the Europe Commission within the National Council of the Automotive Professions.

Promoter and defender of Automobile Distribution, he chaired the Groupement des Concessionnaires Français Automobiles Peugeot (GCAP) from 1983 to 1995 before becoming President of the Council of Wise Men.

His sense of solidarity was also marked by his attachment to social housing as well as prevention and health at work, areas in which he was involved for nearly 40 years. For his recognized experience and his involvement in economic and regional life, he will sit on the Regional Economic and Social Council of Lorraine from 2007 to 2014.

The writing ofAuto Info and the automotive division of Infopro Digital present their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jean-Paul Bailly.



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