Cazoo acquires Cluno, Germany’s leading car subscription service as it expands into Europe

by | February 23, 2021

Munich/LondonCazoo, the UK’s leading online car retailer, which makes getting your next car as simple and seamless as buying any other product online, has today announced that it has acquired Cluno, Germany’s leading consumer car subscription platform, for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2017 and funded by Bessemer, CommerzVentures and Acton Capital, Cluno has grown to a team of over 100 based in Munich. Cluno offers a flexible and hassle-free alternative to car ownership, offering a choice of up to 100 makes and models, with a single monthly subscription fee which includes the car, maintenance, service, warranty, tax and insurance.

The deal combines Cazoo’s platform and funding with Cluno’s expertise and automotive relationships and, once integrated, will enable Cazoo to launch its full proposition in Germany and across Europe giving customers the option of purchasing, financing or subscribing to thousands of cars on its platform.

Having recently acquired Drover, the UK’s leading car subscription business, this deal cements Cazoo’s position as the leading player in the fast-growing Cars-as-a-Service (CaaS) market in Europe with thousands of active subscribers across the UK, Germany and France.

Cazoo, already one of the fastest growing businesses in Europe, plans to launch its UK subscription service in the coming months and Cluno will now form the launchpad of Cazoo’s international expansion plans as part of its mission to transform the car buying experience in the UK and Europe.

Cazoo owns and fully reconditions all its cars before offering them on its website. Cazoo has thousands of cars available at any time for either delivery or collection in as little as 72 hours. Every Cazoo car comes with a full 7-day money back guarantee and a comprehensive 90-day warranty.

Cazoo is pioneering the shift to online car buying and, since its launch just over one year ago, has already delivered almost 20,000 cars to consumers across the UK who have embraced the selection, transparency and convenience of buying high quality used cars entirely online.

Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO of Cazoo said: “Cluno has built a market-leading offering in the car subscription market in Germany with thousands of loyal customers and we are delighted to welcome Nico and his team to the Cazoo family.”

“We will be launching the full Cazoo proposition in Europe later this year from our new European headquarters in Munich and we look forward to offering customers the option of purchasing, financing or subscribing to thousands of Cazoo cars.”

Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO of Cazoo

Nico Polleti, Founder & CEO of Cluno said: “I am very proud of what we have created at Cluno in terms of both the customer experience and the team. The vision and strategy that Alex and his team have for developing the Cazoo brand and platform is totally aligned with ours and we are looking forward to joining forces and accelerating the digital transformation of the car buying experience across Europe.”

Numis Securities Limited acted as Sole Financial Adviser to Cazoo in this transaction.

Über Acton Capital Partners

Acton Capital Partners ist ein internationaler Wachstumsinvestor mit Sitz in München. Seit 1999 investiert das Acton-Team erfolgreich in digitale Pioniere in Europa und Nordamerika.

Investmentfokus liegt dabei auf skalierbaren Geschäftsmodellen aus den Bereichen Future of Work, Digitale Marktplätze und Plattformen, Ecommerce, FinTech sowie Software-as-a-Service.

Acton Team Editor

About Acton Capital
Acton Capital is a leading growth venture capital investor based in Munich. Since 1999, the Acton team has been investing in technology-based startups in fields such as marketplaces, SaaS, fintech, consumer brands or services with a regional focus on Europe and North America. With over two decades of investment experience and a deep understanding of digital business models, the team has invested more than 600 million EUR across five fund generations in over 80 companies, including market leaders such as Abebooks, AlphaSights, Clio, Etsy, HomeToGo, Mambu, Momox, Mytheresa or Sofatutor.


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