Groupe Argus

About Argus Group

Who are we?


Founded in 1927, Argus is a family and independent company and has been a privileged partner of the car business professionals, and is permeated by a culture of continuous evolution and innovation.

Our growth and diversification strategy has enabled us to develop a rich and varied product portfolio, intended for professionals, including car manufacturers, distributors, dealers, auction houses, etc. This range of unique services combines performance and simplicity, and is 100% dedicated to greater commercial and financial efficiency.

Today we offer a range of services structured around five strategic directions: Argus Information, Argus Valuation, Argus Solution, Argus Acquisition and Argus Consulting.

Because the world is changing and mutations are accelerating, we must support our clients in these major evolutions and assist them in achieving their own digital transformation.

Today's Argus is worth 250 involved and committed employees based in Paris, Nantes and Casanblanca (Morocco). See all event highlights of 2016 here:

Our History

1927

Creation

Iconic figure in press and sport, Paul Rousseau founded L’argus of automobiles and locomotions, a car newspaper published both for professionals and individuals. Ernest Loste, FIAT importer, finances the inception of the newspaper.

One number 1 l'argus /
1932

Argus Value

The value is internalised: the Argus Value® is created.

Argus Value
1963

Opinion

The democratisation of motor cars benefits L’argus. Faithful to the newspaper's foremost concern, Jacques Loste writes a number of engaged articles. At the same time, the value enriches and its calculation has been fine-tuning since 1963.

1985

Minitel

The advent of this medium gives the newspaper the opportunity of a first development. On the network, L’argus can provide improved services, such as the ad exchange and the Personalised Argus Value®.

1997

Internet

The arrival of the Internet changed the fate of the newspaper, under the leadership of Jacques Loste's daughter, Florence. L’argus launches its website, and then begins to extend its know-how towards new car activities.

2001

Group

Succeeding her grand-father and her mother, Alexandrine Breton Des Loÿs took over L’argus in 2001. Ever since, the press company has transformed into a diversified group, Argus Group, based in Paris and Nantes. The 2000s marked the deployment, intiated in the 1990s, of the automotive expertise earned by the company.

2001

Professional website

Launch of the professional website and the first used car special edition: pro.largus.fr

2002

Acquisition of Planet VO

Acquisition of Planet VO®, used car business management for car dealers.

Planet VO Argus
2009

Acquisition of Mixad

Acquisition of Mixad, specialised in UV ads management and performance measurement tools.

2010

Acquisition of Cardiff

The Group acquires Cardiff that specialises in used car management tools intended for independant dealers and traders, and ties a partnership with Neowebcar, specialised in new vehicle destocking and addressing car distributors.

Cardiff VO
Neowebcar
2011

Acquisition of Autorecrute

Acquisition of Autorecrute, the number one job website for the automotive industry to advertise offers, look for CVs and obtain recruitment consultancy.

Autorecrute
2012

Argus innovation

Argus creates Argus Innovation, wholly-owned subsidiary that invests in innovative start-ups, potential growth drivers for the Group.

2014

The digital era

The acquisition of Go Between Conseil and of Digital Dealer allows Argus to implement a comprehensive digital and consulting strategy.

Go Between Conseil
2014

International development

Argus opens a subsidiary in Morocco and exports the Argus Value®.

La cote Argus Maroc
2015

Digitalisation

jdklog

Acquisition of JDKLog and development of activities for long-term vehicle leasing companies.

jdklog

Neowebcar, leader in new car classified ads, becomes a fully-owned subsidiary. The Group founds the Digital Dealer Factory, a new entity specialised in the development of websites.