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Total

Total
Total
Removed:2016 (mostly in 2012)
Predecessors:Elf, Fina
Successors:Esso, Shell, BP, Gulf
Website:
www.total.co.uk

Petrol brand of the large French group TotalSA. Once a fuel major in the UK, Total previously traded with all three historic brands (Total, Elf & Fina) but combined to form only Total branded forecourts in the UK. In 2012, Rontec bought 250 of Total's sites and the rest were sold off to other companies, while the distribution network was sold to Gulf. Most of the forecourts that were sold off are now operated using the Shell fuel brand.

TCS

TCS was the corporate title used by Total's corporate fuel forecourts, generally on the A-road network. Although, unlike BP and 'BP Connect', the title not used to the general public in use of the 'Bonjour' brand sites generally use this title in site names and addresses.

Bonjour

Like the fellow petrol retailers, TCS branded their larger forecourts with a convenience store under an own brand, in this case the 'Bonjour' title. 'Bonjour' was sometimes also associated with an own branded cafe under the 'Cafe Bonjour' title. Other sites include various refreshment concessions such as Nescafe & Go coffee machines, and Bake & Bite facilities. Smaller services which only sold snacks were branded as just 'Shop'.

Excellium

Excellium was Total's own brand of fuel. It was said that it improved engine protection, reduced fuel consumption and produced lower CO2 emissions.

The end of Total's reign

Total ceased trading in the UK in 2016, with the final motorway site being at Lymm truckstop, which closed in 2013. Most TCS sites were sold throughout 2012/13 to Rontec, who in turn sold most of those filling stations to Shell. The Rontec stations are now operating under the Esso brand, and the former Bonjour shops are either Shell Select or Rontec's own brand Shop 'n Drive. The final TRSA Total closed in 2016, which was a Co-op Food owned site at Polegate on the A27, which has left a lot of evidence of Total being there, such as the totem pole and canopy which are still red.

Former Locations