OpenRoad Auto Group takes driver’s seat at 3 iconic Vancouver dealerships
VANCOUVER, October 2, 2014 - OpenRoad Auto Group has acquired three iconic dealerships in Vancouver: The BMW Store, MINI Yaletown, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, becoming the number one automotive retail group in B.C. for new vehicle sales volume. The award-winning OpenRoad group now represents 12 brands at 15 dealerships in the province.
This announcement gives OpenRoad its second pair of BMW and MINI dealerships, in addition to their existing BMW and MINI dealerships in Langley, B.C. The BMW Store in Vancouver was the first BMW dealership to open its doors in Canada and remains one of the largest volume dealers in the country. MINI Yaletown is urban, iconic and youthful — three characteristics that are well suited to downtown Vancouver. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is the only authorized Rolls-Royce dealer in the city and adds the first ultra-luxury brand to the OpenRoad portfolio offering of import automotive brands.
“We really look forward to welcoming them to our team of now more than 700 associates. Having a presence in
downtown Vancouver and Kitsilano has been a dream of mine for many years. By adding three iconic brands and some of the best automotive professionals in the industry, it makes for a very bright future at OpenRoad,” said Christian Chia, President and CEO of the OpenRoad Auto Group.
“The BMW Store is the pre-eminent BMW retailer in the country — it was of the one of the first and has been a landmark in the community. Rolls-Royce is a proud company that celebrated 110 years of history this year. We are proud and excited to be the only retailer in Western Canada.”
The announcement comes as welcomed news at The BMW Store, MINI Yaletown and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver. Dimitri Kotsalis, General Manager of the three dealerships, said, “The 130 employees that have proudly represented these three distinguished brands have greeted the acquisition with open arms. I look forward to the world of possibilities that lay ahead of us as part of this celebrated automotive group.”
The three dealerships were previously owned by the American company Fields Automotive Group, and officially become part of the Canada-based OpenRoad Auto Group on Oct. 2, 2014.
About OpenRoad Auto Group
In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group formed to offer car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. One of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, CADA Laureate and multiple Canadian Best Employer Award recipient, the OpenRoad team of over 700 associates represents 12 import brands at 15 dealership locations across B.C., Canada. Visit www.openroadautogroup.com.
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