Audi Celebrates Grand Opening of Audi Pacific First LEED Certified
Dealership That Features Largest Audi Showroom in U.S.
LAcarGUY's New Dealership in Torrance, CA Will Be Among the Greenest;
Features the Largest Audi Showroom in the U.S. Showcasing 17 Models
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/27/12 -- Audi of America, in
coordination with LAcarGUY, will celebrate the grand opening of the
newly redesigned Audi Pacific dealership on Tuesday, November 27. The
new dealership will become the largest Audi showroom in the U.S.
showcasing 17 models and is the first to be LEED Gold certified
incorporating a state-of-the-art design with environmental technology
aimed at improving energy efficiency, reducing water usage, as well
as promoting the reuse and recycling of materials and waste. The new
location marks one of 11 dealerships within the LAcarGUY family,
headed by Mike Sullivan.
"Audi remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing green
technology and environmentally responsible business practices," said
Mike Cagle, Director, Western Region for Audi of America. "Through
the opening of Audi Pacific, we not only celebrate the largest Audi
showroom in the United States, but also take great pride in achieving
LEED Gold certification."
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an
internationally recognized green building certification process
promoted by the U.S. Green Building Council to assess the
sustainability of a building's design, construction and operations.
To meet LEED Gold certification, the Audi Pacific dealership features
energy efficient water fixtures, low energy use lighting and a 45
kilowatt (kW) DC Solar PV system.
The owner of Audi Pacific and President of LAcarGUY, Mike Sullivan
has been in the car business for over 45 years and also serves on the
board of Heal The Bay and the Environmental Media Association as well
as the Regional Board of Directors for Global Green USA. Having owned
this Audi franchise since October of 1999, Sullivan became the first
to build an Audi Hangar in California. To continue his encouragment
in the adoption of electric vehicles, LAcarGUY recently became the
first automotive dealer in the country to offer electric charging
stations open to the public at four of its dealerships.
"The LAcarGUY family of dealerships has long been committed to
promoting sustainable, greener business operations and supporting
environmental initiatives," said Sullivan. "Our new Audi Pacific
dealership facility exemplifies our leadership and focus on ecology,
economy and social responsibility across the board."
General Manager and LAcarGUY business partner Jeff LaPlant will
oversee the newly redesigned space which has expanded from 14,000 to
45,000 square feet allowing the dealership to better serve their
customers with the expanded capacity and convenience within a
compelling environment. The new dealership also follows the new Audi
"terminal" design, an ecologically advanced construction method
promoted by the Audi's parent company in Germany. The structure makes
an impressive architectural statement on Hawthorne Boulevard, with
bold signage and an open two-story showroom, as well as 22 service
bays showcasing the brand's latest collection of luxury vehicles.
"Audi Pacific is very proud to be the first LEED Gold certified
dealership for the Audi brand," said LaPlant. "Environmental
stewardship is very much in line with Audi Pacific's overall business
philosophy, commitment to exceptional and award-winning customer
service, as well as focus on selling some of the most innovative,
quality-engineered luxury products on the market today."
Audi of America maintains a regional office, two technical facilities
and a design center in California to better identify with and service
the state's strategically vital and diverse market. Since 2011, sales
in the area have increased by 21.9% and represent 19.2% of total U.S.
sales. Other noteworthy accomplishments for Audi in California
include an increase in IHG market share from 5.56% in 2006 to 10.1%
in 2012, effectively doubling the brand's presence in the state. The
Audi Pacific dealership opening marks the brand's continued expansion
and strong presence in the Southern California market.
Audi Pacific is located in the City of Torrance at 20460 Hawthorne
Boulevard. For more information please visit www.audiusa.com,
www.audiusanews.com or call 310-526-8692.
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full
line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most
successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a
top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2011, and broke all-time
company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest
about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit
www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding
Audi vehicle and business issues.
The LAcarGUY family of dealerships has been a Los
Angeles fixture since "Sully" Sullivan opened its first dealership,
Volkswagen Santa Monica in 1964. Today, LAcarGUY includes 11
award-winning dealerships throughout Los Angeles and a
state-of-the-art body shop. As a local family-owned business,
LAcarGUY is recognized as a prominent supporter of community events,
charitable organizations and environmental causes. Among the top
dealers of hybrid cars in the world, LAcarGUY is proud to lead the
industry into a greener automotive future. Visit www.lacarguy.com for
Audi of America Communications
Tel.: +1 917 691 8000
Tel.: +1 310 854 4800
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