MAZDA NORTH AMERICA APPOINTS NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR MAZDA PUERTO RICO OPERATIONS
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 7, 2012
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations
(MNAO) today announced the appointment of International Automotive Distributor
Group, LLC (IADG), as the distributor of record for Mazda cars and sport
utility vehicles throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, effective
December 28, 2012. In this new role, IADG will be responsible for all aspects
of the distribution, sales and service of Mazda vehicles in Puerto Rico and
"The appointment of International Automotive Distributor Group as our local
distributor in Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I. represents a real opportunity for
Mazda in the region," said Jim O'Sullivan, President and CEO, MNAO. "With a
strong existing owner base already in place, I'm looking forward to working
with IADG to take the Mazda business to new levels of success, and to ensure
customer satisfaction at the very highest levels."
IADG is the newest venture of Bella Group, the largest locally owned
automotive distributor in Puerto Rico. Bella Group was founded 50 years ago,
and has been instrumental to the development of the automotive industry in
Puerto Rico. Bella Group began distributing Honda motorcycles in 1963, Honda
vehicles in 1973, Honda power products in 1984 and Acura vehicles in 1986.
Additionally, Bella has been a Mazda dealer since 2005, bringing their
extensive experience to the brand. Today, Bella employs more than 550 people
through their corporate offices and an extensive portfolio of dealerships and
their respective parts, service and repair facilities.
"We are excited to bring our 40 years of automotive experience to the Mazda
brand. Bella Group is committed to delighting consumers with outstanding
products and customer service. Our focus will be to enhance the Mazda
experience for every consumer, and to continue building on the great heritage
of the Mazda brand. We are thrilled to be in such a unique position to help
drive Mazda's business forward in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,"
said Carlos Lopez-Lay, President and CEO of Bella Group de Puerto Rico.
Mazda has been selling and servicing vehicles in Puerto Rico for nearly 40
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and
oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda
vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.
Operations in Mexico are directed by Mazda Motor de Mexico, based in Mexico
SOURCE Mazda North American Operations
Contact: Jeremy Barnes, Mazda North American Operations, +1-714-296-1402; Eric
Booth, Mazda North American Operations, +1-949-727-6144; Carmen Cedre,
International Automotive Distributor Group, +1-939-639-4095
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