O'Brien Auto Group Caps Year of Substantial Growth with Opening of New Volkswagen of Kirkland

    O'Brien Auto Group Caps Year of Substantial Growth with Opening of New
                            Volkswagen of Kirkland

Dealership is Fourth Added by the Region's Largest Auto Dealer in Past Year,
O'Brien's Annual Sales Increased by More Than $75 Million in 2012

PR Newswire

BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 11, 2013

BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --O'Brien Auto Group, the largest
auto dealer in the Pacific Northwest, is capping off a year of major growth
and expansion with the opening of a new Volkswagen dealership in Kirkland this
weekend, company officials announced today. The opening marks the fourth new
dealership added by the company in 2012.

"The opening of our new Volkswagen of Kirkland is a great way to start the
year strong," said Michael P. O'Brien, owner of O'Brien Auto Group.
"Kirkland's not only a great community but a major hub for area car buyers.
We're pleased to increase our presence here and to serve the community moving
forward."

VW and Toyota Dealerships to Move in 2014

During its first year in business, Volkswagen of Kirkland will operate out of
a temporary facility located at 13210 NE 124^th Street, a site that was
previously home to Graham Steel. In June of 2014, the dealership will then
move to a permanent location just a few blocks away at 12612 NE 124^th Street,
the current home of Toyota of Kirkland.

Just prior to the Volkswagen dealership's move to a permanent facility, Toyota
of Kirkland will relocate to a brand new, $16 million dealership that O'Brien
will begin construction on in Q1, 2013. The new Toyota dealership will also
be located on the old Graham Steel site. Once completed, it will be three
times the size of current location, feature a more expansive showroom, the
area's largest inventory of new and used Toyotas, more service bays, an
extensive parts department and a fleet of loaner cars.

Announcements Cap A Strong Year of Growth

"2012 was a strong year for the auto industry and our dealerships in
particular," said O'Brien. "Sales have finally returned to pre-recession
levels and are gaining momentum as we head in to 2013. We're proud to be in a
position to grow our business while, at the same time, creating hundreds of
new jobs for the local communities we serve."

O'Brien's growth has been steady and consistent throughout the year with the
acquisition of Bob Bridge Toyota in Q1, the opening of Fiat of Seattle in Q3
and the announcement of a new Honda of Marysville and Volkswagen of Kirkland
in Q4. Additionally, the company has announced plans to build a new $16
million dealership for its existing Toyota of Kirkland.

"We're forecasting year-over-year sales to increase from approximately $500
million in 2011 to more than $575 million in 2012," said O'Brien. "With the
addition of our new dealerships we expect sales to increase at an even greater
pace in 2013 – reaching $675 million."

About O'Brien Auto Group

Founded in 1986, O'Brien Auto Group is a privately-held company that owns and
operates sixteen dealerships in Washington and Oregon. The company employs
more than 600 people and had annual sales exceeding $575 million in 2012. More
information on the company can be viewed online at www.obrienautogroup.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dan Branley (206) 914-1231
dbranley@launchcmus.com



SOURCE O’Brien Auto Group

Website: http://www.obrienautogroup.com
 
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