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Pacific Audi Receives Audi's "Best of the Best" Magna Award

April 28, 2009 lacarguy Audi, LAcarGUY News & Events, Pacific Audi 0 Comments

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Pacific Audi is extremely proud of acheiving Audi's Magna Award for the countries best Audi dealers. We pride ourselves on customer service and this award is very important to us.  The details are below.

– The program honors the best of the best among all distinguished U.S. Audi dealers

– To earn the award, dealers must meet customer service and business objectives

– Magna Society fits alongside Audi dealer plans to spend $1 billion on franchises

HERNDON, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ — Providing superlative customer service while achieving strong overall business performance was no simple feat as economic headwinds worsened toward the end of last year. Yet 35 Audi dealers nationwide excelled on both scores, earning Magna Society awards for 2008.

Audi established the Magna Society to recognize U.S. dealerships that stand out as the best of the best. To qualify, dealerships can't just meet or exceed sales targets. They must also demonstrate they are maintaining a solid financial foundation, merit high customer satisfaction scores and show their facilities and staffs represent the progressive Audi culture.

"This is far more than a sales contest," said Reinhard Fischer, Director, Network Management, Audi of America. "It is a broad-based measurement of dealers leading the way in firmly establishing that the Audi experience is a superior experience for American luxury car buyers."

The annual Magna Society awards thus mesh with long-range plans established by Audi and its franchise partners to make Audi facilities more exclusive. Between 2003 and 2011, Audi dealers have made plans to spend $1 billion on facilities – a level of investment that has changed little amid the current economic downturn. Since 2002, the number of exclusive Audi dealerships has increased a remarkable 70% to 126 out of 270 overall in the U.S.

"Commitment like this from dealers shows the excitement generated by the Audi brand and the collection of exceptional motor cars Audi has been introducing in recent years," said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. "It is the basis for a very bright future for Audi, its dealer partners and, most of all, customers."

The 2008 Magna Society award winners listed by state are:

Arizona

Audi Chandler, Chandler, AZ

California

Audi Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA

Stevens Creek Audi, San Jose, CA

Bakersfield Audi, Bakersfield, CA

Hoehn Audi, Carlsbad, CA

Keyes Audi, Van Nuys, CA

Pacific Audi, Torrance, CA

Connecticut

Danbury Audi, Danbury, CT

Florida

Classic Audi, Orlando, FL

Audi Naples, Naples, FL

Georgia

Jim Ellis Audi Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Indiana

Team Audi, Merrillville, IN

Iowa

Carousel Audi Iowa City, Iowa City, IA

Kentucky

Blue Grass Audi, Louisville, KY

Massachusetts

Audi Burlington, Burlington, MA

Audi Westwood, Westwood, MA

Bernardi Audi, Natick, MA

Michigan

Audi of Rochester Hills, Rochester Hills, MI

Williams Audi, Lansing, MI

Delta Audi, Grand Rapids, MI

Minnesota

Carousel Audi, Minneapolis, MN

Nevada

Desert Audi, Las Vegas, NV

New Hampshire

Audi of Nashua, Nashua, NH

New York

Burdick Audi, Cicero, NY

Ohio

Audi Willoughby, Cleveland, OH

Sunnyside Audi, Middleburg Heights, OH

Oregon

Sunset Audi, Beaverton, OR

Pennsylvania

Vision Audi, Leesport, PA

Knopf Audi, Allentown, PA

Rhode Island

Inskip Audi, Warwick, RI

South Carolina

Audi Columbia, Columbia, SC

Washington state

University Audi, Seattle, WA

Wisconsin

Audi North Shore, Brown Deer, WI

Car City Audi, Eau Claire, WI

Zimbrick Audi, Madison, WI

ABOUT AUDI OF AMERICA

Audi of America Inc. and its 271 dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi line up is one of the freshest in the industry with 23 models, including 12 models launched during model years 2008 and 2009. Audi is among the most successful brands globally. In selling one million vehicles worldwide in 2008, AUDI AG recorded its 13th consecutive record year for sales and profits. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

Pacific Audi Receives Audi’s “Best of the Best” Magna Award

April 28, 2009 lacarguy 0 Comments

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Pacaudi logo

Pacific Audi is extremely proud of acheiving Audi's Magna Award for the countries best Audi dealers. We pride ourselves on customer service and this award is very important to us.  The details are below.

– The program honors the best of the best among all distinguished U.S. Audi dealers

– To earn the award, dealers must meet customer service and business objectives

– Magna Society fits alongside Audi dealer plans to spend $1 billion on franchises

HERNDON, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ — Providing superlative customer service while achieving strong overall business performance was no simple feat as economic headwinds worsened toward the end of last year. Yet 35 Audi dealers nationwide excelled on both scores, earning Magna Society awards for 2008.

Audi established the Magna Society to recognize U.S. dealerships that stand out as the best of the best. To qualify, dealerships can't just meet or exceed sales targets. They must also demonstrate they are maintaining a solid financial foundation, merit high customer satisfaction scores and show their facilities and staffs represent the progressive Audi culture.

"This is far more than a sales contest," said Reinhard Fischer, Director, Network Management, Audi of America. "It is a broad-based measurement of dealers leading the way in firmly establishing that the Audi experience is a superior experience for American luxury car buyers."

The annual Magna Society awards thus mesh with long-range plans established by Audi and its franchise partners to make Audi facilities more exclusive. Between 2003 and 2011, Audi dealers have made plans to spend $1 billion on facilities – a level of investment that has changed little amid the current economic downturn. Since 2002, the number of exclusive Audi dealerships has increased a remarkable 70% to 126 out of 270 overall in the U.S.

"Commitment like this from dealers shows the excitement generated by the Audi brand and the collection of exceptional motor cars Audi has been introducing in recent years," said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. "It is the basis for a very bright future for Audi, its dealer partners and, most of all, customers."

The 2008 Magna Society award winners listed by state are:

Arizona

Audi Chandler, Chandler, AZ

California

Audi Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA

Stevens Creek Audi, San Jose, CA

Bakersfield Audi, Bakersfield, CA

Hoehn Audi, Carlsbad, CA

Keyes Audi, Van Nuys, CA

Pacific Audi, Torrance, CA

Connecticut

Danbury Audi, Danbury, CT

Florida

Classic Audi, Orlando, FL

Audi Naples, Naples, FL

Georgia

Jim Ellis Audi Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Indiana

Team Audi, Merrillville, IN

Iowa

Carousel Audi Iowa City, Iowa City, IA

Kentucky

Blue Grass Audi, Louisville, KY

Massachusetts

Audi Burlington, Burlington, MA

Audi Westwood, Westwood, MA

Bernardi Audi, Natick, MA

Michigan

Audi of Rochester Hills, Rochester Hills, MI

Williams Audi, Lansing, MI

Delta Audi, Grand Rapids, MI

Minnesota

Carousel Audi, Minneapolis, MN

Nevada

Desert Audi, Las Vegas, NV

New Hampshire

Audi of Nashua, Nashua, NH

New York

Burdick Audi, Cicero, NY

Ohio

Audi Willoughby, Cleveland, OH

Sunnyside Audi, Middleburg Heights, OH

Oregon

Sunset Audi, Beaverton, OR

Pennsylvania

Vision Audi, Leesport, PA

Knopf Audi, Allentown, PA

Rhode Island

Inskip Audi, Warwick, RI

South Carolina

Audi Columbia, Columbia, SC

Washington state

University Audi, Seattle, WA

Wisconsin

Audi North Shore, Brown Deer, WI

Car City Audi, Eau Claire, WI

Zimbrick Audi, Madison, WI

ABOUT AUDI OF AMERICA

Audi of America Inc. and its 271 dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi line up is one of the freshest in the industry with 23 models, including 12 models launched during model years 2008 and 2009. Audi is among the most successful brands globally. In selling one million vehicles worldwide in 2008, AUDI AG recorded its 13th consecutive record year for sales and profits. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

LAcarGUY Dealerships Celebrate Earth Day 2009

April 24, 2009 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability 0 Comments

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In celebration of Earth Day 2009, LAcarGuy dealerships offered FREE tire pressure checks to customers last Wednesday, April 22.  In one day, we gave away more than 370 free pressure checks!

Proper Tire pressure plays A significant role in fuel efficiency.  Maximizing fuel efficiency of your vehicle is appealing way to minimize your impact on the environment.   

LAcarGUY to add plug-in Fisker dealership in Santa Monica

April 1, 2009 lacarguy Electric Vehicle Extended Range, Electric Vehicles, Fisker Santa Monica, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability 0 Comments

We are all very excited to add the Fisker plug-in Hybrid to the LAcarGUY family.  We don't have an exact date when the showroom will open, but it will be located in Santa Monica.

The LA Times article announcing the Fisker dealerships is listed below:

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Even the car of the future needs old-fashioned sales technology.

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive said Tuesday that it had signed up 32 new-car dealers in North America to sell its plug-in hybrid sedan, which begins production late this year.

"Our retail partners are our most important assets," said Vic Doolan, a Fisker board member who played a central role in locating prospective dealers. "They are the face of the company."

The announcement is the latest step in the company's bid to be the first carmaker to bring plug-in hybrid technology to market. Several large automakers, including General Motors Corp., are also working on plug-in hybrid drivetrains but aren't set to deliver them for at least 18 months.

At the same time, a growing number of start-ups working on similar technology have eschewed dealerships. For example, San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors, maker of an all-electric roadster, sells directly to consumers and owns its two stores.

Fisker hopes to sell as many as 15,000 Karmas — which run on electric motors powered by lithium ion batteries and carry a gasoline generator to extend their range — per year. Company executives say that by using already established new-car dealers, Fisker doesn't need to fund its own new-car lots or build a sales force.

Pasadena dealer Dan Gaby plans to dedicate one of his three standing showrooms for Fisker. He recently consolidated his separate Hyundai, Hummer and Chevrolet dealerships into just two showrooms, freeing up room for another brand. Beyond that, he said, the commitment is relatively minimal: Fisker asks its dealers to buy two vehicles (which retail at $87,900 apiece), update their service bays for the new technology and dedicate some floor space to Fisker alone.

"We had the capacity, and with all the buzz in California about the environment, this product fits well into what we offer the public," Gaby said.

Fisker announced dealerships in 16 states plus British Columbia, with eight in California. One is in Santa Monica, where Mike Sullivan, owner of nine dealerships including Toyota, Lexus and Porsche, plans to put the Fisker showroom.

Sullivan believes that selling Fiskers could become "quite profitable" once the economy improves.

"We need to be realistic and get this off the ground together," said Sullivan, who said he planned to buy a Karma for himself.

Fisker has 1,300 pre-orders for the Karma and plans to begin delivery in early 2010.

Chief Executive Henrik Fisker has said that he hopes to recruit as many as 45 dealers in North America and 40 in Europe.

Click here to view latimes article

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Named 2009 Green Car of The Year

November 21, 2008 lacarguy Diesel Vehicles, Green Auto Technology, Volkswagen 0 Comments

 

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Jetta and Jetta Sportswagen Clean Diesels now in stock at LAcarguy.com!!!

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The 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesel has been awarded the 2009 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. The editors at Green Car Journal nominated five vehicles that represented the year’s best-of-the-best 2009 green vehicles, and today announced that they have chosen Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI clean diesel as the best-of-the best and awarded it their 2009 Green Car of the Year.

“It is a tremendous honor to have our Jetta TDI awarded Green Car of the Year,”said Stefan Jacoby, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We believe our Jetta TDI’s truly offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience that provides our customer the best of both worlds—excellent fuel efficiency combined with a dynamic driving experience. With more than 8,000 units already sold since its mid-August market introduction, it’s clear that a Volkswagen clean diesel is what the people want.”

“The Volkswagen Jetta TDI rose to the top as Green Car Journal’s 2009 Green Car of the Year® for some very important reasons,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. “Hybrids have dominated the discussion of environmentally positive vehicles in recent years. The highly fuel efficient, 50 state emissions certified Jetta TDI shows that advanced clean diesel has arrived and is poised to change this dynamic. With its affordable price point, refined ride and handling, and high fuel economy, the Jetta TDI shows that hybrids now have a strong competitor in the marketplace.”

Both LAcarGUY.com Volkswagen dealerships have both the diesel sedan and sportwagen in stock. View the inventory of both dealerships using LAcarguy's inventory tool.

Video from Ecover/Heal The Bay event at Lexus Santa Monica

October 15, 2008 lacarguy Charity, Heal The Bay, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus 0 Comments

On October 4th, Ecover gave an ecological car wash and wax demonstration to celebrate the launch of new Ecover Car Wash & Wax and Car Glass & Interior Cleaner with a special keynote address by non-profit partners Heal the Bay. This was a free community event sponsored by Ecover and LACarGuy Family Group of Dealers promoting ecological awareness for our precious waterways and oceans.

 

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Ecover demonstration at Lexus Santa Monica