Extensive renovations complete at Mercedes-Benz flagship downtown Toronto facility



    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - The renovation and expansion of the flagship
Mercedes-Benz Downtown store on Dundas Street East in Toronto is complete. The
landmark dealership is now the largest in the Mercedes-Benz Canada network and
features a beautiful, contemporary new car showroom with a bright open sales
concept design split over 3 levels. In addition, there is a separate AMG,
Maybach and SLR area, onsite smart Centre, and an expansive indoor pre-owned
showroom on the lower level that is also the largest in the Mercedes-Benz
dealership network.
    The new facility also boasts an expanded service reception area that will
continue to offer fast, friendly service with extended hours. A larger climate
controlled drive-through area will better serve the needs of valued customers,
and to maximize efficiency, service advisors are now situated at podium style
desks conveniently located next to the customer drive-through. This new set up
will ensure customers are protected from inclement weather, checked in quickly
and are on their way faster than ever. In addition, an extra 200 parking spots
will ensure ample parking for customers and offers increased space for
inventory.
    Originally built in 1989, the Dundas retail location has been an industry
benchmark for many years. Initially, the dealership sat on a mere 0.6 acres at
the foot of the Bayview extension (easily accessible and very visible from the
Don Valley Parkway), but over time adjacent properties were acquired and the
new Mercedes-Benz Downtown complex now occupies approximately 1.8 acres of
land.
    The layout and infrastructure of the facility follows the highly
efficient proprietary Mercedes-Benz "Autohaus" concept, which can be found in
many other Mercedes-Benz retail and privately-owned dealerships across the
country. The "Autohaus" concept promotes wide open areas and the use of glass
to maintain transparency everywhere in the dealership.
    The modern facility, which boasts a showroom three times larger than the
former one, features a new glass curtain wall that replaces the original
concrete wall panel system. The clean design and the huge amount of natural
light throughout the 108,000 square foot facility create a beautiful vehicle
display area, and a new halogen spot light system ensures that the true colour
of each vehicle is accurately reflected. To promote energy savings, lighting
throughout the service area was also replaced with highly efficient T5
fluorescent lighting.
    The extensive interior renovations, combined with the building's large
outdoor display, will ensure a more prominent corporate identity for
Mercedes-Benz in downtown Toronto.
    "Mercedes-Benz Downtown was the first full-fledged sales, parts and
service dealership in Canada to be built on five floors," said
Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada.
"Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer in the efficient use of space for a downtown
operation. These updates to our Mercedes-Benz Downtown facility once again set
an industry benchmark and brings us back to the forefront of design. The
convenient location, bright open feel of the showrooms, new larger indoor
drive-through service area and comfortable customer lounge are all designed to
deliver uncompromising customer service. This modern facility will once again
be the jewel in the crown of the retail stores that we own and promises to
provide customers an outstanding sales, parts and service experience."
    The Mercedes-Benz Downtown renovations are part of a nationwide dealer
network development program. Mercedes-Benz Canada is focused on ensuring that
all of its facilities are built to best serve customers' needs and to provide
an outstanding automotive experience at every level.

    
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For further information:

For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550,
caza@mercedes-benz.ca; Michael Minielly, (416) 847-7509,
minielly@mercedes-benz.ca

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