Mercedes-Benz and Groupe Hamel celebrate the groundbreaking of a new north shore dealership



    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada announced today that Groupe
Hamel has broken ground and started construction on their new facility in
Mirabel, Québec. Conveniently situated at exit 23 off Highway 15, the new
retailer is located close to Highway 640 and directly on the main route to the
Laurentians.
    When the dealership formally opens its doors later this year, staff will
be ready to serve existing customers and welcome many new prospects from the
Mirabel, Blainville, Sainte-Therese, and Boisbriand area and beyond.
    The facility's spacious and comfortable layout will meet all of the
global "Autohaus" design standards set by Mercedes-Benz. The bright new car
showroom capable of holding 15 cars will be complemented by an adjacent indoor
courtyard also able to display up to 50 cars. In addition, a distinct smart
fortwo display area will ensure a strong identity for the smart brand in the
region.
    Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, was
pleased to join Jean-François Hamel, President of Groupe Hamel, and the Mayor
of Mirabel at the site for the official groundbreaking. Construction of this
new retail facility represents a significant investment in the area that will
create 40 new jobs once the dealership is fully operational.
    "Our most important priority is to ensure that the proper infrastructure
is in place to provide an outstanding experience for every customer at each
step of the purchasing process and ownership experience," said Marcus
Breitschwerdt. "This new facility is an investment that will bolster our
already extensive Québec dealer network; ensuring a prominent corporate
presence for our brands that is visible from a busy thoroughfare and providing
a beautiful home to showcase the entire smart, Mercedes-Benz and AMG vehicle
range."

    About Mercedes-Benz Canada

    Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service
of the four brands within the Mercedes Car Group in Canada; Mercedes-Benz,
smart, AMG and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz
Canada employs approximately 1,050 people in 19 locations across Canada.
Through a nationwide network of 14 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and
38 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 24,117 vehicles in 2008,
the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

    
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For further information:

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

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