Video: The Most Sustainable BMW Dealership in the World | Eco-Luxury Auto West BMW
RICHMOND, BC, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - At this year's prestigious BMW Sales
Excellence Award Ceremony, situated at the iconic BMW Museum in Munich,
Germany, "The Most Sustainable BMW Dealership in the World" title was
given to Auto West BMW. This highly esteemed award recognizes
dealerships worldwide who are paving the way for a greener future,
while supporting BMW AG's worldwide commitment to not only be the most
innovative automotive manufacturer in the world, but also to tackle the
fundamental issues relating to sustainability.
Auto West BMW opened their doors in 1986, however the history of this
family-run business dates back to the late 60's as the original
importers of BMWs into Western Canada. After opening their new
state-of-the-art dealership in 2007, Richmond-based Auto West BMW is
now considered one of the top dealers in the world, while leading as
the most sustainable one. Joachim Neumann, Founder and President of
Auto West BMW and the Auto West Group, is devoted to promoting
environmental awareness and sustainability through his dealership
network. Neumann has confronted a wide range of modern challenges at
the forefront of a growing ecological battle within the automotive
industry. "This sustainability award plays a crucial role in promoting
the principles of environmental responsibility to an industry that's
considered to be very wasteful," says Neumann. He adds, "Auto West
Group is committed to developing a greener environment for Canada - one
project at a time."
Auto West BMW has successfully embedded many fascinating sustainability
features into their "DNA", including:
A green roof concept consisting of 8 gardens with 2,200 plants in total.
Maintained by Auto West BMW's staff-led "Team Green", includes a
community garden which grows vegetables that are donated back to the
local food bank in Richmond.
Building a rooftop honey bee apiary to help combat the worldwide
phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder. The apiary consists of 5
colonies that house approximately 150,000 bees which pollinate the
green roof gardens and surrounding community.
Installation of BC's only commercial vertical axis wind turbine,
standing 53' tall and producing up to 3,500 watts of power to create
A series of rooftop solar panels producing 2,300 kWh to help power their
facilities and reduce overall power consumption, minimizing their
Geothermal heating and cooling technology to provide natural insulation,
eliminating harmful chemicals to the environment inherent in HVAC
systems, and providing a steady ambient air room temperature.
Reducing overall water consumption through water recirculation. 90% of
storm water and car wash runoff is collected, filtered, and reused
during car wash cycles.
Auto West Group's commitment to sustainability continues beyond BMW. In
2012, they opened the largest MINI dealership in Canada - MINI
Richmond, who is also taking the sustainability lead in the automotive
industry. With the installation of 168 rooftop solar panels, it is
considered the largest solar panel installation on a dealership in
Canada. In addition, a large exterior green wall was installed at MINI
Richmond to reduce the temperature within the dealership, generate
oxygen, and is perceived as outdoor public art with a honey bee design
incorporated through selected flowers and plants.
Reclaimed storm water is also used in the washroom urinals and water
closets to irrigate both the green wall and landscape. Furthermore, to
meet the future demand of electric cars, a public EV charge station was
recently installed in front of MINI Richmond, furthering Auto West
Group's commitment to support sustainability in their community.
In an effort to continue incorporating green technology within the Auto
West Group and serve those who are urban e-motorists, Auto West BMW -
one of only six dealerships in Canada with the eligibility to sell the
BMW i franchise - is currently undergoing an expansion to accommodate
the arrival of the BMW i3 and i8 models. This will also include the
addition of public charging stations with the expected completion of
the Auto West BMW i showroom in Fall 2013.
"We have made all of these investments without the expectation of an
immediate financial return. This is about being good corporate citizens
within our community by doing what is right for the environment, while
also setting an example as a sustainable leader in the automotive
marketplace," says Pete Sargent, Project Manager for Auto West Group.
To learn more about Auto West Group and their award for "The Most
Sustainable BMW Dealership in the World," please visit www.green.autowestgroup.ca, which includes more in-depth videos on each sustainability feature.
About Auto West Group
Auto West Group is a premier Canadian luxury automotive retailer
operating out of the Vancouver area since May 1986. The Auto West Group
is a top provider of luxury automobiles, offering an unparalleled
purchasing experience, and was recently awarded as one of Canada's Top
Green 30 Companies for 2013 by Maclean's Magazine.
The Auto West Group has over 180 team members, three companies and four
locations: Auto West BMW, MINI Richmond, Auto West Infiniti, and
Performance One. The company shines above competition by providing
personalized, hands-on service that truly exemplifies the luxury
Amidst the competitive automotive landscape, Auto West Group has
maintained an edge and secured a significant, loyal customer base
through their service levels, approach to business, and a deep
appreciation for the brands they represent. Auto West Group drives your
automotive experience forward through passion, performance, and
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