TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2019 /CNW/ - Effective immediately, Dilawri Group of Companies will take ownership of six Mercedes-Benz locations in Vancouver. The locations, which previously formed Mercedes-Benz Canada's Vancouver Retail Group, were divested as part of an ongoing worldwide assessment of Mercedes-Benz Cars sales and after-sales networks. Prior to the transfer of ownership, Mercedes-Benz Canada had one of the highest shares of corporately owned retail locations of all markets around the world. This led to the decision to reduce the company's overall corporate retail footprint in Canada by divesting the Vancouver locations.
"Throughout this process, our priority was to find a buyer who would maintain the same high standards of sales and service that our customers have come to expect from these well-established Vancouver locations," says Brian Fulton, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. "After a comprehensive review, which incorporated several of the leading Mercedes-Benz dealers across the globe, Dilawri Group of Companies emerged as our retailer of choice. In addition to their excellent retail experience and strong reputation in the industry, we were impressed by their commitment to our retail employees who are integral to creating positive experiences for our customers. We are confident that our customers and employees are in very good hands with Dilawri; they are experienced, reliable, socially responsible, and invested in the dealerships' long-term success. We look forward to supporting their efforts in Vancouver in the months and years to come."
As Canada's largest automotive group, Dilawri Group of Companies operates 72 franchised dealerships with more than 4,000 employees nationwide. Dilawri already owns Mercedes-Benz franchises in Langley, British Columbia and Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec. By acquiring the Vancouver locations, the group adds five dealerships and one bodyshop to its portfolio. The locations involved in the sale are:
- Mercedes-Benz North Vancouver (two locations):
- North Vancouver (Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Service)
- Bodyshop (Mercedes-Benz Cars Service)
- Mercedes-Benz Richmond (two locations):
- Richmond (Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Service)
- Richmond Service Center (Mercedes-Benz Cars Service)
- Mercedes-Benz Boundary (one location):
- Boundary Road (Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Service, Mercedes-Benz Vans Sales & Service)
- Mercedes-Benz Vancouver (one location):
- Terminal Avenue (Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Service)
The new ownership will not impact Mercedes-Benz customers, who will continue to enjoy the same Mercedes-Benz sales and service offerings at these Vancouver locations.
"We are honoured and thrilled to expand our partnership with Mercedes-Benz through the addition of these high-profile locations. We are committed to continuing the Mercedes-Benz tradition of delivering exceptional customer service and showcasing the brand's lineup of world-class vehicles," said Ajay Dilawri, who shares the title of Principal Director with his brothers, Tony and Kap. "We look forward to working closely with our new colleagues at the six locations and would like to officially welcome them to the Dilawri family."
About Dilawri Group of Companies
Dilawri Group of Companies is Canada's largest automotive group with 72 franchised dealerships representing 30 automotive brands throughout Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. Privately owned and operated by the Dilawri family since 1985, the company continues to expand its footprint in Canada, building on its history of excellence in the automotive industry. With more than 4,000 employees, Dilawri Group of Companies is proud to offer exceptional products and customer service in every dealership. For more information about Dilawri please visit www.dilawri.ca.
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing, and service of Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG passenger vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans, and smart. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,200 people in 14 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of seven Mercedes-Benz own retail operations and 52 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 52,298 vehicles in 2017 (2018 numbers yet to be announced). This positioned Mercedes-Benz as the top luxury manufacturer in Canada for the fifth consecutive year.
Further information from Mercedes-Benz Canada is available at media.mercedes-benz.ca.
SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.