Progressive LAcarGUY Breaks Ground for Expanded, LEED-Certified Pacific Audi Dealership, State-of-the-Art Building will be Largest Audi Terminal Showroom in U.S.

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LAcarGUY founder and owner Mike Sullivan, and Audi of America, this past week celebrated the official groundbreaking of the newly introduced Audi terminal in Torrance, CA. The state-of-the-art South Bay dealership will expand capacity from its current nearby location of 14,000 sq. ft., becoming the largest Audi Terminal showroom in the U.S. at 45,000 sq. ft. The expansion not only invests in the community as a business partner, but also as a community partner, with plans to be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

Photo by Carl Lindstrom

L to R: Mike Cagle (Western Regional Dir., Audi of America), Jeff LaPlant (Pacific Audi GM), Vincent Scandone (Los Angeles GM, Audi of America), Mike Sullivan (owner, LAcarGUY), Thomas Uen (Audi of America). Photo by Carl Lindstrom

The expansion not only invests in the community as a business partner, but also as a community partner, with plans to be built to LEED standards.

LAcarGUY founder and owner Mike Sullivan, and Audi of America, this past week celebrated the official groundbreaking of the newly introduced Audi terminal in Torrance, CA. The state-of-the-art South Bay dealership will expand capacity from its current nearby location of 14,000 sq. ft., becoming the largest Audi Terminal showroom in the U.S. at 45,000 sq. ft. The expansion not only invests in the community as a business partner, but also as a community partner, with plans to be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

“We’re so excited to be building this. Everything we’re doing [here] is designed around sustainability and making it a very friendly place to be,” states LAcarGUY’s Sullivan. “What we are doing on this property just mirrors where the franchise is going, where the brand is going, and where we are going. It’s just a great marriage and we’re proud to be part of it.”

Located on a 3-acre parcel at the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Spencer Street, the new space is being designed to better serve customers with expanded capacity and convenience within a compelling environment. The structure will make an impressive but welcoming architectural statement in the area with strong use of trees, special lighting, and a well-scaled, open two-story, 17-car showroom, showcasing the brand’s latest collection of luxury vehicles.

Having owned this Audi franchise since October of 1999, Sullivan built the first Audi Hangar-style dealership in California. The progressive nature of the Sullivan organization is a driving force behind the facility being built to meet LEED standards (created by the U.S. Green Building Council). Highlights of the upcoming LEED building include LED lighting, inside and out; high-efficiency heating and air components; “smog eating”-finished ACM panels; and atypical landscaping for a dealership. Regular blog posts at pacificaudi.com/leeddealership will soon begin to share the story of the green building’s progress until the scheduled November 2012 opening.

Adds Sullivan, “Our little family of dealerships is continuing to grow and we’re excited… We’re trying to stay ahead of the curve with this beautiful new LEED certified building here in Torrance, so we’re really pleased.”

The project’s building team includes Sauers Lopez Construction, specializing in the design and construction of auto dealerships; and architecture firm Whitfield Associates, Inc.

For more information please visit http://www.pacificaudi.com and http://www.lacarguy.com.

About LAcarGUY
The LAcarGUY family of dealerships has been a Los Angeles fixture since "Sully" Sullivan opened his first dealership, Volkswagen Santa Monica in 1964. Today, LAcarGUY includes 11 award-winning dealerships (including Pacific Audi) throughout Los Angeles and a state-of-the-art body shop. Known for its outstanding customer service, long-term relationships, and word-of-mouth marketing, LAcarGUY is the first choice when shopping for a new or used car. As a local family-owned business, LAcarGUY is recognized as a prominent supporter of community events, charitable organizations and environmental causes. As the number one hybrid dealer in the world, LAcarGUY is proud to lead the industry to a greener automotive future.

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2011, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit http://www.audiusa.com or http://www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

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