Honored as a 2008 "Arizona Company to Watch"

Share Article continues to receive recognition for its business excellence with the announcement that it was recently named a 2008 Arizona Company to Watch. In 2008, the Company also received six other top business awards and is one of the 2008 Inc. Magazine 5000 fastest-growing companies in America. honored as a 2008 Arizona Company to Watch (Autohaus Arizona, Inc.), a Phoenix-based independent distributor of OE European and Asian auto parts, was recently named as one of the 50 Arizona Companies to Watch for 2008, sponsored by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) in collaboration with Comerica Bank and the Edward Lowe Foundation. AutohausAZ earned this honor by being one of the best and brightest stars of Arizona, demonstrating outstanding performance in the marketplace.

In 1998, AutohausAZ launched its website to expand its market beyond local wholesale customers. By 2004 the Company, pursuing limitless opportunities, refocused its website to reach a global retail market. From Internet sales in 1998 of $1,000 to forecasted sales in 2008 of $11,260,000+, has not only survived, it has flourished, growing 200.8% in the last three years alone. They attribute this growth not only to expanding to a larger marketplace but to maintaining the highest level of friendly and professional customer service.

"We're always being asked how we're able to continue growing at such unbelievably high rates year after year, particularly in our current economy. I have to say that our biggest strength is that we focus on our customers and their needs always and we try to provide more than just a place to buy auto parts at," said Carolyn Lefebvre, President/CEO of Autohaus Arizona.

"We provide our customers with valuable information on import cars (BMW, Mercedes Benz, just to name a few) and auto repair tips (tips to improve gas mileage, fuel pump and fuel injection repair, performing monthly car maintenance to keep auto repair costs down, saving money on brake repairs, etc), as well as give them a place to store information on their import car and its maintenance." and its fellow recipients will be honored on November 11 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event celebrates the 3rd annual Arizona Companies to Watch Awards and is the only award focusing on businesses across Arizona, not just specific industries, painting a realistic picture of a true statewide economy. The Arizona Companies to Watch program was created to recognize and celebrate the contribution, innovation and energy of the wide variety of second-stage companies in the state. Companies considered must be privately owned, "second-stage" companies that have 10 to 100 employees, are concerned with issues of growth not survival and have not yet become large corporations.

Autohaus Arizona, Inc. (formerly Autohaus Phoenix, Inc.) began in 1979 as a local wholesale distributor of European auto parts in Phoenix. The Company launched its website in 1998 and today distributes OEM European auto parts and Japanese auto parts to wholesale and retail customers worldwide. Specializing in German car parts (Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Porsche, and Volkswagen), also carries a wide selection of auto parts for Swedish (Saab, Volvo), British (LandRover, Jaguar) and Japanese/Asian cars (Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan and Toyota, to name just a few). For more information on Autohaus Arizona, please visit our website at

In 2008, was also awarded honors in the Top 500 Women-Owned businesses in the US (347th), Top 100 Small Businesses in Arizona (12th), Top 100 Diversity-Owned Businesses in Arizona (8th), and Top 100 Woman-Owned Businesses in Arizona (7th) from In addition, AutohausAZ was recently named to the Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the USA (#1868), Top 100 Businesses in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (49th), and Top 100 Retail Companies in America (77th) by Magazine.


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