Dilawri breaks ground for the state of the art Audi Downtown dealership



Audi Canada, the Dilawri Group of Companies and the Mayor of Vancouver officially break ground on new $25 million project

September 20, 2012 (Vancouver, B.C.) - Wolfgang Hoffmann, President Audi Canada, joined Ajay Dilawri, President of the Dilawri Group of Companies and Mayor Gregor Robertson today to celebrate the official start of construction on the new Audi Downtown in Vancouver.

Located at 1820 Burrard Street, the expansive 56,000 square foot facility will house a state-of-the-art Audi sales and service centre situated on one of the most prominent streets in Vancouver. The building is slated for completion in the fall of 2013.

The dealership will incorporate Audi's new terminal design concept which represents the brand essence of "Vorsprung durch Technik", meaning "advancement through technology". Combined with the values of sporty, progressive and sophistication, the building will feature key Audi design aesthetics including aluminum, asymmetry and transparency, represented with expansive windows and a high proportion of white space.

"We are delighted that the Dilawri group will be representing Audi in this incredible facility. Once completed the Audi Terminal will be an ideal home for our brand by offering a central location that is convenient for our valued Vancouver customers," said Wolfgang Hoffmann, President Audi Canada.

The new dealership represents a $25 million investment by the Dilawri Group of Companies. Plans for the new building were developed by Kasian Architecture with construction management from Ledcor. Construction will begin immediately.

"We're very excited to start construction on this spectacular new project which, once completed, will become a new Vancouver landmark," said Ajay Dilawri, President of the Dilawri Group of Companies. "The design of this facility has been carefully crafted to not only complement the Audi brand, but also Vancouver's reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world."

Attendees at the Audi Downtown groundbreaking ceremony included representatives from Audi Canada, the Dilawri Group of Companies, the City of Vancouver and the local business community.

In 1971, Audi was first introduced to the Canadian market. Today, a network of 41 Audi retailers sell and service a range of premium vehicles nationwide. Headquartered in Ajax, Ontario, Audi Canada markets a line of luxury cars built in plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Germany, as well as Slovakia, Belgium and Hungary. The parent company, AUDI AG, resides in Ingolstadt, Germany. Additional information on all Audi models and history can be found at www.audi.ca

The Dilawri Group of Companies is Canada's largest automotive group. The Dilawri Group of Companies encompasses 46 dealerships in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, and represents 29 quality brands. Owned and operated by Tony, Kap and Ajay Dilawri, the company continues to expand throughout Canada, building on its 25 year history of excellence in the automotive industry. With more than 1,600 employees, the company is proud to offer exceptional products and service in every dealership. The Dilawri Group of Companies is not only a leader in the automotive industry; it is also a leader in the communities it serves. Through meaningful and targeted philanthropy, Dilawri is committed to making Canada a better place to live.www.dilawri.ca

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Date Posted: September 20, 2012