May 11, 2004
Source: Audi of America
LITTLETON, Colo., May 11 /PRNewswire/ — Douglas McDonald, President of
McDonald Automotive Group, is combining cutting edge technology with time-
honored traditions that have led to decades of success and customer
satisfaction. We are proud to announce the official launch of our new Audi
and Volkswagen service and sales centers, as well as our new and separate
collision center campus. These projects have taken nearly three years to
complete, at an investment by McDonald Automotive Group of $8.8 million.
McDonald’s Audi facilities, along with others, mark a national brand
initiative and concept for the automaker called, the “New World of Audi.”
McDonald’s renovated 18,600-square-foot service and sales facility is
highlighted by a well-manicured outdoor patio to view current Audi models as
well as a vast inventory of high-quality certified pre-owned vehicles. If the
weather does not cooperate, a client can explore ten vehicles in our glass
walled showroom. This facility features a relaxing lounge complete with a
plasma television, a fully stocked “quattro Cafe” and is complemented by a
computer workstation if your business mind calls you away.
“The McDonald Automotive Group and Audi are focused on a flawless customer
service experience supported by a benchmark product, a comfortable and
convenient showroom and a friendly, knowledgeable staff,” says Mr. McDonald.
“Now, we are bringing these elements together in a world-class facility.”
We are dually proud of our new Volkswagen sales and service facility.
This 23,700-square-foot structure also displays eight current products in the
Volkswagen lineup, as well as the capacity to service up to eighteen vehicles
at any given time. This remarkable building lends itself to customer
friendliness with a computer work center, customer cafe and a children’s
entertainment area. If nostalgia is what you seek, you will be pleased to
view one of the last original Volkswagen Beetles ever produced. This 1979
convertible has never been titled and has only 35 original miles. It is one
of the last one hundred models ever imported to the United States. This
structure is but another facet in the McDonald Automotive Group experience
… drivers wanted!
The collision center, located in the South Park Business Complex,
encompasses 47,000 square feet on approximately seven acres, setting the
benchmark in the industry for all collision centers. This facility features
three Garmat downflow paint booths with six Garmat body prep stations and four
laser measuring frame racks to ensure the most precise and high-quality repair
possible for your vehicle. This highly advanced repair facility incorporates
a well-appointed new vehicle pre-delivery center, as well as a full detail
shop supporting up to eight vehicles at one time.
The McDonald family has been selling and servicing Volkswagens from the
Littleton location since 1965, as well as providing sales and service for the
Audi product line since 1994. The family’s roots in the automotive business
go back to 1926 when McDonald’s father, Stanley, began selling Dodge
automobiles in Yakima, Wash., and followed with the opening of his own Dodge
store in Roswell, N.M., in 1949. Today, with three sons by his side, the
McDonald family owns and operates some of the largest and fastest growing Audi
and Volkswagen dealerships in the United States. Both franchises boast
rankings in the top 15 dealers in the nation. McDonald Automotive Group is
located on the 6000 block of South Broadway, Littleton, Colorado. In addition
to selling Volkswagen and Audi brand products, McDonald is proud to offer the
sales and service of Volvo, Mazda and Hyundai and pre-owned vehicles.
McDonald Automotive Group has three sales and service facilities supporting
five franchises and 271 employees. In addition, Douglas McDonald has served
as chairman, vice-chairman and district director for the Colorado Automobile
Dealers Association and chairman of the National Volkswagen Dealer Council.
In 1991, Time Magazine, in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealers
Association, honored him with the Quality Dealer Award. McDonald Automotive
Group shares their success with the community by supporting many charities and
clubs, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with an annual golf
Douglas McDonald, his three sons, and the entire staff at McDonald
Automotive Group are excited to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony at
7:15 p.m. (Audi) and at 8:15 p.m. (Volkswagen) on May 11 and will feature
Volkswagen of America President, Gerd Klauss, Audi of America Vice President,
Axel Mees, Vice President of Volkswagen, Len Hunt and several hundred of
McDonald’s customers and friends. There will be entertainment provided,
including a jazz guitarist to play in the Volkswagen facility as well as a
pianist in the new Audi showroom.
“Audi and Volkswagen are ahead of the curve in styling, technology and
retail concepts,” says Mr. McDonald. “With the Audi and Volkswagen Brands as
part of our feature line of vehicles, we have echoed their philosophies of
design and technology with our new sales and service facilities. We are
excited to welcome our past, present, as well as future customers.”