World’s first PORSCHE NOW pop-up store opens in Richmond, B.C.

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September 17, 2019 (Richmond, B.C.) – The doors to the first-ever Porsche Now pop-up store officially opened today in Richmond, British Columbia, offering Porsche fans and owners a new one-of-a-kind Porsche brand experience unlike anywhere else in the world.

Located in Richmond’s Aberdeen Square, Porsche Now Richmond is the first retail outlet in the world to showcase the new Porsche Now design concept which was recently introduced by Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany. The state-of-the-art pop-up store is also the first collaboration between auto giants, OpenRoad Auto Group and the Dilawri Group of Companies ahead of their new flagship dealership, Porsche Centre Richmond, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in late 2020 in the Richmond Auto Mall.

“We’re driven by the desire to fuel Porsche passion by exceeding our customers’ expectations with extraordinary and memorable Porsche experiences in and outside of our dealerships,” said Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “We’re thrilled to partner with Porsche Canada and Dilawri Group to deliver on that promise with an enhanced customer experience at the new Porsche Now Richmond.”

“We are very excited to represent the Porsche brand in the Richmond market under the newPorsche Now concept,” said Ajay Dilawri, president of Dilawri Group of Companies. “We have endless passion for this brand and are committed to ensuring that we offer a great experience to our customers in all aspects of our business, and look forward to developing this new concept with our Porsche Canada and OpenRoad partners.”

Porsche Now Richmond is a new home for Porsche in Metro Vancouver, and provides customers with an intimate and interactive Porsche sales environment, as well as a convenient service drop off location. The new retail concept features an array of amenities with a design centre offering Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur items where customers can custom build their own Porsche in a configuration lounge based on their individual bespoke preferences. There is also a Porsche AR Augmented Reality visualizer for clients to experience their dream Porsche any time, everywhere.

The new Porsche Now Richmond is the only location in Canada to offer a Porsche Design shop, featuring an exclusive lifestyle brand of puristic design and products in the areas of sportswear and fashion, timepieces, eyewear, electronics, and bags and luggage.

At Porsche Now Richmond, modern design, technology and art are combined to produce a truly captivating customer experience. One entrance of the pop-up store features an endless mirror room and a custom children's Porsche 911 Carrera art piece symbolizing endless opportunities. The store will also showcase rotating exhibitions by local artists with a permanent feature wall that is a graffiti-style mural commissioned by local Chinese-Canadian designer and graffiti artist, Carson Ting. The mural represents Ting’s dynamic vision of the Porsche brand as well as Richmond’s deep heritage as B.C.’s most culturally diverse community. Customers can also experience unique in-store Porsche 3D mapping and interactive images projected onto the showroom vehicles to animate and bring each vehicle to life.

The opening of Porsche Now Richmond comes on the heels of the launch of the 2020 Porsche 911 during recent events at both OpenRoad’s Porsche Centre Langley and Dilawri’s Porsche Centre Vancouver. It is the 8th generation of the iconic Porsche 911 sports car.

Porsche Now Richmond is open daily except Sundays at 8060 Cambie Road in Richmond. For more information, visit PorscheRichmond.ca and follow Porsche Now Richmond on Facebook or Instagram.

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,500 associates representing 21 quality automotive brands at 32 full-service retail locations, including 25 B.C. dealerships, three collision centres, and four luxury automotive brands in Bellevue, Washington. OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. With a focus on transparent and innovative business practices, OpenRoad associates are empowered in their roles in order to establish lifelong relationships with car owners. The company’s corporate philosophy is rooted in Unlimited Possibilities Ahead for their clients, their associates and partners. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com

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, visit dilawri.ca.

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Burrard Group transforms city skyline and sets precedent with construction of NEXUS Seattle

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Burrard Group transforms city skyline and sets precedent with construction of NEXUS, the first new mixed-use tower in Seattle’s burgeoning new East Village

Now 93% presold, Burrard Community Care Team launches to serve new homeowners. 

August 1, 2019 (Seattle, WA) – With just months to go until the completion of NEXUS, the Burrard Group is in the final phase of construction of a new architectural landmark and next generation mixed-use condominium tower that will be the first of its kind to complete in an emerging new multi-billion dollar urban living core in Seattle’s East Village. Construction of NEXUS was recently topped off during a special ceremony attended by buyers and stakeholders where the precedent-setting project was celebrated as an iconic symbol of an exciting new era for the community.

Now standing tall at the corner of Minor and Howell Street, NEXUS has reached its maximum height of 440 feet and 41 stories high, offering never-seen-before city and ocean views from a dynamic new vantage point. With its series of sky high glass cubes each offset by 8-degrees, NEXUS is elevating the East Village to new heights and turning heads for its striking architecture, modern design, outstanding technology, incredible amenities and central location, while attracting a range of buyers from high tech executives, business professionals, to local and international investors.

“It’s exciting to see our vision for NEXUS come to life and to build the first new tower in the center of a burgeoning new community,” said Christian Chan, CEO of the Burrard Group. “We’re very pleased with the progress so far and look forward to welcoming our buyers into their new homes early next year.”

Since presales launched in June of 2016, the project has been largely credited for kick-starting the condominium presale market and has become one of downtown Seattle’s most successful high-rise presale developments with 93% of the 389 units already presold with only 28 homes remaining. The remaining units are premier condos and penthouses comprised of one, two and three bedroom homes ranging from $1 million to $2.7 million.

With construction at NEXUS now topped off and the remaining home inventory reintroduced, the Burrard Group has hired a Community Care Team to focus on assisting buyers through the final process of becoming new homeowners. This specialized team will host a series of special events over the next few months to provide homeowners with formal project updates and details about the move-in process, while giving them a chance to meet and mingle with their new neighbours.

Once completed, NEXUS will offer advanced modern design meets state-of-the-art technology to create a never before enjoyed Seattle lifestyle. NEXUS will serve as a vertical village, where luxurious units will be complemented by common spaces that include guest suites, co-working spaces, a media room, Sky Lounge, outdoor entertaining areas with fireplaces and barbecues, and more. The NEXUS 24/7 concierge and security staff will not only attend to daily hospitality needs but also programs current selections of music, lighting controls and digital artwork scenes that range from vibrant to serene - a daily encounter in perfect calibration to the changing case of the city. Burrard Group has also programmed a state-of-the-art, all-in-one NEXUS Resident App that allows homeowners to control in-home devices with the opportunity to control climate, lighting, entertainment, security and window coverings. The app also integrates with the building systems like building access, home-front door, gym equipment and package lockers, and booking of building amenities, scheduling of classes as well as connecting with their community. At the very core of NEXUS is a comprehensive collection of specialty purpose rooms, furnishings, equipment and technology programmed to add convenience and utility everyday - for live, work and play.

The new NEXUS Presentation Centre for sales of the remaining units is expected to open in the Fall of 2019. For more information about the NEXUS Seattle, visit www.nexusseattle.com. High resolution photos, interviews and site tours available upon request.

ABOUT THE BURRARD GROUP
NEXUS is being developed by The Burrard Group, a Vancouver, B.C.-based company with offices in Vancouver and Seattle, with an impressive track record of landmark communities and investments around the Pacific Rim. Founded in the late 70s, the Burrard Group is known for building and managing a diverse portfolio of master-planned communities, multi-family and single-family residential developments, commercial space, resort hotel properties and golf courses. Burrard Group’s outstanding commitment to quality and innovation has garnered over 40 industry awards, including Best Residential Development, Builder of the Year, Best Customer Service, Best Technical Innovation and many more. In addition to NEXUS Seattle, the Burrard Group portfolio of properties includes Makali’ and Wailea Golf Club in Maui; Parc 55, 455 Market,1288 Howard, 33 Norfolk and 1001 California St, in San Francisco; the Burrard Building, Eugenia Place and Deer Ridge in Vancouver; Crystal Lodge in Whistler, plus various golf course developments throughout B.C. including, Furry Creek, Arbutus Ridge, Nicklaus North, Gallagher’s Canyon, Olympic View and Deer Ridge. For more information, visit www.burrardgroup.com

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MICHAEL DI MEO TO COMPETE IN THE PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE CANADA WITH OPENROAD RACING

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May 6, 2019 (Vancouver, B.C.) - OpenRoad Racing is pleased to announce that Michael Di Meo has been selected to join OpenRoad Racing as the team’s new lead driver in the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. The up-and-coming professional race car driver from Richmond Hill, Ontario was chosen based on his outstanding performance during his rookie year in the 2018 Porsche GT3 competition where he secured two strong podium finishes. Di Meo’s first race with OpenRoad Racing will be on May 17th during the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

“We were really impressed with what Michael brought to the track during last year’s competition so when it came time to select a new lead driver, he was our top pick,” said Christian Chia, Founder of OpenRoad Racing and CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “We believe Michael has the skills and talent to become one of Canada’s top drivers, and we look forward to helping him reach his full potential during the upcoming race season.”

In 2018, Di Meo competed in his first Porsche GT3 Cup Canada and managed to secure two podium finishes while placing in the top five spots, five times. Di Meo succeeded in becoming OpenRoad Racing’s new lead driver following successful partnerships with professional race car driver, Remo Ruscutti from 2017 to 2018, and two-time Porsche GT3 Cup Champion, Scott Hargrove from 2014 to 2016. In 2014, Scott Hargrove won the top spot as the lead racer with OpenRoad Racing, claiming the Porsche GT3 Championship Cup. The 2019 race series will be OpenRoad’s sixth time participating in the national motorsports competition.

Michael began his racing career in kart racing at the young age of seven, and over the next 11 years he progressed through the various ranks of kart racing to compete at the highest level throughout North America. In 2013, he began his race car driving career and one year later, in his rookie year, he won a record-tying eight races and successfully secured the top spot in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Championship. In 2018, Di Meo competed in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge with Policaro Motorsport where he worked hard to claim two podium spots. 

This year, Di Meo will be behind the wheel of No. 96 OpenRoad Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 at six races in the series where he is expected to improve upon the success of his rookie season. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada is a one-make racing series based in Canada utilizing Porsche 911 GT3s. The Canadian race car series features semi-professional drivers racing head to head in one of the largest single-make series in North America. The multi-class structure of the series teaches drivers essential skills for an eventual career in Porsche Supercup or the American Le Mans Series. The series is divided into two classes; the Platinum Cup, featuring the more powerful Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 991.2 cars, and the Gold Cup, which includes the older 991.1 model. The series is sanctioned by the International Motorsports Association, and is a development series to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada race series schedule is follows:

May 17-19: Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, ON

June 7-9: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, QC

July 5-7: Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, ON

July 12-14: Streets of Toronto
Honda Indy Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

August 2-4: Road America
Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

September 27-29: Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC
For more information, visit the Porsche GTS Cup Challenge website.

ABOUT OPENROAD RACING
Founded in 2004, the OpenRoad racing team is spearheaded by Christian Chia and his two brothers – all of whom are race car drivers themselves and have competed in races all over the world. Their race history includes winning the championship at the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and then winning second place in 2016 with Scott Hargrove; the 2017 and 2018 GT3 Cup Challenge with race car driver, Remo Ruscitti, the 2014 Asia GT3 Challenge, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (2010-2012); and the Asian Formula Renault Challenge (2004-2008); Macau Grand Prix, Macau GT Cup (2008).

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,400 associates representing 20 quality automotive brands at 28 full-service retail locations, including 23 B.C. dealerships, three collision centres, and four luxury automotive brands in Bellevue, Washington. OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com

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Race car driver, Michael Di Meo to compete with OpenRoad Racing in the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada.

Race car driver, Michael Di Meo to compete with OpenRoad Racing in the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada.

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS VANCOUVER HONOURED WITH 2018 ‘INSPIRING GREATNESS’ AWARD

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS VANCOUVER HONOURED WITH 2018 ‘INSPIRING GREATNESS’ AWARD

OpenRoad Auto Group recognized for bringing the Rolls-Royce brand to life in its May 2018 showroom debut and Cullinan introduction

• May 17, 2018 American premiere of Cullinan at the grand opening of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver
• Festivities brought the world’s leading luxury brand to life including a real-life Spirit of Ecstasy performance artist
• Showroom was the first stand-alone Rolls-Royce building in the Americas
• The event featured the American reveal of Cullinan, the brand’s first-ever SUV
• Nearly 200 guests including top media experienced the world class luxury event

April 30, 2019 (Vancouver, B.C.) - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver has been recognized for its prowess in bringing the world’s most venerable brand to life with the marque’s coveted ‘Inspiring Greatness Award’ for 2018. Reserved for the most engaging and outstanding dealer client activity that embodies the brand promise and attitude of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Vancouver team received the award for the festivities surrounding the opening of its new showroom that included the Americas-wide debut of the all-new Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

“It’s an honor to be singled out for the way we do business,” said Christian Chia, Principal of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver. “Our goal is not to be the biggest, rather, we strive to share the beauty and inspiration of the Rolls-Royce brand with every one of our clients and potential clients.” He added, “We had the distinct honor of introducing the new Cullinan to all of the Americas during the opening of our magnificent new showroom. It was a perfect intersection of events for the brand.”

In creating this truly inspirational event for Vancouver, Canada and the entire Americas, Chia commented, “Cullinan was our muse, an unparalleled catalyst to inspire greatness through creativity and results.” The event reflected two facets of Cullinan, offering a Diamond Room and an Adventure Room. The world had never before seen a vehicle showcased on an onyx diamond LED platform imported from Brazil. The celebration also included a custom Rolls-Royce infinity mirror room of 88 candles endlessly illuminating a Spirit of Ecstasy living sculpture. Snow fell from the gobo-inspired sky while a 3D deer looked on from a cinematic mountain range inside the forested Adventure Room. All the while, guests sipped a flaming pine-infused mezcal while dining on lobster claw charcoal sliders, A5 wagyu sushi and salmon lollipops with silver leaf cotton candy.

“In 2018 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver inspired not only its clients, but also the entire Rolls-Royce family with this program,” said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor America. He added, “We are a brand that each of our clients aspire to in their own way. We build cars that inspire people who do great things. And it’s only fitting when we recognize that inspiration excellence among our family of dealers.”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ new facility in Vancouver remains a showcase for the brand. Inside the Bespoke lounge, clients personalize their new vehicle from more than 44,000 available exterior colors and a wide variety of textiles and interior materials ranging from the highest quality leather to high-tech carbon fiber. Working together with a team of expert colour, material and design consultants in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, the Bespoke process is what makes these cars exclusive and unique. In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered significant bespoke activity in North America in more than 80% of all vehicles commissioned.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is one of 44 Rolls-Royce Motor Car retail partners in the Americas, including 37 in the United States, 4 in Canada, 2 in South America and one in Mexico. Last year the company delivered 4,107 units for a record year of growth. The Americas remains the largest global region for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where about one-third of all commissions are delivered. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars develops and delivers the world’s ultimate luxury vehicles. Each Rolls-Royce Motor car is hand crafted at the company’s state-of-the-art assembly facility in Goodwood, England.

For a full suite of photos and videos of the event, CLICK HERE.

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ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,400 associates representing 20 quality automotive brands at 28 full-service retail locations, including 23 B.C. dealerships, three collision centres, and four luxury automotive brands in Bellevue, Washington. OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com

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THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST’S FIRST MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE DEALERSHIP CELEBRATED DURING THE MCLAREN BELLEVUE LAUNCH PARTY AT THE DRIVERS CLUB

New state-of-the-art luxury dealership for Bentley Lamborghini McLaren and Rolls-Royce announced during the exclusive event.

Bellevue, WA (December 13, 2018) – OpenRoad Auto Group and close to two hundred guests celebrated the launch of the first McLaren Automotive dealership in the Pacific Northwest during the official launch party for McLaren Bellevue at the Drivers Club on December 12th. The exclusive event coincided with the unveiling of plans for a new state-of-the art luxury dealership for Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Bellevue, Washington. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent acquisition of all four automotive brands by OpenRoad Auto Group and reinforces the company’s position as a leading automotive dealership group.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring McLaren to this very important market in North America for the first time,” said Christian Chia, CEO at OpenRoad Auto Group and owner of Bentley Lamborghini McLaren and Rolls-Royce Bellevue. “We’re also pleased to announce plans for a new dealership in Bellevue that will not only house McLaren, but also Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The facility is expected to become a destination for owners and enthusiasts of all four luxury supercar brands and a flagship dealership in the Pacific Northwest.”

OpenRoad will be breaking ground on the new site for Bentley Lamborghini McLaren and Rolls-Royce Motors Cars of Bellevue in early 2019 with plans to open the new dealership in the late summer of 2020. The 3.6-acre site located at 13617 NE 20th Street will soon be the home of a 22,000 square foot sales and service centre that will include 23 service and detail bays, a large luxurious showroom and customer lounge, plus an additional 10,000 square feet of flex space for special events. Until the new dealership is complete, customers of McLaren, Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce are encouraged to visit the temporary showroom located at 1882 136th Place Northeast in Bellevue.

The McLaren Bellevue launch party was hosted at the new Drivers Club in Redmond, an exclusive social club that offers vehicle storage and management. Guests were treated to curated experiences from nearly every edge of the world with performances from a violinist-extremist from Alaska, dishes from the Pacific Northwest and Asia by Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi, delights from Canada's culinary Olympian, décor from Florida, and most importantly spectacular cars from the UK. For more information about McLaren Bellevue, please visit McLarenBellevue.com

High resolution photos available upon request.

About OpenRoad Bellevue

OpenRoad’s Bellevue showroom is the only place for Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana luxury car owners, both current and aspiring, to purchase new Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren and Roll-Royce Motor Cars models. These exotic vehicles are 100-percent customizable to the owners’ requests. Whether seeking an interior the color of a specific article of clothing, or a dashboard displaying artwork from their favorite photographer, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren or Rolls-Royce owners are able to customize their vehicles to fit their wants, needs and lifestyle. Visit all OpenRoad’s Bellevue dealerships online at BentleyofBellevue.com LamborghiniofBellevue.com McLarenBellevue.com and Rolls-RoyceBellevue.com.

About McLaren Automotive

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sports cars and supercars. The company, launched in 2010, is now the largest part of the McLaren Group. Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England. The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world. McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fiber chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fiber chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hyper-car, the McLaren P1™. Announced in 2016, the company’s Track22 business plan will see the company invest £1billion in research and development to deliver 15 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least half will be hybrids. 2017 saw the company launch further models in line with Track22 including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sports cars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world-leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille. cars.mclaren.com

About OpenRoad Auto Group

OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,300 associates representing 20 quality automotive brands at 27 full-service retail locations, including 23 B.C. dealerships, three collision centres, and four luxury automotive brands in Bellevue, Washington. OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. OpenRoadAutoGroup.com

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OpenRoad Auto Group unveils the new dawn of driving with launch of PORTFOLIO, Canada’s first all-inclusive, multi-brand luxury car subscription service.

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 (Vancouver, B.C.) – Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group, B.C.’s largest automotive retail group, unveiled the new dawn of driving today with the launch of PORTFOLIO by OpenRoad, Canada’s first all-inclusive, multi-brand luxury car subscription service offering consumers the freedom to experience luxury on their own terms.

As of today, Metro Vancouver car enthusiasts can sign up for the application-based subscription program and drive up to four new luxury cars per month from brands like Porsche, Land Rover, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Genesis, Infiniti and Audi for one flat monthly fee. The service makes it easier than ever to get behind the wheel of your dream car. Each PORTFOLIO subscription includes comprehensive vehicle insurance, maintenance, pick-up and delivery through a 24-hour concierge service.

With the launch of PORTFOLIO, Canadians will finally have a luxury car subscription that offers variety and a flexible premium driving experience that suits their changing needs and desires on a monthly basis – all with a simple swipe on their smartphone.

“These days consumers are seeking more variety in their driving experience beyond the traditional car ownership model,” said Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “We’re excited to be able to offer a new option that will be attractive to a growing consumer segment - one that delivers more convenience, a lower level of commitment, and flexible access to more dream cars, more often.”

Unlike other Canadian car subscription services, PORTFOLIO is the only all-inclusive, multi-brand car subscription to offer a line up of 25 new model cars, representing over nine different luxury brands. In addition, PORTFOLIO is the only Canadian monthly car subscription to allow more than one flip per month, accommodating up to four car changes per month. Subscribers can choose from three exclusive packages – $2,499 per month for six months, $2,999 for three months or $3,499 for a month to month subscription. There is also a one-time initiation fee of $750. Drivers must be a minimum of 21 years old and have a clean driving record. The first cars will be delivered as of January 1, 2019.

Reports show that today’s culture of instant gratification and impulse purchases are driving the car subscription service model with many examples of successful programs in the United States and select manufacturer-driven programs in Canada. OpenRoad believes PORTFOLIO will be appealing to luxury car enthusiasts, affluent professionals and business executives, particularly those with client-facing professions. 

OpenRoad partnered with Clutch Technologies, a leading software platform provider with a proven track record for helping many U.S. based companies deploy successful car subscription programs. Given the success of the program, the company has plans to expand the service from high end luxury to a mid-level line up of cars by next year.

With the launch of PORTFOLIO, OpenRoad Auto Group proves, once again, that it is a leading Canadian innovator. As B.C.’s largest automotive retail company and a multi-award winning, progressive organization led by CEO, Christian Chia, BC’s 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, OpenRoad has a track record for innovation and is proud to be leading the pack in this new category within the Canadian automotive industry.

For more information about PORTFOLIO, visit PortfoliobyOpenRoad.com or download the application for iPhone and Android. High resolution photos are available in the PORTFOLIO photo gallery online here. Interviews, demonstrations and test drives are available upon request.

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ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP

OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,300 associates representing 19 quality automotive brands at 26 full-service retail locations, including 23 dealerships and 3 collision centres. dealerships, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com

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Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Pacific Winner

Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Pacific Winner

The automotive retail industry entrepreneur is being recognized for his innovation and success in a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry.

VANCOUVER, BC (Sept. 28, 2018) - Christian Chia, Chief Executive Officer of OpenRoad Auto Group Limited, British Columbia's largest-volume dealership group, has earned the prestigious distinction as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Pacific winner. Chia was chosen as the Pacific region’s top entrepreneur and an industry trailblazer from an elite group of 35 finalists based on his proven success and leadership in the automotive retail and service industry. 

“It is a tremendous honour to be recognized amongst such an esteemed group of entrepreneurs,” said Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “At OpenRoad, we’ve worked very hard to stay ahead of competition and to offer a superior car ownership experience at every turn, so this award is truly a testament to the dedication of the entire OpenRoad team.”

Established in 1978 as Multiland Investment, the small, family-run business of one car dealership eventually grew to four stores and three brands by the time Christian became president in 1998. He then led the transition from Multiland to OpenRoad in 2000 and has since paved the road for explosive growth. Today, OpenRoad is the largest auto retailer in BC, with 26 retail locations, including 23 dealerships and 3 collision centres.

"Christian is taking a fresh approach to differentiate OpenRoad in a mature market," says Lui Petrollini, Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Program Director. "Loyalty marketing, predictive analytics and multi-channel platforms are just some of the tactics he's embraced to create a personalized and trusting experience — both online and in-store."

OpenRoad continues to invest in a culture of experimentation by implementing tools, such as a first-in-Canada custom payment platform known as Payment Engine and a custom peer-recognition social application called the OpenRoad Heart program, and with employee learning like their internal Leadership Development Program.

"One of OpenRoad's biggest strengths is understanding its people," says Petrollini. "Buying a car is a big investment decision for many people, and the experience often doesn't end at the point of purchase. Christian aims to build on that by delivering an engaged and meaningful car ownership experience from one end of the customer journey to the other." 

Christian's perseverance to experiment and explore new markets has allowed OpenRoad to overcome the size and legacy of longstanding competitors in the BC market. The company now employs 1,300 staff and has recently expanded into Washington state where the company now owns and manages Bentley of Bellevue, Lamborghini Bellevue, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bellevue and McLaren Bellevue.

As the Pacific region's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 winner as well as earning the top spot in the Business to Consumer category, Christian will now compete with top entrepreneurs from the Prairies, Ontario, Atlantic and Quebec regions for the national honour of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Canada, to be presented at a gala celebration on 29 November 2018 in Toronto. In June 2019, Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.

For full program details, visit ey.com/ca/eoy.

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About OpenRoad Auto Group
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,300 associates representing 19 quality automotive brands at 26 full-service retail locations, including 23 dealerships and 3 collision centres. dealerships, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

The 2018 Pacific independent judging panel consists of Charles Chang, President & Founder, Lyra Growth Partners Inc.; Debra Hewson, President & CEO, Odlum Brown; Sacha McLean, Partner, McLean Group; Ali Pejman, Partner, Fort Capital Partners; Lisa Shields, Founder & CEO, FI.SPAN Services Inc.; Bill Tam, Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster; Cathy Thorpe, President & CEO; Nurse Next Door; and Marsha Walden, President & CEO, Destination British Columbia.

This year's program national sponsors are ICI RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Media One Creative, Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada and The Printing House Limited. Pacific regional sponsors are Leone, Canada Wide Media, Hunt Personnel, Rocky Mountaineer and the University of British Columbia.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tanis Sullivan
Tanis Sullivan Communications
604-230-8008
tanis@tanissullivan.com

 

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B.C. PORSCHE OWNERS TO GATHER AT PORSCHE CENTRE LANGLEY FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL PORSCHE RALLY ON SEPTEMBER 22

B.C. PORSCHE OWNERS TO GATHER AT PORSCHE CENTRE LANGLEY FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL PORSCHE RALLY ON SEPTEMBER 22

September 19, 2018 (Langley, B.C.) – Seventy Porsche owners along with their prized Porsche sportscars will gather at Porsche Centre Langley on September 22 to kickstart the annual Porsche Rally charity drive to Whistler. Leading the pack will be the CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group, Christian Chia who will be driving a rare Porsche GT3 valued at $259,990 and decaled with a custom wrap designed especially for the rally. 

"It's going to be an impressive array of vehicles revving up outside our dealership on Saturday morning," said Adam Ma, General Sales Manager of Porsche Centre Langley. "For anyone who loves Porsche, I’d invite them to stop by and take in the sights and sounds of what will be an outstanding display of vehicles.”

The Porsche Rally is organized by Luxury Alliance Group, the same organization that puts on the Diamond Rally and Luxury & Super Car Weekend and is designed to bring the Porsche community from the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver together to network and celebrate their passion for Porsche while raising funds for the Pemberton Firefighters Association. The rally will culminate in Whistler with a group dinner at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler.

Invited Porsche models include 911 GTS, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera, 911 R, 911 Turbo S, 911 Turbo, 918, Porsche Carrera GT, GT2, GT2 RS, GT3 RS, GT3, GT4, Boxster Spyder, Carrera 4, Singer, RWB and RUF. Proceeds from the Porsche Rally will support the Pemberton Firefighters.

What: Porsche Rally starting at Porsche Centre Langley
When: Saturday, September 22, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Where: Starts at Porsche Centre Langley, 6016 Collection Drive, Langley
Register: www.porscherally.com

The media is invited to attend the launch of the Porsche Rally at Porsche Centre Langley. High resolution event photos and on-site media interviews are available upon request.
For more information about OpenRoad Auto Group and Porsche Centre Langley visit openroadautogroup.com and porschelangley.com. To register for the 2018 Porsche Rally, visit porscherally.com.

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,200 associates representing 19 quality automotive brands at 23 full-service car dealerships. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT

Tanis Sullivan
Tanis Sullivan Communications
(604) 230-8008
tanis@tanissullivan.com

ANGELL HASMAN & ASSOCIATES WELCOMES TANIS SULLIVAN TO VANCOUVER’S PREMIER LUXURY REAL ESTATE AGENCY

September 5, 2018 (West Vancouver, B.C.) - Angell Hasman & Associates Realty, Greater Vancouver’s premier luxury real estate agency, is pleased to welcome veteran public relations professional, Tanis Sullivan to their elite firm comprised of world-class luxury real estate specialists serving the Greater Vancouver area.

“I’ve known Tanis for several years through her work in the luxury automotive sector and have always been impressed with her skills, professionalism and strong work ethic,” said Malcolm Hasman, Partner at Angell Hasman & Associates. “She’s a welcome addition to our organization and I’m confident she will be extremely successful in her new role marketing some of the region’s most exclusive real estate properties.”

Tanis brings two decades of public relations experience to the Angell Hasman & Associates team. As the owner of the boutique public relations consultancy, Tanis Sullivan Communications, Tanis has a long history of marketing some of the world’s top luxury brands including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Bentley, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz while managing multi-million dollar national campaigns for clients in a range of sectors. Prior to joining Angell Hasman, Tanis also partnered with many top Vancouver real estate developers, including Naikoon Contracting, Lanstone Homes, DMRC Properties and Concord Pacific Group to successfully position and market their brands and individual properties.

As a third-generation realtor and the daughter of a home builder, Tanis’ passion for real estate, comes naturally. She has lived throughout Vancouver, White Rock, the Fraser Valley and the North Shore and has extensive knowledge of many local communities. She is proud to call West Vancouver home and believes strongly in the future of the area as one of the best places to live, work and play in British Columbia.

As a realtor, Tanis is a strong advocate for her clients to ensure a stress-free and profitable transaction every time. Whether she’s working with buyers or sellers, she brings her strong communications experience, marketing skills and solid negotiation experience to provide superior real estate services. Tanis has a proven track record for building trust based on her strong work ethic, consummate professionalism, and her ability to deliver outstanding results with each and every transaction.

For more information about Tanis Sullivan Real Estate, visit tanissullivanrealty.com.

ABOUT ANGELL HASMAN & ASSOCIATES REALTY
Estabished in 1996, Angell Hasman & Associates has set the standard for residential real estate as an independent, boutique firm specializing in luxury properties and comprised of award-winning, accomplished, elite real estate professionals. As Vancouver’s premier real estate agency, Angell Hasman is a respected industry leader in marketing some of Greater Vancouver's most select luxury real estate. The agency’s combined experience and broad knowledge of fine real estate is unmatched in the industry. The company’s sophisticated, state-of-the-art marketing systems and high level of customer service are the reasons Angell Hasman and Associates is regarded as Greater Vancouver’s top luxury real estate firm. For more information, visit angellhasman.ca

MEDIA CONTACT
Tanis Sullivan
604.230.8008
tanis@tanissullivan.com

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver to publicly debut the ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN for the first time in Western Canada during Luxury & Supercar Weekend, September 8 & 9th

VANCOUVER, B.C. (September 4, 2018) – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, part of OpenRoad Auto Group, will publicly debut the luxury auto maker’s most anticipated new model of all time, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan during Luxury & Supercar Weekend, September 8 and 9th at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Select media are being invited to preview the event on September 7th from 11:30 to 1:30 pm. Interviews will be available with Steven Wu, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver Brand Manager in Mandarin and English at 12:00 PM. 

The Cullinan is Rolls-Royce like never seen before. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ first foray into the luxury sport utility and is considered the most significant new model in the brand’s century long heritage. The elegant Cullinan SUV offers uncompromised luxury by adapting Rolls-Royce’s signature Architecture of Luxury design into a versatile, family oriented, super-luxury SUV with a host of bespoke features. The 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine delivers 563bhp/420kW and 850Nm/627lb-ft of torque to the all-new Rolls-Royce All-Wheel Drive. A four-wheel steering system provides never-before-seen handling. The entire package makes Cullinan capable of overcoming any challenge while still delivering the world-renowned “Rolls-Royce Magic Carpet Ride.’ 

In May 2018, OpenRoad Auto Group opened the new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver dealership located at 1809 West 5th Avenue on Vancouver’s west side which replaces the former dealership located just a few blocks away. The 4,500 square foot, two level luxury automotive retail centre offers an elegant showroom featuring high end finishes, premium architectural details and space for up to six Rolls-Royce models. The new dealership is currently the only stand-alone Rolls-Royce dealership in Canada. All other Canadian stores combine Rolls-Royce with other luxury car brands like Karma or Lamborghini.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is currently the top Canadian volume dealer and one of the top selling Rolls-Royce dealerships in the world. OpenRoad Auto Group acquired the Vancouver Rolls-Royce retail store in 2014, and just last year purchased a second Rolls-Royce dealership in Bellevue, Washington along with an established Bentley and Lamborghini retail facility. 

Visit the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Press Club at press.rolls-roycemotorcars.com for the full Cullinan press kit. For details about Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, visit rolls-roycemotorcars-vancouver.com. For more information about the 2018 Luxury & Supercar Weekend, visit luxurysupercar.com

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP

OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,200 associates representing 19 quality automotive brands at 23 full-service car dealerships. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com.

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