Toyota dealership rolls out brand-new look

by Myron Love  . Nov 16 2018
Supplied renderingThe new Jim Pattison Toyota on Regent dealership is scheduled to open in September 2019.

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The new Jim Pattison Toyota on Regent dealership is scheduled to open in September 2019.

By this time next year, Frontier Toyota will have a new name and a brand-new look.

The Jim Pattison Auto Group — which acquired Winnipeg’s longest-standing Toyota dealer and its sister stores, Frontier Subaru and Frontier Auto Body from the Thompson Family in 2012 — has announced construction of a brand new 48,000-square-foot facility behind the current store on Regent Avenue.

When construction is completed, the current Frontier Toyota store will be torn down and the current name consigned to history.

“We will be incorporating the new Toyota Image requirements,” Jim Pattison Auto Group president Bill Harbottle says of the new store, which will be named Jim Pattison Toyota on Regent. “Ours will be the first Toyota store in Manitoba to conform to the new Toyota Image program. We are expanding the dealership significantly.”

The new Jim Pattison Toyota on Regent is scheduled to open for business in September 2019.

Along with the Toyota store, the Jim Pattison Auto Group’s two Subaru stores are also undergoing expansions. Frontier Subaru, currently on Pembina Highway, is being relocated to a brand new building at the Waverley Auto Mall.

While the new Frontier Subaru will take a little longer to equip than the new Toyota store, Harbottle says the new store is also expected to be ready for business by next September.

Jim Pattison Subaru — which shares the lot with the current Frontier Toyota store on Regent Avenue — has only been open for three years, but it is also undergoing an expansion which should be completed in early 2019.

“Our Subaru stores are experiencing a tremendous growth in market share in Winnipeg,” Harbottle says. “That is a reflection of Subaru’s growth in sales nationally, and we see sales continuing to grow.”

The Jim Pattison Group has also purchased a property on Dugald Road and is currently renovating and expanding the building on the site to become the new home of the former Frontier Auto Body, currently located south of the city on Pembina Highway. The new shop will be renamed Jim Pattison Collision and Glass.

Kirk Cancilla was promoted to general manager of both Frontier Toyota and sister store Jim Pattison Subaru on Regent in September. For the previous 18 months, Cancilla had served in the same capacity at Frontier Subaru. Cancilla has been in auto sales for more than 20 years. The Cancilla family had owned the former Auto Haus Volkswagen and Porsche stores.

Audi Winnipeg introduces2019 models

On Oct. 22, Audi Winnipeg hosted a special evening for close to 400 guests anxious to see the stars for Audi’s 2019 lineup.

Four new models were on display — the Q8, the all-new A8, the all-new A7 and the A6.

“There was a ton of interest in our new models,” says Audi Winnipeg general manager Gerald Boiteau. “We sold three Q8 models and two A7s during the course of the evening.”

He reports the dealership is forecasting a 32 per cent increase in sales for 2018.

ADESA Winnipeg contributesto United Way

On Nov. 1, ADESA Winnipeg’s president Gregg Maidment proudly presented a cheque for $25,000 to the United Way. The presentation took place just prior to the start of the weekly auction. Maidment noted the United Way supports more than 100 agencies and — indirectly — more than 250,000 Winnipeggers.

The target for this year’s campaign is a record $21 million. More than 600 workplaces across our city are expected to participate in United Way Winnipeg’s 2018 Campaign.

Vickar Auto Group supporting St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Radiothon

The Vickar Automotive Group is a lead sponsor for the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Radiothon of Hope and Healing being broadcast today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on radio stations CJOB, Peggy 99.1 and Power 97.

“Forty members of our workforce will be taking parts, answering the phones and helping out in other ways,” says Vickar Automotive Group president Larry Vickar.

Readers are encouraged to drop in and watch the broadcast in person at the St. Boniface Hospital’s Everett Atrium, where you can also buy 50/50 tickets and make a contribution in person.

You can also donate by phoning 204 237-7647 or going online at stbhf.org or if shopping Sobeys, Safeway or IGA store today, you can also contribute there.

For every donation of $10 or more, the stores will send a flower to a patient in the hospital.

Funds raised today are being earmarked for patient care, specialized equipment, and world-class research at St. Boniface Hospital.

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