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Waikato Business News October/November 2017

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Waikato Business News October/November

Introducing the new home of Introducing the new home of SPECIAL ADVERTISING WRAP SPECIAL ADVERTISING WRAP Te Rapa build exciting moment for Duncan & Ebbett THE PHENOMENAL POPULARITY OF THE NEWEST MODELS HAS PROMPTED A MOVE TO A SPECTACULAR NEW SITE IN TE RAPA FOR DUNCAN & EBBETT’S JAGUAR LAND ROVER , VOLVO, PEUGEOT AND CITROEN DEALERSHIP. The 10,000 square metre site right next to The Base precinct, set to open in early December, will be New Zealand’s only greenfields, purpose-built Jaguar Land Rover showroom. Duncan & Ebbett director Craig Duncan says the business has outgrown its Tristram St site, having already once extended into new showroom and garage facilities. The dealership has grown significantly over the last six years; it now has 50 staff across “It’s been a massive process but it’s been a great project and we’ve had a fantastic client to work with because Craig has allowed us the freedom to be creative.” – Noel Jessop, Noel Jessop Architecture Hamilton and Tauranga sites and has won multiple awards including Jaguar Land Rover Retailer of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. The new Duncan & Ebbett on the corner of Mahaanga Drive and Te Kowhai Rd, will provide vastly improved accessibility and comfort for customers and staff and is a just a short stroll from The Base’s shops. With luxurious facilities for customers, the highly visual site will create a landmark, displaying Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo, Peugeot and Citroen brands which are so recognised all around the world in two separate, state-of-the-art showrooms. Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be displayed in a 10 car showroom and Volvo, Peugeot and Citroen vehicles in a multiple car showroom alongside. The new workshop facilities will also be state-of-the-art and unlike any other in the Waikato for Duncan & Ebbett’s team of 12 highly skilled technicians. The extra space at the Te Rapa site will also be able to provide a higher level of customer experience with easier access, more parking and the ability to display more of a range of new and used vehicles for customers. The timing couldn’t be better to heavily invest in the five iconic vehicle brands that Duncan & Ebbett represents. Jaguar is emerging as New Zealand’s fastest growing luxury car manufacturer and sales of Land Rovers have surged over the last five years. Sales of the global success story, the F-PACE – Jaguar’s entry into the luxury SUV market – have outstripped direct competitors. Jaguar Land Rover NZ operations manager Ben Montgomery says the brand is proving popular with Kiwi car owners. Jaguar Land Rover has had a phenomenal rise in sales, says Craig. “We’ve also had the new Land Rover Discovery 5 while the New Range Rover Velar has just arrived and there is huge interest in that car. “Next year we will have the E-PACE Jaguar which is a compact SUV model and then later in the year the I-PACE which is a fully electric car with “It was always going to be a very impressive complex from day one – quite a significant complex for Hamilton. It has come up very very well and I’m really pleased with the result.” – Jeff Downey, managing director, Downey Construction Continues next page

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