Volvo volume — Outlook upbeat as dealership moves to giant, modern building — the unofficial flagship for carmaker … – Charleston Post Courier

The Volvo dealership for metro Charleston and the carmaker it depends on for new autos and vans have seen downs and ups this decade.

Volvo the producer is credited with an extended historical past of building sensible luxurious automobiles identified for security however in recent times, struggled to maintain onto market share in the United States as mannequin varieties dried up. All the whereas, the native Volvo outlet -- regardless of working with a veteran gross sales crew, service middle and employees -- turned more and more hemmed into an undersized house with little room to develop.

The tide turned for each producer and vendor starting in 2015, when Volvo revealed it could open an auto plant in Ridgeville, its first in the U.S. The corporate doubled down this summer season, asserting it could construct not solely the S60 sedan but in addition the XC90 SUV in Berkeley County. That pushed whole funding to $ billion from $500 million and jobs to greater than three,900, from 2,000.

The Charleston Volvo dealership, in a row of Savannah Freeway retailers below the Hendrick Automotive Group banner, earned a capital enchancment, too. Crews raised a  29,300-square-foot building on a spacious a part of the property, greater than 3 times bigger than the former locale and with a title change, as the proprietor added Hendrick in entrance of Volvo Vehicles of Charleston.

Charlotte-primarily based Hendrick Automotive Group on Oct. 24 formally opened the renamed Hendrick Volvo Vehicles of Charleston. It is deal with now's at 1464 Savannah Freeway, adjoining to Rick Hendrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM.

Notably, Hendrick Volvo Vehicles of Charleston is the closest dealership to Volvo's manufacturing operation, set to open in 2018.

Having first entered the market in 1980, Hendrick Automotive Group at present operates 18 franchises and employs greater than 850 individuals in Charleston and North Charleston.

"Charleston is essential to our firm," stated Rick Hendrick, chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. "With the unbelievable Volvo manufacturing plant coming to the space, our new dealership facility might be an incredible showplace for the model and afford our lengthy-standing clients the world-class gross sales and repair they really deserve. Hendrick Automotive Group stays dedicated to investing in the individuals and neighborhood of Charleston and North Charleston," he stated.

"The Charleston space is a terrific place for our teammates to stay and work," stated Dan Zarrillo, Hendrick Volvo Vehicles of Charleston normal supervisor. "Our new location won't solely present a premium dealership expertise, it can spotlight Volvo's spectacular new merchandise, together with the standard Volvo S60 sedan, which is able to quickly be manufactured proper up the highway. We additionally provide the award-profitable XC90, which might be constructed at the Berkeley County facility beginning in 2021."

Hendrick Volvo Vehicles of Charleston options 100 new and 80 pre-owned automobiles on web site with entry to greater than 43,000 new and pre-owned automobiles at HendrickCars.com, the group famous.

The splashy new 29,300-square-foot building sits on 6.eight acres and presents 25 service bays -- up from 10 in the former digs. "All the pieces has been up to date; the pc system, gear. Nothing was introduced down (right here)," Zarrillo stated. The skilled technicians, in fact, made the transfer to the new locale. "(Technician) Mark Crank, for instance, has been right here since 1986," he stated.

Laquentin Platt arrived in the previous yr from Volvo's specialised coaching program in Arizona. "I prefer it lots," stated Platt, a Florida native. The brand new operations "make it just a little bit simpler, not as time consuming." He enjoys the work and there is lots to do. "Oh, very busy," he stated.

The 1464 Savannah Freeway location gives quite a few buyer facilities together with free Wi-Fi, refreshments, a espresso bar, service loaner automobiles and complementary shuttle service to space companies and points of interest. A half dozen new automobiles, together with the new XC60 SUV, are parked about the open showroom.

The plush, glass dominated building a couple of hundred yards north of the earlier spot is geared to the native individuals who store, get their automobiles tuned and in any other case go to the West Ashley automotive retailer, Zarrillo instructed The Post and Courier lately. "I feel its extra about the buyer expertise," he stated. "Mr. Hendrick needs the whole lot first-class, to look towards the future," stated Zarrillo, who began with the Hendrick group at BMW in 2001, then moved to Lexus six years in the past earlier than assuming the Volvo dealership's prime spot a yr in the past.

The dealership expects no less than one new mannequin by spring, the a lot-awaited Volvo XC40 SUV -- a smaller, sporty crossover.

"Hendrick Volvo Vehicles of Charleston's progress is a results of our deal with teammates and clients," stated John Desmond, Hendrick Automotive Group market space vice chairman. "Very like how Volvo lately doubled its dedication to the new Berkeley County manufacturing operation, our new facility doubles its footprint with an expanded showroom, service space and parking entry off Savannah Freeway."

Open Monday by way of Saturday for gross sales, service and elements, Hendrick Volvo Vehicles of Charleston employs greater than 40 individuals. "We're trying to broaden our crew proper now: gross sales and technicians," Zarrillo stated. Go to HendrickCareers.com.

For extra  on Hendrick Volvo Vehicles of Charleston, go to www.hendrickvolvocars.com.

Encompassing 97 dealerships from the Carolinas to California, Hendrick Automotive Group is the largest privately held automotive retail group in the U.S. The corporate, headquartered in Charlotte, employs greater than 10,000 individuals in its dealerships and associated operations in 14 states. Go to www.HendrickAuto.com.

For extra info and images, go to www.postandcourier.com/automotive.

Attain Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.

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Volvo volume -- Outlook upbeat as dealership moves to giant, modern building -- the unofficial flagship for carmaker ... - Charleston Post Courier