Audi India opens first showroom in Orissa with Lara Dutta as guest
Audi, the new No 1 luxury car maker in India, has opened their 26th dealership today. This was opened in Orissa’s capital city, Bhubaneswar. At the opening ceremony, former Miss Universe and Bollywood actor, Lara Dutta was present.
The service station for Audi Bhubaneshwar will be operational within the next 5 months. It will be located behind the showroom itself, on NH-5, Cuttack – Bhubaneswar Highway, Orissa. Even though, Audi is the last to arrive in Orissa, compared to competitors, BMW and Mercedes, who are already present, they aim to become number one in Orissa within 6-12 months. (They were also the last to arrive in India, but are now the No 1). For more information, scroll through the media release below.
Audi India drives into Bhubaneswar; the No.1 luxury car maker expands footprint in Orissa
· Audi becomes the No.1 player in the Indian luxury car segment; strives for becoming No.1 in Orissa in next 6-12 months
· First ever Audi showroom in Orissa; second in Eastern India
· Spread over 11500 sq. ft. located in Utkal Signature, Bhubaneswar
· 26th world-class Audi showroom in India; to open 8 more showrooms in 2013
· High quality network growth is one of the three pillars of Audi’s growth strategy
Bhubaneswar, May 24, 2013 – Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today inaugurated its first world-class showroom in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The entire Audi India model range will be available for sale in this new showroom. This world-class showroom was inaugurated by Mr. Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India, Mr. Devjyoti Patnaik, Managing Director, Audi Bhubaneswar (M/S Jyote Premier Pvt. Ltd.) and leading Indian Bollywood actor, Ms. Lara Dutta.
“We have achieved stellar sales performance in FY 2012-13 and in the first quarter of 2013 and became the No.1 luxury car brand in India. Our dealer expansion strategy has helped us to tap the underlying growth potential of the luxury automotive market of India and reach the maximum number of potential buyers across the country. Customers in Tier II cities are exhibiting an increased appetite for luxury and are appreciative of the sportiness, progressiveness and sophistication that our brand offers. Orissa is a key market for us and I am confident that Audi Bhubaneswar will play an integral role in sustaining the momentum that Audi India has created in reaching the pole position,” said Mr. Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India.
Located in a landmark building of Bhubaneswar called the Utkal Signature, Audi Bhubaneswar is spread over a total area of 11,500 square feet making it the largest luxury car showroom in the state of Orissa. Audi Bhubaneswar has a honeycomb aluminum facade on the exterior. With a display area that can accommodate 14 Audi cars, the showroom will display the entire model range of Audi cars available in India. Furthermore, Audi Bhubaneswar will also house an Audi Shop and the Audi Exclusive elements, where customers can order customized products and purchase a variety of Audi branded merchandise.
“Each Audi dealership is not only a central retail outlet but also an expression of world-class promise to the brand enthusiasts and customers. Audi Bhubaneswar is at par with the showrooms we have in Munich and London in regards of standards, quality and site. The brand has set very high standards in service quality and customer care in the country. By the end of 2013, we will have at least 34 dealers pan-India, with plans for new dealerships in markets like Vadodara and Noida among others. It is important for us to be present wherever our customer is,” said Mr. Michael Perschke.
“It is a matter of great pride for us to be appointed as an Audi dealer and associate with a winner brand like Audi. The opening of this new showroom in Bhubaneswar marks the beginning of a longstanding association with Audi. Jyote Premiere has been associated with automobiles since 1996 and we will ensure that the customers are provided with a distinct luxury experience that the brand with the four rings is known for globally.” said Mr. Devjyoti Patnaik, Managing Director, Audi Bhubaneswar (M/S Jyote Premier Pvt. Ltd.).
Audi Bhubaneswar will also manage the exclusive Audi service facility in the next 5 months, which would be located behind the showroom on NH-5, Cuttack – Bhubaneswar Highway, Orissa. This facility would be spread over an area of 14,500 square feet and will have a capacity to service 15 cars per day in a single shift on a total of 09 bays along with body shop and paint shop. The technicians at the facility are trained to ensure world-class services to the customers.
Audi India zoomed past competition, taking ace position amongst German luxury car makers. Displaying stellar performance, Audi India continued to move ahead on its growth path in 2013 recording a sale of 770 units in April 2013 – a year-on-year growth of 37 percent over the same period last year (562 units: April 2012). The company registered a 19.6% growth YTD with sales of 3386 units from January to April 2013 (2831 units: Jan-April 2012).
Audi India plans to expand its network to 34 dealerships by the end of 2013 from its existing 26 centers. The company opened new showrooms in Mumbai South and Lucknow earlier this year. Last year also saw the opening of world-class Audi showrooms in Raipur, Kanpur, Goa, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi West, Nagpur and Bhopal. Further developments include Vadodara among others.
The Audi model range in India includes the Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A6 Special Edition, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A8L, Audi Q3, new Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi S4, Audi RS5 Coupé, Audi TT Coupé, the super sports car new Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder and the new Audi R8 V10 plus available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi South, Delhi West, Goa, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Mumbai West, Mumbai South, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Raipur and Surat.
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