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August 22, 2014

Audi Wichita opens for business

The German luxury car dealer opens in a temporary facility near the northwest corner of 13th and Greenwich

Audi Wichita opened for business on Friday.

Bobby Cuillo, president of Wichita Luxury Collection, the Audi dealership’s ownership group, said 31 of the German-made vehicles have been sold leading up to the official opening.

“I will tell you that’s a real testament to the brand,” he said.

The dealership is in a temporary, 4,000-square-foot building at 1575 N. Greenwich, which is on the grounds of Wichita Luxury Collection northwest of 13th and Greenwich.

Audi Wichita has an initial allotment of 70 Audis with another 35 available, Cuillo said.

He said plans are to begin construction on a permanent Audi building early next year. That building will be more than 30,000 square feet, equal to the size of the Mercedes-Benz and Lexus buildings that are operating there.

Cuillo said that Audi of America “is very aggressive” and its preference was to have the dealership operational before a permanent facility was constructed, which normally takes 16 to 18 months.

“We ended up agreeing with them and erected this temporary facility,” he said.

The dealership opened with 11 employees and two others who are “shared” with the group’s other dealerships, Cuillo said.

“There are plenty more … to add on as we continue to grow,” he said.

Cuillo said Audi comprises a 29-model lineup “plus variants of models,” with prices starting at $29,900.

In addition to Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, Wichita Luxury Collection operates Acura, AMG, Jaguar and Land Rover, Porsche and Sprinter. Cuillo said an opening for a new Jaguar and Land Rover dealership building has been set for July 2015.

In May 2015, it will begin construction on new dealership buildings for Acura and Porsche, Cuillo said.

The Acura, Porsche and Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships are currently located at Kellogg and Greenwich.

Wichita Luxury Collection is owned by Cuillo, Tom Devlin, Steve Hatchett and Roger Scholfield.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jsiebenmark.

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