Langley becoming a horsepower capital with addition of Porsche

Juno Award winner Lights and a $1.3 million car were some of the features at the opening of the Porsche Centre Langley on May 6.

Aly Jiwani, the general manager, drove in a Porsche 918 through the crowd for the grand opening event. The $1.3 million vehicle was purchased by a Langley resident.

The Langley business is one of only two Porsche centres in the Greater Vancouver area.

OpenRoad Auto Group, started in 2000, owns the dealerships in the Auto Collection. The opening of Porsche alongside BMW, MINI, Infiniti and Audi leaves one spot left for a luxury dealership and that will be filled by Land Rover/Jaguar soon.

OpenRoad president and CEO Christian Chia made a point of telling the business people in the crowd that Langley City approved the development permit in eight days. (Other municipalities take months or more).

“I initially asked for an eight-car showroom,” Chia said.

The 42,000 square foot dealership has room for 20 vehicles as well as 14 service bays and three detailing bays.

Alexander Pollich, the president and CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, said the brand has seen a 48 per cent increase in sales over last year.

Valentina Barbieri came out from Vancouver to the grand opening of Porsche Centre Langley where she checked out the service bays and the luxury autos up on lifts. – Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance

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