Hyundai Canada dealer network hits 200

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WINNIPEG, MAN. – Birchwood Hyundai became the 200th Hyundai dealer in Canada when it officially opened its doors to the public in Winnipeg.

“Birchwood Hyundai is the perfect choice for Hyundai to surpass the 200 dealer mark,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. 

“The city of Winnipeg is on a growth curve offering tremendous potential. When we were looking at our dealer development plans for this year, it was great to see that Winnipeg would take us to number 200 and help solidify Hyundai as one of Canada’s the fastest-growing automotive companies.”

The 19,000 square-foot facility is the fourth Hyundai dealership in the greater Winnipeg area. 

Birchwood Hyundai offers 14 service bays, 8-car indoor showroom and be managed by dealer principal Stephen Chipman. The Chipman name should be familiar to many Winnipeggers as the family holds investments in a number of local businesses, including the Winnipeg Jets NHL franchise that will soon return to the city.

“We’re really thrilled Birchwood Hyundai has become the 200th Hyundai dealer in Canada,” said Chipman. 

“We’re proud to be the newest addition to the growing Hyundai dealer family and to give customers in the city even more choice when they go looking for a new vehicle. Hyundai is a strong brand, offering vehicles with unmatched quality, style, fuel efficiency and value.  We believe it’s a combination that will appeal to many in Winnipeg.”

To date, Hyundai has achieved 32 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth. This performance has positioned Hyundai as Canada’s best-selling passenger car brand and fifth-largest automotive company overall. 

Hyundai’s new vehicle sales are up 9.2 per cent for the first eight months of 2011.