By EMILY KUBIS
Porsche of Nashville openedits doors in Brentwood last week and will host a grand opening Thursday.
Porsche of Nashville, the first of three new car dealerships relocating to the Mallory Park business park just north of Moores Lane, opened Ã‚Â its doors last week and will host a grand opening Thursday.
The dealership was previously housed with Audi Nashville and Jaguar Nashville on Franklin Road in the Berry Hill area of Nashville, but growth necessitated a move and in early 2012, Mallory Park for years prior referred to as the “flagpole property” was selected.
|Jeff Escue, who will become general manager of Porsche of Nashville soon shows off the showroom in Brentwood’s Mallory Park.|
General manager Robert Hartman said the Mallory Park location was chosen for its visibility from I-65 and proximity to Cool Springs.
A new Audi dealership is under construction next door, and is expected to open in November.
A third new dealership, Mini of Nashville, will move from the 100 Oaks location it shares with BMW. It is expected to open in December and will allow both the Mini and BMW dealerships to expand, Hartman said.
Charlotte, N.C. based Sonic Automotive, Inc., which owns the three dealerships, purchased Audi, Jaguar and Porsche from Thoroughbred Motors in 2008.
The company owns more than 100 dealerships across the country, including the Mini and BMW location, the Mercedes Benz dealership in Cool Springs and Crest Cadillac and Crest Honda in Nashville’s Metro Center.
Hartman will become the general manager of Audi of Nashville when Jeff Escue takes over at the Porsche dealership.
Hartman said Porche’s sport utility vehicles, such as the Cayenne, are among the most popular models at the dealership.
Though they don’t have one on the showroom floor, the most expensive vehicle available to order from the new dealership is the Porsche 918, which Hartman said could top $1 million, depending on customization.
Porsche of Nashville offers a fitting lounge where customers can design their cars, choosing from leather and interior samples.
“You build it on the touch screen,” Hartman said, “and it projects a 3D image of what you’ve build on a screen.”
Porsche of Nashville currently has approximately 45 new vehicles on the lot and between 15-20 previously owned vehicles.
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