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New limited-edition Beetle GSR at Auto Haus

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Auto Haus Volkswagen cleint advisor Joe Scott with limited edition 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR.

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Auto Haus Volkswagen cleint advisor Joe Scott with limited edition 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR.

A rare gem has arrived at Auto Haus Volkswagen: a limited-edition 2014 Beetle GSR.

It's the only one for sale in Manitoba and just one of five available across Canada, said client advisor Joe Scott. (St. James Volkswagen will be receiving a GSR model at a later date.)

The rare Beetle, which sells for $37,520 (including freight and pdi) and comes in yellow only, has xenon headlights, LED running lights and 19" alloy wheels. It also includes Volkswagen's R-Line package -- a panorama power roof, multifunctional R-Line steering wheel, a 400-watt Fender stereo system, yellow stitching on the seats and yellow and black accents on the doors.

While the GSR may be an exclusive acquisition, another new VW arrival, the new 2014 Tiguan, is in plentiful supply at Auto Haus, Scott said. starting price for the 2014 Tiguan is $24,990 (plus freight anf pdi) for the Trendline trim.

The entry-level Tiguan Trendline now offers an AWD option, he noted. Both the Trendline and the mid-level Comfortline are available with either 2WD or 4WD. The R-Line package is only available with the top-of-the-line Highline trim.

"The Tiguan is a very popular SUV. We have a large selection."

2014 Porsche Panamera arrives in town

Auto Haus Volkswagen's sister store on Pembina Highway, Porsche Centre of Winnipeg, has welcomed the new 2014 Panamera.

The new model was unveiled Sept. 19 in conjunction with the official grand opening of the new stand-alone Porsche store. About 250 guests joined the dealership's Regina-based owner, Kevin Knight of Knight Auto Group, as well as Porsche Canada President and CEO Alex Pollich, John Cattella (Director of Network Development), Scott Warren (regional sales manager for Western Canada) and Robert Masran (regional after sales manager for western Canada).

The new Panamera's styling is more masculine, noted Porsche Centre of Winnipeg sales rep Esther Zacharias. The back window is longer, allowing greater visibility, and the rear lights wrap around the sides of the car.

The 2014 model is powered by a V8 engine producing 520 hp, slightly higher than it's predecessor and more fuel-efficient. The Panamera goes from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and sells for just under $90,000.

"We've received two 2014 Panameras so far," Zacharias said. "There has been a lot of interest in the model, and one is already spoken for.

Still to come, she added, is an executive model, which is seven inches longer, and a hybrid which can reach speeds of up to 135 km per hour just on electric mode.

New Sales Manager for Winnipeg Hyundai

Dave Alsop has seen the world and is now quite happy to be back home in his new role as sales manager at Winnipeg Hyundai.

In auto sales since he was 18, Alsop joined the sales staff at Transcona Dodge Chrysler in 1983 right out of high school. Four years later, he became the finance/business manager at Gladstone Nissan. His career journey included stints in management with major Winnipeg auto groups and five years in Edmonton.

Last spring, Alsop took six months off and went to work as a sales trainer in New Zealand and Singapore.

"It was great, but I wanted to be home again," he said. "When I got back, (Winnipeg Hyundai President) Chris (Daman) called about the new direction his dealership is going in. I liked the sound of that."

Alsop joined the Winnipeg Hyundai team in mid-September. "It's going very well here. Hyundai is still a young, fresh brand that is attracting a lot of attention. I saw a lot of Hyundais on the road in both new Zealand and Singapore."

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 24, 2013 E5

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