Sewell opens Volkswagen dealership
Mar 02, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
It's been 25 years since German-engineered Volkswagens were sold in the Permian Basin, but the Sewell Family of Dealerships is bringing back the Bug.
Steve James, the general manager of the new facility that hosted its grand opening Friday, said he's excited about the opportunity to be part of the dealership.
"We've had a tremendous amount of interest," James said. "People don't like to buy a car they have to drive 200 miles to have warranty work done on."
But with the new dealership and ability to service those vehicles, James said people have been expressing their happiness with being able to bring those vehicles in. He said he's also had interest from people in buying new vehicles.
Colin Sewell, president of the Sewell Family of Dealerships, said he's been working on bringing Volkswagens back to the basin since 2006.
"It's a really great day that it's finally come to fruition," he said. "I think there's a major demand for a German product that still comes at a very affordable price."
Sewell said Volkswagen has expressed the desire to become the largest automaker in the world, and he hopes to be part of that growth.
James said although West Texas is typically a pickup truck region, people will eventually gravitate toward smaller passenger vehicles with future fuel economy restrictions.
And while everyone thinks of the popular Beetle model when thinking of Volkswagen, he said there are a number of fashionable cars and SUVs to be had with Volkswagen.
The East Eighth Street location is a temporary location until the permanent one is built in the spring at Parks Legado.
Other Sewell vehicle dealerships include Ford, Lincoln, GMC, Buick, Chevrolet and pre-owned vehicles.
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