Key Group Pietermaritzburg entered the Isuzu Summer Promotion with the aim to win.
Tim Hendon, Marketing Manager at Isuzu SA, told Dealerfloor all Isuzu Dealers have been challenged to create a showroom display using all manner of “summer props”.
“It’s all part of the awesome spirit that exists among the Number 1-rated sales force in the industry,” he said.
Key Group Pietermaritzburg sells Isuzu vehicles and trucks, Opel and, more recently, Peugeot and Citroën.
Dealer Principal Mark Hall said sales for Opel and Peugeot were still slow, but the Isuzu side of the business is humming along.
The dealership’s large service area also still services Chevrolet vehicles that the company sold until Chev closed shop in South Africa in 2017, with clients’ Trailblazers and Cruze models parked among fire-fighting trucks for Sappi and water tankers for municipalities.
Mark told Dealerfloor his team aims to have the best showroom challenge among Isuzu’s 80 dealers in South Africa. To this end, he contracted Dave Moore of Classic Plants Nursery in KZN’s capital to build a mini beach on the dealer floor, complete with fishing gear, tanning lotion and the dealer’s mascot, a large soft toy ‘wild dog’.
“The challenge requires us to use summer props and what is more ‘summer’ than a dog running on the beach?” Mark asked.
Despite the severe drought in large parts of the Karoo, the motor business in Graaff-Reinet is stepping up with more brands being represented in this part of the world.
If a pandemic and stock issues aren’t enough of a challenge, why not add a building project/dealership revamp/moving of facilities and getting a second dealership to full independent dealership status to a DP’s list of tasks.
Scott Auto Mazda in Bethlehem has a proud history that stretches back nearly 50 years, which makes them one of the best-known Mazda dealers in the Free State.