UPDATED: 3/7/14 2:59 pm ET - adds detail, photo
A unit of Sonic Automotive Inc. has opened the largest Audi dealership in the United States -- a glitzy 142,000-square-foot store in Houston.
Audi Central Houston’s seven-story facility is more than eight-times the size of a conventional dealership, and roughly four times that of a typical Audi dealership built in the last five years, an Audi spokesman said.
The store’s ground-level 10-car showroom and sales area takes up roughly 16,000 square feet, Sonic President Scott Smith said in an e-mail to Automotive News.
There is “an additional 10,000 square-feet on the second level for support space,” Smith wrote.
Mark Del Rosso, COO of Audi of America, said in a statement Thursday the new dealership speaks volumes to customer and ownership experience.
“This new dealership exemplifies the growing investment of our dealer body,” Rosso said.
The store was built on the southwest side of Houston for about $25 million and has interior capacity for more than 300 vehicles. The facility also has 30 service bays, nine inspection bays, two alignment bays and an automated car wash.
Sonic operates stores in 15 states with 107 dealerships representing 29 brands.