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The Ken Garff Automotive Group News and Events

Cadillac of Novi, Southfield CJDR, and Telegraph CJDR Announce New Ownership Under Salt Lake City Based Auto Group, Ken Garff.

Detroit, Michigan - October 14, 2014 - Three hallmark Detroit automobile dealerships have been acquired by Ken Garff Automotive Group, a Salt Lake City, Utah based auto group. The majority of the staff and management remains in place with Paule Steele, Ed Poblur, and Ken Thomas remaining as General Managers of Southfield Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Caddilac of Novi, and Telegraph Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, respectively.

Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group stated, "These new stores are a remarkable addition to our already solid base. In addition to being large, well run stores with great people, it's an honor to now have a presence in Detroit, given its remarkable automotive history."

Under the direction of the General Managers, these stores aim to to create an unsurpassed customer experience to every customer, every time. Paul Steele added, "We, along with our 347 employees, are excited to be a part of the Ken Garff family. It's a group with a rich tradition of customer service, and we'll learn new things from them and hopefully they'll learn some new things from us."

These stores and their management hope to continue to earn the trust and loyalty of its community and customers.

About Ken Garff Automotive Group:
Ken Garff founded his automotive business over 80 years ago in downtown Salt Lake upon principles of honesty, integrity, and personalized customer service. Ken was extremely community oriented and best known for his personal dealings with customers.

Ken's legacy lives on, as the Ken Garff Automotive Group has 49 stores throughout Utah, Texas, Iowa, Nevada, California, and now Michigan.

For more information, please contact Matt Jensen at 801-257-3400.
Costa Mesa Nissan Announces New Ownership Under Salt Lake City Based Auto Group, Ken Garff.

Costa Mesa, California - October 14, 2014 - Costa Mesa Nissan, formerly Connel Nissan, has been acquired by Ken Garff Automotive Group, a Salt Lake City, Utah based auto group.

Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group stated, "We're happy to add another Nissan store to our mix of stores, and especially happy to have another store in California, a state we love working in."

Under the direction of new General Manager Ken Heinsohn, Costa Mesa Nissan aims to provide customers with an unsurpassed experience every time. Heinsohn noted, "We have a store full of employees looking to make buying or servicing a car a positive experience. We'll work hard to make sure that happens."

About Ken Garff Automotive Group:
Ken Garff founded his automotive business over 80 years ago in downtown Salt Lake upon principles of honesty, integrity, and personalized customer service. Ken was extremely community oriented and best known for his personal dealings with customers.

Ken's legacy lives on, as the Ken Garff Automotive Group has 49 stores throughout Utah, Texas, Iowa, Nevada, California, and Michigan.

For more information, please contact Matt Jensen at 801-257-3400.
Ken Garff Automotive Group Acquires Gene Harvey Chevrolet

American Fork, Utah - July 15, 2013
- Ken Garff Chevrolet, formerly Gene Harvey Chevrolet, has been acquired by Ken Garff Automotive Group, a Salt Lake City-based company providing automotive sales and services.

"Ken Garff Chevrolet is a great store to add to the company. We're very familiar with the area and are excited to be able to offer the Chevrolet brand in Utah," said Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group.

Ken Garff officially took over the new dealership on July 15. Under new management, including General Manger Terry Ivie, Ken Garff Chevrolet hopes to earn the trust and loyalty of the community and its customers and will work to create an unsurpassed experience for every customer, every time.

For more information about Ken Garff or Ken Garff Chevrolet, please contact Ken Garff Corporate office at 801-257-3400.
Ken Garff Automotive Group Acquires Miller Toyota

Culver City,
California - June 3, 2013 - Ken Garff Automotive Group acquired Culver City Toyota, formally Miller Toyota, from Houston-based Group 1 Automotive.

"Having Culver City Toyota is a great addition to our company and we're happy to offer Ken Garff's quality sales and services in Culver City," said Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group.

Culver City Toyota has undergone a complete change in management and operations under Ken Garff Automotive Group's direction. Ephraim Barcelo is the new Culver City Toyota General Manager.

For more information about Ken Garff or Big Star Ford, please contact Ken Garff Corporate office at 801-257-3400.
Ken Garff Automotive Group Acquires Miller Honda

Culver City, California
- June 3, 2013 - Ken Garff Automotive Group acquired Culver City Honda, formally Miller Honda, from Houston-based Group 1 Automotive.

"Having Culver City Honda is a great addition to our company and we're happy to offer Ken Garff's quality sales and services in Culver City," said Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group.

Culver City Honda has undergone a complete change in management and operations under Ken Garff Automotive Group's direction. Daniele Martin is the new Culver City Honda General Manager.

For more information about Ken Garff or Big Star Ford, please contact Ken Garff Corporate office at 801-257-3400.
Ken Garff Acquires Salt Lake Ferrari and Maserati Franchises

Salt Lake City, Utah - May 23, 2013
- Ken Garff Automotive Group acquired Maserati of Salt Lake City and Ferrari of Salt Lake City, formerly Ferrari and Maserati franchises with Steve Harris Motors in Salt Lake City. This acquisition will make Ken Garff a leader in retailing luxury brands in Utah.

"We are excited to add the Maserati and Ferrari stores to provide a wider range of luxury vehicles for our customers. These are quality brands that we know our customers will appreciate," said John Garff, CEO of Ken Garff Enterprises.

Acquiring the Maserati and Ferrari brands adds luster to Ken Garff's luxury offerings and provides even more import and luxury options for customers. Current general manager, Sean Harris, will continue to manage the new store under the direction of the Ken Garff Automotive Group.

For more information about Ken Garff or Big Star Ford, please contact Ken Garff Corporate office at 801-257-3400.

Big Star Honda Announces New Ownership Under Salt Lake City Based Auto Group, Ken Garff.

Houston, Texas - January 28, 2013 - Big Star Honda, formerly McDavid Honda, owned by Asbury Automotive Group, has been acquired by Ken Garff Automotive Group, a Salt Lake City, Utah based auto group. Big Star Honda has undergone a complete overhaul of management and operations under Ken Garff Automotive Group's direction.

Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group stated, "Big Star Honda is a large store, in a market we are very familiar with and a great brand to add to our portfolio in the Houston area."

Big Star Honda's new General Manager, Allen Paul and  his 80 employees will work to create an unsurpassed customer experience to every customer, every time.

Under new management, Big Star Honda hopes to earn the trust and loyalty of its community and customers.

For more information about Ken Garff or Big Star Ford, please contact Ken Garff Corporate office at 801-257-3400.

Texan Dodge Announces New Ownership Under Salt Lake City Based Auto Group, Ken Garff.

Humble, Texas - December 7, 2012 - Texan Dodge, formerly Planet Dodge has been acquired by Ken Garff Automotive Group, a Salt Lake City, Utah based auto group. Texan Dodge has undergone a complete revamp of operations and management under Ken Garff Automotive Group's direction.

Formerly a part of the Randall Reed Auto Group, Texan Dodge, is optimistic about its future under new management. Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group explained, "We didn't buy this store for what it is, we bought it for what it could become."

Texan Dodge is located across the street from Texan GMC, also a Garff-owned store. "We are thrilled to have two stores located right next to each other and hope to greatly influence the Houston market," said Hopkins.

Texan Dodge is Ken Garff's seventh Chrysler dealership in the group, and third in the Houston area.

Under new management, Texan Dodge hopes to earn the trust and loyalty of its community and customers by providing an unsurpassed experience every time.

For more information about Ken Garff or Texan Dodge, please contact Ken Garff Corporate office at 801-257-3400.

 

Big Star Ford Announces New Ownership Under Salt Lake City Based Auto Group, Ken Garff.

Manvel, Texas - October 29, 2012 - Big Star Ford, formerly Southern Ford has been acquired by Ken Garff Automotive Group, a Salt Lake City, Utah based auto group. Big Star Ford has undergone a complete overhaul of management and operations under Ken Garff Automotive Group's direction.

A previously distressed dealership, Big Star Ford, is optimistic about its future. Brett Hopkins, CEO of Ken Garff Automotive Group stated, "We believe we can grow business by listening to customers and providing them with an unsurpassed experience every time."

Ford has the largest market share in Houston and the 4th largest market in the nation. "Big Star Ford sits in the middle of a very high growth area and the future upside of the store is tremendous," said Hopkins.

Under new management, Big Star Ford hopes to earn the trust and loyalty of its community and customers.

For more information about Ken Garff or Big Star Ford, please contact Ken Garff Corporate office at 801-257-3400.