Jewel in the crown

Weekend Glitz | C Hung 21 Apr 2017

Last Thursday, just before the Easter holiday break, Crown Motors, a subsidiary of Inchcape, invited its business partners and members of the press to witness the opening of the all-new Toyota and Lexus mega flagship showrooms located in Kowloon Bay's new landmark, Centre Parc.

The two brands have a combined space of more than 20,000 square feet, split 50-50.

It is said that the flagship showrooms, accesible via two doors, can accommodate up to 30 different models, but the focus of the day was the Toyota FT-1 concept car, which was flown in from Japan for the event.

Another important facet of the ceremony was to share with guests the encouraging news that another Triple Crown Award had been won from Toyota Motor Corporation.

That was a serious accomplishment, as it represented the 25th consecutive year last year when the company got the highest shares for the brands' private passenger cars, commercial vehicles and overall markets in Hong Kong.

Receiving the honor from TMC representatives was Stefan Bomhard, Inchcape Group chief executive, who came from the group's headquarters in the UK for the ceremony.

He was joined by Patrick Lee, head of Inchcape Greater China, and other executives from the group.

Among the representatives from TMC were general manager Kazuhiro Kobayashi, head of TMC China Hitoshi Ohtake, as well as Shiro Irikawa and Naohito Tsuji from Toyota Tsusho, the trading arm of TMC in Hong Kong.

Sending in a congratulatory animated video was Didier Leroy, executive vice president and chief competitive officer of TMC. The former head of TMC in Europe, the Frenchman is the company's first non-Japanese executive vice president.

Speaking at the ceremony, Bomhard was quick to give thanks for the continuous support from TMC, while encouraging the teams from their subsidiaries in Hong Kong in their drive toward excellence.

Bomhard added that Crown Motors is the only TMC-authorized distributor in the world to be given the coveted Triple Crown Award 25 years in a row.

According to information provided by the company, Toyota and Lexus had combined sales of 6,192 units in the private passenger car market while Toyota topped the sales chart for commercial vehicles with 4,367 units. Unsurprisingly they also led in the overall market.

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