Osborne Park Nissan and Osborne Park Hyundai, which will be officially opened late next month, also mark the introduction of new corporate identity (CI) designs for both brands.
The twin dealerships, on Osborne Park’s busy Scarborough Beach Road that links Perth city with the popular tourist beach suburb of Scarborough Beach, wear new names after owner AHG extinguished the previous “Giant” branding.
Osborne Park Hyundai and Nissan dealer principal Marcus Long said the $7 million project incorporates Nissan’s latest CI, including the “Nissan Drive” runway used to feature a Nissan model.
It also reflects Nissan’s furniture and fittings parameters, including the timber-look benchtops and tables, flush ceiling and specific floor tiles with gloss white for the sales area and black for the adjoining service foyer. It has space for eight vehicles, but it looks substantially larger.
Hyundai’s CI is different, with the 10-car showroom having more simple furniture designs and colours, panelled ceiling and predominantly white floor tiles interrupted with two black tiled areas for two showcased models.
Hyundai also has a separate service reception and parts building at the western part of the property, alongside the 10m totem and main driveway to its dedicated 17-bay workshop.
Nissan has a valet layout for service customers and a 24-bay workshop. There is also a shared three-bay wash area and two bays for other works.
Mr Long said the outdoor frontage – which will stock the used cars – was slightly smaller than the previous building as part of the Nissan image to focus customers on the showroom interior.
It now has almost 5400 square metres of building, including the two showrooms, workshops and amenities.
The Osborne Park dealership is one of AHG’s flagship operations and has about 75 staff. As part of its rejuvenation, Mr Long said there would be more emphasis on looking after service customers and fleets.
“We will have up to 20 loan cars available for Hyundai service customers and 15 for Nissan customers, which is about five times that in the previous dealership,” he said.
Osborne Park Nissan and Hyundai used off-site service centres during the transition to the new buildings. Nissan is expected to be back to the same property within the next month while Hyundai – which will have a new building for service customers – will not be completed until November.
To assist service customers, Mr Long has doubled the mobile fleet to two service vans for private and fleet owners.
He said the dealership has also been designed for electric vehicles, with chargers to be added to the buildings, to meet its appointment as a Hyundai Ioniq EV and Nissan Leaf dealer.
Other features include a kids’ zone in the Nissan showroom, complete with Netflix (and no remote controllers); a state-of-the-art building management system for alarms and air-conditioning; negotiating rooms, an 18-chair boardroom with filtered lighting and two-zone air-conditioning; new kitchens, lunch rooms and toilets; and allocation for solar panels on the building’s roof.
By Neil Dowling