Our newest dealership, Audi Shawnee Mission is now open for business in Lenexa Kansas. As the photographer and Digital Marketing Specialist for Kuni Automotive, I took a trip to Kansas to visit the store, help train staff, and photograph the location.

The building has underwent some impressive renovations. It has been molded into a fantastic retail location that feels like Audi.

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A row of inventory greets you as you drive up. Models are showcases side by side with a nice variety of models and colors for easy comparison.

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Audi Shawnee Mission has a great location, easily viewed from the nearby interstate 35 and easily accessed on Lenexa drive.

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With the interior decor continuing to evolve, Audi Shawnee mission is very welcoming and comfortable.

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A view of the customer lounge between service and sales.

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Coffee by Local brewer The Roasterie, is offered up in the custom Audi coffee machine.

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A brand new clean and spacious shop area:

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The parts counter:

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Almost finished with the service drive overhang:

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The nearby Country Club Plaza in downtown Kansas City was a joy to explore. We are very excited for this new dealership in a fun and beautiful city!

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The trip to Kansas was a great one. I look forward to visiting again soon to see the store grow and evolve. Also, to enjoy more of that fantastic Kansas BBQ!

A tour of our newest dealership: Audi Shawnee Mission

Audi Shawnee Mission is now open!

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We are so excited to announce our newest location. Audi Shawnee Mission in Lenexa Kansas, is now open for business!! Opening a new store is always exciting, but opening in a new state makes everything even better. We have a whole new community in Lenexa to get to know and be a part of.

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There was much excitement in the weeks leading up to opening day. Getting the sign up on the building, installing the lifts in the shop, and hiring the first employees, were all large steps toward the finish line. Seeing the cars arrive last week was an exciting moment for the staff!

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The first weekend after opening, the employees of Audi Shawnee Mission visited the Heartland Soccer Association at Scheels Soccer Complex in Overland Park. It was a great weekend and they had a fantastic time getting out and meeting people in the community.

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If you are in the area, please drop in and say hello. The Audi Shawnee Mission staff is exited to show off the great Audis in the line up!

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Kuni Automotive Now a Holman Enterprise

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Dear Kuni customers, employees and friends:

For the past few months we have been hard at work on a transition that will shape Kuni’s future.

Today we announced that Kuni is being acquired by Holman Automotive, a family-owned company based out of Maple Shade, New Jersey. We selected Holman because we share values, and common vision around the future of the company, with a deep commitment to employees and customers.

Kuni Automotive will maintain its brand name and will be known as “Kuni Automotive, a Holman Enterprise.” The acquisition, expected to be finalized this summer, will create a bi-coastal dealer network with 33 dealerships and more than $3 billion in overall annual revenue, doubling Holman Automotive’s retail holdings.

We remain committed to doing business “the Kuni Way”. Through the acquisition, we are creating a company that is greater than the sum of its parts.

A key component of the arrangement is continuing the mission of the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation, Kuni Automotive’ s  largest shareholder. The deal secures the Foundation’s ability to fund its work well into the future.

We are excited about this news, and look forward to a new partnership with Holman. I invite you to read more in our press release, and please let us know if you have any questions.

 

– Greg

To learn more, Please see the  Official Press Release

Kuni Automotive Top Sales Professionals

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At Kuni Automotive we are very proud of our fantastic employees. We really do feel like we have the best team. Employees often comment on how odd it is that everyone seems to have such similar personalities and get along so well. “Is this some kind of hidden camera game show? Did you find my personality twin?” Having this type of great work atmosphere in which you trust and enjoy the company of your co-workers, helps to bring out the best in our work performance.

“If you take care of the employees, they will take care of the customers and that will take care of the bottom line.” As our guiding philosophy at Kuni Automotive, we take this seriously. We even have this written in giant letters on the wall at the Kuni Garage, our corporate office. It is in this spirit that we aim to recognize our employees for their good work in the form of the Technician Guild for our Automotive Technicians, and the Top Professionals awards for our Sales Team.

The Top Sales Professionals for 2015 were recently announced and recognized. It was a very tight race this year with 1st-3rd place separated by mere percentage points. All of our sales team worked very hard and we appreciate their hard work and effort. A celebration dinner was held at the Garage to celebrate all of the Top Sales Professionals with desk placards handed out to the top achievers.

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Congratulations to all of our sales team! We look forward to a great 2016!

2016 Portland International Auto Show

Story and Photographs by Sarah Seely

The 2016 Portland International Auto Show had a very apparent theme: High tech as a standard and small SUV’s. Another common theme was green technology and MPG’s. No longer just tucked away in a small “green technology” room, every car brand had an electric and/or hybrid model to showcase. The question is no longer, do you offer a hybrid or electric model? It is now “How much farther does this model travel on a charge over last years model, or than the competitors options?”

Small SUV’s were everywhere! Every brand was introducing their own version of this and it seemed to be the most popular with visitors taking turns behind the wheel and checking out MPG’s and cargo space. Not only were these small SUV’s popular in style, they came in hybrid and electric versions, delighting the crowd and piquing the interest of a new market.

Take a photo tour with Kuni Automotive to see our favorite brands and exciting new models showcased at this year’s show!

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BMW had a strong showing this year, from sport to electric models with limited edition models sprinkled in-between.

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BMW product geniuses Joe and Ethan of Kuni BMW were on hand to answer questions.

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The very popular BMW i8:

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A full SUV line up X1, X3, X4, X5 & X6 were very popular. Joe & Ethan said that the hybrid X5 was receiving the most interest.

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Over at the other end of the Luxury Loft we found a beautiful booth by Kuni Lexus of Portland!

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Audi’s full line up was on display.

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The all new Audi A3 e-tron was receiving much attention.

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Slide away rings to hide the charging port was a crowd favorite!

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Gorgeous Silver Matte Audi S8:

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The Porsche booth was the stuff of dreams. All cars were available to sit in, and spectators were definitely taking advantage.

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The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid and charging port:

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A fantastic diverse selection of models were on display at the Volkswagen booth:

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The new Jetta:

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The all new Passat:

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The much anticipated Alltrack:

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The e-Golf, which keeps increasing in range with each model year:

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A Gorgeous R32:

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The all new Beetle Dune:

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At the Chevrolet booth, the buzz was all about the new Volt:

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Project 503 had a number of beautiful modified vehicles:

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In the Green Tech room, lots of fun to be had at the Land Rover interactive station:

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Diesel Passat:

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Land Rovers converted to all electric:

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Overall it was a great show. What was your favorite new vehicle? Let us know in the comments!

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#RXtoRemember Contest Update!

We have a winner folks! Well two so far. The Western Lexus contest has several categories and today they announced two of them! The challenge was for all Lexus dealerships in the western region to wrap a 2016 Lexus RX and compete for:

-The Most Creative/ Impactful Display

-The Most Social Media Activity

-The Most Unique Display Location

-The Best Charitable Tie in

See the prior blog post for all Kuni dealership photos.

The winner of the Most Social Media Activity is:

Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village!!!

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Also a big Congratulations to the very creative Lexus of Pleasanton for their win of “Most Unique or Impactful Display” With their Star wars theme!

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Congratulations everyone!!