Miller Motorcars becomes Connecticut's only authorized Bentley dealership

Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars named Greenwich, CT-based Miller Motorcars, owned by Richard Koppelman, as the only authorized dealer in the state.

A fixture in the southern Connecticut and greater New York region since 1980, Miller Motorcars is the country's largest Aston Martin dealer and one of the most successful Ferrari dealers in the nation.

The dealership named Beverly Zone as sales manager of the new operation. Roy Veniga is the chief technician.

BMW Financial names Christman CEO

BMW Financial Services named John Christman as its chairman and chief executive officer. He is responsible for all of the company's operations in North and Latin America.

Previously, Mr. Christman was BMW Financial's chief financial officer, a position he held for three years.

Mr. Christman, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, joined BMW FS as controller in 1994.

Northwood U. honors New York dealer association president

Northwood University in Midland, MI honored Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association for his industry efforts.

In particular, he is credited for his work with the association's education and training of young people interested in pursuing dealership careers.

The association's Automotive Youth Educational Systems program helps high school automotive technical students to become qualified technicians.

Darrow Group expanding in Wisconsin

The Russ Darrow Automotive Group, based in West Bend, WI, is expanding its number of dealerships in that state.

The Darrow network's latest purchase is three Milwaukee stores — Goben Mitsubishi, Goben Cars-Suzuki and Goben Used. Earlier, Darrow obtained a Kia franchise in Madison.

Wisconsin's largest seller of vehicles, Darrow now has 17 stores, selling 10 different nameplates in the state.

“We're thrilled to be able to continue to offer our customers more choices, more locations and more vehicles from which to choose,” says Russ Darrow III, president and chief operating officer.

…Quotes

“There's so much product coming out, it will be nuclear war in the entry-level luxury segment.”
Lexus Division Vice President Dennis Clements

“I found a neatly typed letter on my desk, terminating my employment. I had just been fired…by my own father!”
Robert Maguire, new NADA chairman, recalling what his father did when he arrived late to work at the family dealership. The next day the young Maguire went to work, acting as if nothing had happened. His father acted the same way.

“It was the saddest day in my 45-year history as an auto dealer.”
Harold Wells, former NADA chairman and an Oldsmobile dealer, on GM announcing the impending demise of the Olds Division.

“I don't think they will do it as fast as they want — unless they bring (Lee) Iacocca back.”
Dealer Jim Richie on the prospects of DaimlerChrysler restoring profitability to its Chrysler Group.