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Penske Automotive Group Celebrates Grand Opening of New Showroom

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Penske Automotive Group recently celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield’s Showroom, located on 165 Commerce Drive. Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of automobiles, buses, trucks and coaches. It is currently a division of its parent company, Daimler AG, (formerly DaimlerChrysler AG), after previously being owned by Daimler Benz.  Mercedes Benz has its origins in Karl Benz’s creation of the first petrol-powered car, the Benz patent motorwagen, patented in January 1886, and by Gottlieb Daimler and engineer Wilhelm Maybachs conversion of a stagecoach by the addition of a petrol engine, later that year.

The Mercedes Automobile was first marketed in 1901 and the first brand named vehicles were produced in 1926. Mercedes-Benz is one of the most well-known and established automotive brands in the world and is also one of the world’s oldest automotive brands, still in existence today.  MBUSA, LLC, a Daimler Company founded in 1965, is responsible for the distribution and marketing of Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States.

The Penske Automotive Group bought the Mercedes dealership on Commerce Drive ten years ago (October 16th). This location has recently been completely renovated, specific to and compliant with, Mercedes Benz Auto Haus Design. The new showroom boasts nearly 16,000 square feet with high ceilings and a bright open feeling, and is able to accommodate thirty vehicles within.  In addition, the Group has doubled its land footprint, from one acre to two full acres, giving them one hundred and twenty additional parking spaces. One hundred and fifty cars will be on display outdoors, including both new and pre-owned vehicles.  Nearly three hundred people attended this Grand Opening celebration, enjoying caviar delectables along with champagne and live music.

Roger Penske the Chairman of the Penske Automotive Group brought two Mercedes from his own personal collection into the showroom, to be enjoyed by all.  A red 1955 Gullwing 300 SL, the iconic Mercedes (adorned with ivory embellishments) topped the A-list, along with his black 2010 Gullwing. “It was a phenomenal event, celebrating with our customers, our team (employees) and Mercedes Senior Management, it was a great time,” said Randall Seymore, Area Vice President for the Penske Automotive Group. “Mercedes Benz speaks for itself. They continually come out with the best quality and best performing vehicle out there.  Business has been good; we’re up 29 percent  year to date.  We realize how we are treating our client is going to be #1, and from a management side, how we’re treating our employees transfers through to how we are treating our clients.  We’ve put a lot of focus on that.”  In addition to the new showroom, MB renovated their repair shop (450 Scofield Avenue) in July 2005, increasing its size to an impressive 100,000 square feet. The Smart Dealership is also owned by the Daimler Company. Amongst the cars displayed in the opening celebration, was a fully electric (smart car) vehicle, a full production car that has a 90 mile range. “We’ve made quite an investment here on Commerce Drive (we own the Porsche – Audi dealerships on Commerce Drive as well). We’re excited about this end of town and about the new train station opening. The town has been wonderful, Mark Barnhart’s been a great partner from the Economic Development side, the P & Z boards have been great, the town’s been a huge supporter, it’s mutually beneficial to clean up Commerce Drive.

At the end of the day, however, this is a by product of our team, our employees and customers who have been loyal to us, so those are the big winners,” continued Seymore. Subsequent to this grand opening celebration, Mercedes Benz is conducting a month long sale throughout the month of October. A portion of sales will benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

The full line of new and certified pre-owned Mercedes-Benz automobiles is on display for viewing Monday – Saturday. For more information please visit www.fairfieldmercedes.com or call 203-368-6725.

[Source: minutemannewscenter.com]

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Penske Teams Up With NBC “Today” Show’s Annual Lend a Hand Charity Effort

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Penske Truck Rental will again team up with NBC’s “Today” Show for its annual Lend a Hand charitable outreach series that will be held this coming June 21-25. This is the sixth consecutive year Penske has donated its rental trucks, staff and logistics support to assist in delivering much needed donated goods to worthy charities across the U.S. for the program.

Each year, Emmy award winning broadcaster Al Roker visits U.S. cities and delivers live on-air much-needed items to select charities. The cities and organizations selected by the show will be revealed to the nation live on-air each day.

“In these tough economic times, charities need more help than ever to assist people in need,” stated Penske’s Jim Feenstra, Senior Vice President – Marketing. “We’re glad to be able to team up with Al Roker and the ‘Today’ Show in giving back to our communities.”

Penske Truck Rental is a service of Penske Truck Leasing. With one of the newest fleets, Penske provides do-it-yourself movers with clean, safe and reliable trucks as well as moving equipment, packing supplies and accessories.

[Source: Penske Truck Leasing]

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Constructors: Team Penske

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An aluminum salesman, Roger Penske began racing in the late 1950s and enjoyed considerable success as a sports car driver in the United States. He did the occasional single-seater race, including a couple of United States Grands Prix before he turned his hand to NASCAR. He retired from the sport in 1964 to concentrate on building up a network of car dealerships and as these began to flourish he established Team Penske in 1966 with Mark Donohue as the driver/engineer. The team enjoyed rapid success in CanAm and TransAm and won the classic Daytona 24 Hours in 1969, Donohue becoming Rookie of the Year at Indianapolis on the team’s first appearance at the 500. Successes followed in Championship racing, TransAm and Formula 5000. The 1972 season marked a high point for the operation as Donohue won the Indianapolis 500 and the team won the CanAm title with George Follmer driving a Porsche 917. Further successes were added in NASCAR and USAC and at the end of 1974 Roger Penske decided to enter a team in Formula 1.

The team was sponsored by First National City and a factory was established in Poole, England. The first car – the Penske PC1 – appeared at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1974 where Mark Donohue finished 12th. The following year Donohue persevered with the car but it was not very competitive and at midseason Penske decided to switch to the March 751. Three races later Donohue died after a practice accident at the Osterreichring. The team regrouped and ran John Watson in the final race of the season at Watkins Glen. The following year Watson was signed up to drive a new Penske PC3 but this was not as good as had been hoped and in the midseason Penske produced a new PC4. This was much better and at the Austrian GP, a year after Donohue’s death, Watson gave the team its first victory.

At the end of the year Penske announced that the team would not be continuing in 1977. The cars were sold to Gunther Schmid’s ATS team and the Penske factory in Poole began producing Indycar chassis.

The first Penske-built Indycar – the PC5 – appeared in the summer of 1977 and was a replica of the McLarenM24. Driving a McLaren (with which he won at Texas and Pocono) and then the PC5, Tom Sneva won the USAC title in 1977 and in 1978 followed up with another title in the Penske PC6. In 1979 Rick Mears gave the team its third consecutive title.

In the 1980s Penske remained the force to be reckoned with in CART while also expanding into NASCAR and into track ownership but he never returned to F1 – despite regular rumors that he was planning to do so.

[Source: grandprix.com]

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Penske Truck Leasing to Host Discovery Forum 2010 Across North America

Penske Truck Leasing to Host Discovery Forum 2010 Across North America

Penske Truck Leasing will host 14 more dates across North America as part of Discovery Forum 2010, a series of educational open houses for commercial fleet owners and fleet managers. The forums begin Oct. 5 in Milwaukee and conclude on Dec. 14 in Ontario. Previous forums took place in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Penske’s Certified Transportation Professionals and other fleet experts and key vendors and suppliers will be on hand to discuss a wide range of topics ranging from the latest engine technologies, preventive maintenance programs, finance options, EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, onboard fleet technologies, fuel management, safety insights on the new CSA 2010 program, and other topics of interest to today’s fleet owners and managers.

To attend these free educational events, please call 888-216-9365. Advanced registration is required due to limited seating.

Oct. 5 – Milwaukee
Oct. 7 – Northwood, Ohio
Oct. 14 – Jessup, Md.
Oct. 21 – Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 28 – Indianapolis
Nov. 2 – Burlington, N.J.
Nov. 9 – Dallas
Nov. 11 – San Antonio
Nov. 16 – Atlanta
Nov. 18 – Miami
Nov. 30 – Sacramento, Calif.
Dec. 2 – La Mirada, Calif.
Dec. 7 – Phoenix
Dec. 14 – Mississauga, Ontario

[Source: thomasnet.com]

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The Penske Automotive Group Has Joined the Facebook Community

The Penske Automotive Group Has Joined the Facebook Community

The Penske Automotive Group has joined the Facebook community today with the launch of Facebook.com/PenskeCars.

Just days after launching the all-new PenskeCars.com vehicle portal, with 30,000 vehicles, The Penske Automotive Group joins the Facebook community with Facebook.com/PenskeCars.  The page, which has been updated over 5 times already this week appears to be growing in popularity. So what type of content is The Penske Automotive Group posting to their Facebook Page? Penske is using it as another way to communicate and interact with their fans around the globe. You will find videos and photos of Penske related properties, including Penske Racing, Penske Automotive as well as a Penske Racing Giveaway.  Once you register to win from their Facebook page, you will have the opportunity to win a Verizon Droid-X Smartphone or win the Penske “VIP Racing Experience” that includes 2 VIP tickets to the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series Races, Pre-Race Pit Passes and more.

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Shell Signs Multi-Series Sponsorship Deal with Penske Racing

Shell signs multi-series sponsorship deal with Penske Racing – Penske Social

For years Marlboro has been nearly synonymous with Penske, its racing cars (in open-wheels especially) adorned with the tobacco company’s red-and-white color scheme for decades, even if their name hasn’t appeared on the cars since 2005. But after 19 years in racing together, Marlboro parent company Phillip Morris ended its sponsorship of the motor racing dynasty earlier this year. Now it appears that Shell Oil could be taking its place.

The deal, which comes into effect next season, encompasses Penske Racing teams in several series, including the Indy Racing League and both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series in NASCAR, but does not appear to extend to Penske’s American Le Mans Series team.

In the Sprint Cup, the Shell deal comes at the expense of Richard Childress Racing (pictured above), which brought in Shell to replace Jack Daniels sponsorship which it lost last year. The Shell and Pennzoil logos will instead adorn the #22 car of Penske’s former champion Kurt Busch, while teammate Brad Keselowski’s #2 Dodge will continue with Miller Lite sponsorship. In Indy, meanwhile, the sponsorship replaces Penske’s longstanding deal with ExxonMobil.

[Source: Autosport]

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