LOMPOC—September 14, 2012 — Christopher Zikakis, the Owner and General Manager of Lompoc Honda, today announced that he has signed a Letter of Intent to open a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Lompoc. The new dealership will be located across the street from Lompoc Honda and will feature a new car showroom, service drop-off area, customer waiting area, and outdoor display parking for new and used vehicles. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2013, once construction is underway.
"I just returned from Chrysler's Dealer Convention where we had a look at the 2013 cars, trucks and vans, and am extremely impressed by the design and quality," said Mr. Zikakis. "People who live in Lompoc and the surrounding areas already own a good number of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. When our new dealership opens, they will have a local source for service, repair, and body shop services."
According to Fred Sherwood of Chrysler Group LLC, choosing Zikakis to be Chrysler's new dealer was an easy decision. "Mr. Zikakis grew up in the car business and cares deeply about providing customers with an excellent sales and service experience. Lompoc Honda has received some of the highest customer satisfaction scores in the nation and we are confident that the new Chrysler dealership will be run with the same commitment to excellence. We are thrilled that he and his management team will be leading our new Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership here in Lompoc."
Earlier this year Lompoc Honda was rated the #1 in the USA, out of more than 1000 Honda dealers that do business in the United States, for customer satisfaction.
"Our team is looking forward to selling and servicing Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles. This is a great opportunity for our team to expand and grow," said Zikakis.
"The City of Lompoc, and especially Mayor Linn, has helped us move quickly," Zikakis added. "Instead of telling us what they can't do, they tell us how they can say yes, and we appreciate that very much."
About Lompoc Honda
Lompoc Honda has operated out of the same location at 1224 H Street in Lompoc for over 30 years. The dealership wins accolades for customer satisfaction and customer retention, and is now one of the fastest growing car dealerships on the Central Coast.
About Christopher Zikakis
Chris Zikakis purchased Lompoc Honda in June 2007 and serves as the General Manager of the dealership. Before purchasing the dealership, Zikakis was the Chief Financial Officer of Towbin
Automotive Enterprises, a large Las Vegas auto dealer group. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as a management consultant where he was able to personally visit dozens of the best run car dealerships in the country to study the practices used by those dealers. He earned his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from The Harvard Business School.
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
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