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Christchurch dealership clinches record win

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Posted on 14 February, 2020
Lance Bennett, left, general manager, Mercedes-Benz NZ; Brendon Mearns, Armstrong Prestige Christchurch (APC); Rick Armstrong, Armstrong Group; Jarrod Buchanan, APC; Veronica Armstrong, APC; and Horst von Sanden, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Australia  
Rick Armstrong, managing director, Armstrong Group, addresses the audience at the awards in Melbourne  
Craig Innes, managing director, Mercedes-Benz North Shore, is joined by Lance Bennett, left, and Horst von Sanden as he proudly displays the Vans Retailer of the Year award  

Armstrong Prestige Christchurch has become the most awarded Mercedes-Benz retailer in New Zealand after it scooped the marque’s Retailer of the Year gong for a record eighth time. 

The annual Retailer of the Year awards recognises the performance of the brand’s staff across the country. 

The Christchurch dealership last won the award in 2015, capping a four-year consecutive streak that began in 2012. It previously won in 2002, 2003 and 2010. 

Rick Armstrong, managing director of Armstrong Motor Group, accepted the award on behalf of his team during a prizegiving in Melbourne on February 12. 

At the same event, Mercedes-Benz North Shore retained its title as the marque’s Vans Retailer of the Year. 

Lance Bennett, general manager of Mercedes-Benz Cars New Zealand, was full of praise for the winners.

 “Armstrong Prestige Christchurch has proven once again it is the best retailer in the country,” he says. “Successfully taking the title from the Mercedes-Benz North Shore team was no small feat, which is a testament to its brand dedication and a strong commitment by Brendon Mearns and his team to deliver the best customer experience over the last 12 months. 

“In 2019, Mercedes-Benz once again demonstrated its position as the No.1 luxury brand in New Zealand, delivering more than 2,000 new vehicles. 

“We are incredibly proud to recognise the achievements of both Armstrong Prestige Christchurch and Mercedes-Benz North Shore and look forward to another successful year ahead.”