Frank Keane Volkswagen in top Gold Pin win

by Gazette Reporter

FRANK Keane Volkswagen scooped the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Dealer of the Year 2016 award at the recent Volkswagen Gold Pin Awards.

The award, which celebrates excellence within the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Retail network, recognises the retailer’s contribution in a number of areas, including sales performance, local market share and overall customer experience.

It is the highest honour that a Volkswagen commercial vehicle retailer can achieve.

The award was presented to Donal Geoghegan (dealer principal) and Ger Colwell (commercial vehicle manager) of Frank Keane Volkswagen by Alan Bateson, managing director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, at the gala awards ceremony held in Carton House, Maynooth.

Since opening in January 2012 with 14 staff, the company has grown significantly, resulting in two new dealership locations in five years – at Liffey Valley Motor Mall and Deansgrange, and now employs more than 120 people.

In 2016, the company acquired MSL Motor Group Volkswagen in Deansgrange, Ballsbridge, and Pottery Road. It also merged with the MSL Volkswagen showroom in Deansgrange, and opened up a new state-of-the-art service centre.

Commenting on the award, Ger Colwell said he was delighted to achieve such an accolade: “Winning retailer of the year for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is a great honour.

“Our objective at Frank Keane Volkswagen for 2016 was to become the number-one destination for commercial vehicles in Ireland. It is always nice to win, as it gives the whole team a real lift and recognises the team effort put in by all.”

Volkswagen commercial vehicles director Alan Bateson said: “2016 has seen continued growth in Ireland for our commercial vehicles, with strong results delivered through the recovering economy.

“2016 was also a great year for Frank Keane Volkswagen and I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and determination.

“With the recent launch of the all new Crafter, International Van of the Year 2017, we are focused on continued growth.”

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