Santa Monica, CA –July 13, 2021 – The LAcarGUY family of dealerships owned by noted Heal the Bay executive board member and environmental enthusiast Mike Sullivan, are excited to continue and expand their long and fruitful relationship with Santa Monica to officially open their newest dealership, Genesis Santa Monica in that popular seaside burg today. Once this new dealership is fully staffed the LAcarGUY’s locations in Santa Monica will have brought 300 quality jobs and numerous car shoppers from across Los Angeles to the city.
With the opening of their sixth dealership there, LAcarGUY cements their business leadership in Santa Monica. As a responsible business, and active community member LAcarGUY not only supports the city with taxes, but also buoys several civic organizations including Heal the Bay, Meals on Wheels West, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. The dealerships also put hundreds of staffers on the sand for beach cleanups annually.
LAcarGUY’s CEO Mike Sullivan notes, “After a lifetime in Santa Monica I am very pleased to add our sixth dealership to the community. We are three generations here, and proud to be an integral part of the city. I think Genesis will be a great and natural addition, and we are especially excited about their upcoming EV lineup.”
The LAcarGUY family of dealerships has a long history in Santa Monica. This dealer group started when Mike’s father Wilfred H. “Sully” Sullivan opened its first dealership, Volkswagen Santa Monica, in 1964. Mike began his automotive career in 1976 at VW Santa Monica, working his way up through the ranks and eventually expanded in 1989 when he opened Lexus Santa Monica. LAcarGUY was then formed with a focus on treating customers with respect, supporting local communities, and contributing to environmental causes.
In their short history, Genesis has caught the attention of automotive media and has taken home some of their most prestigious awards. Now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the entire 2021 Genesis model lineup a 2021 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+. It’s a genuine honor, and a reflection of Genesis’ driver-first approach to vehicles and the ownership experience. Later in the year the dealership, one of the first stand-alone Genesis locations in America, will debut Genesis’ first fully-electric model: the Electrified G80.
“Genesis is pleased to be expanding our reach in Southern California with the opening of a new location in Santa Monica,” said Tedros Mengiste, Executive Director of Sales Operations, Genesis Motor America. “At Genesis, we put the customer at the core of everything we do. We are delighted to be partnering with the LAcarGUY family of dealerships in serving one of Greater Los Angeles’ most vibrant communities.”
Genesis Santa Monica will feature the full line of Genesis’ luxury vehicles including the redesigned sport sedan the G70, the G80 – the “Most Dependable Midsize Premium Car, 2 Years in a Row by J.D. Power,* the full-sized luxury flagship the G90, the G70 performance SUV, and the all-road capable yet luxurious G80 SUV (SUVs have limited availability). In addition to new car sales, Genesis Santa Monica will offer pre-owned sales, financing, and Genesis Concierge Service, where they pick up and drop off the customer’s car from their doorstep, while leaving them a loaner
Community involvement and sustainability have always been important to Mike Sullivan. LAcarGUY is one of the most environmentally concerned car dealership groups globally and have won a number of awards for their efforts. They have been passionate advocates for bringing hybrid and electric vehicles to their locations and with Genesis’ EV will now offer seven hybrids and electrics across their brands. Additionally, their Audi Pacific dealership in Torrance is the only LEED Gold certified Audi dealership in the US.
Growing up an avid surfer, Mike was inspired early on to do what he could to change an “environmentally challenged” automotive industry. Mike currently serves on the board of Heal the Bay, including supporting the Santa Monica Aquarium, and the Environmental Media Association. Over twenty years of dedication to the environmental community has helped LAcarGUY become one of the top hybrid/electric dealers in the country.
Genesis Santa Monica is currently located in a temporary location at 1100 Santa Monica Blvd., but will relocate to a purpose-built state-of-the-art dealership next to VW Santa Monica at 2450 Santa Monica Blvd. later in the year.