View Full Version : Why can't U.S. dealerships look like this? (56K warning)

02-18-2005, 04:12 PM
I posted this exact topic over at GMI, but since I think it's really interesting, I want to garner the opinions of those here at CSS. Well, I'll be travelling to the Philippines with relatives and friends this summer, but first I'll be stopping over at Japan. One of the biggest attractions in my AAA Guide to Japan are, well, car dealerships. I couldn't figure out why, but AAA says the "advanced design and elegance of car dealerships are far from the norm found in the United States and along with the friendly, well-dressed staff (salespersons) make this an enjoyable experience; most dealerships also speak fluent English". Well, I looked up these pictures online and I am stunned. These are interiors that you'd find in a science fiction movie, nevertheless in present-day Japan. Nissan's dealerships in Japan are called 'Nissan Gallery', and now I can see why.<p>Nissan GALLERY Sapporo<br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/SAPPORO/IMAGES/design.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/SAPPORO/IMAGES/turn_table.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/SAPPORO/IMAGES/s_sofa.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/SAPPORO/IMAGES/s_display.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Nissan GALLERY Honshu<br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/HONSHA/IMAGES/design.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/HONSHA/IMAGES/coffee.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/HONSHA/IMAGES/webkiosk.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/HONSHA/IMAGES/shijosha.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/HONSHA/IMAGES/l_screen.jpg" BORDER="0">

02-18-2005, 04:13 PM
Nissan GALLERY Ginza<br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/GINZA/IMAGES/design.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/GINZA/IMAGES/l_screen.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/GINZA/IMAGES/kigyo.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/GINZA/IMAGES/s_screen.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Nissan GALLERY Sakae<br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/SAKAE/IMAGES/design.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/SAKAE/IMAGES/md.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/SAKAE/IMAGES/sakae_top.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/IMAGES/all_top.jpg" BORDER="0">

02-18-2005, 06:57 PM
i wouldnt say that that dealership is way beyond the US, very nice, yes, however several dealerships i have contact with are very upscale and incorporate the plasma tv's every where, the windows so you can see the exoctics inside...rather nice

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02-18-2005, 07:57 PM
OMG...WOW!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> I don't think we have anything like that in Canada.

02-18-2005, 08:40 PM
Very nice indeed. It's like the interior of those dealerships is 20 years ahead of its time. <p>Damn, I wish we had dealers like those in the Philippines. A place where you can look at new cars, meet new people and lounge out at the same time.<p>

02-20-2005, 11:50 PM
There is this one street in Paris that has a bunch of boutiques and several of them are very stylized Car dealers. I'm pretty sure you can't buy one on the spot, but you can sit in them. The dealer has a very nice design and the sales people are very nice, although they don't speak too much english. They look very similar to the ones in the pictures you provided, just a different style.<p>

02-21-2005, 12:43 AM
WOW, both the cars and the dealership look the biz, thats a change!

02-21-2005, 08:47 AM
Those look like more of just showrooms, or the lounges the manufacturers set up at auto shows. Rather impressive, but clearly expensive. Besides, I think most people in the US want to walk in look at cars for a few minutes, then either buy or walk out. The few that do want to spend their time talking with others interested in these cars are just out of luck or have to come to places like this. But it would still be nice to see some of these nicer dealerships here.

02-22-2005, 01:16 AM
there's a dealership out here directly off the 101 freeway in calabassas and its really nice, very upscale, especially the cars ranging from the luxury germans to the Italian exotics...whenever driving on the freeway I can see an SLR on the showroom floor facing it...

03-06-2005, 06:54 AM
When Infiniti first popped onto the scene with this twigs and brooks commercials, their dealerships had this high end look. I remember trying to look at an Infiniti. We first had to go to the "contemplation" area to appreciate the car. Then my "consultant" needed to discuss with me my feelings and emotions about becoming an Infiniti owner. After 45 minutes of BS I finally got to do a test drive. I think most Americans cross shop and they do not have time to waste on wading through lavish show rooms to buy a Nissan Altima. They want to see product on display. They want to test drive without having to promise to buy the car. They want speed. I know the owner of the local VW/Porsche/Hyundai dealer and his philosophy is to get the customer to drive anything he want to test drive. If the customer wants to make a purchase, make the deal quickly and avoid the usual salesperson line about "I gotta take this to my manager..." The staff there is very respectful of the customer and more than anything THAT makes a good dealer.

03-07-2005, 12:46 PM
Wouldn't take much to add a few pcs with plasma design your own car, print your own catalog etc etc etc.<br>We're really quite backward in the US and UK....<br>Infiniti gave feel to its adverts but that didn't transalate into dealerships. Land Rover is close but needs updating and "techying". <br>One Honda dealer near here allows you to follow the progress of the service on your car on line.

03-07-2005, 08:59 PM
Nissan USA is slowly working to get Dealerships up to a level similar to this. It's slow going though but you should notice that the majority of larger Nissan dealers in te US are getting a white and metal exterior construction and an almost "Feng-shui" like interior with couches, plants, and car.<p>Still a long way from the japanese car dealers though.