01/22/09 07:38PM Big Engines and Big Rear Ends, Ford, high performance, hot rods, Muscle Cars, Mustang, Roush, street rods

ROUSH DEALER OF THE YEAR
Demand for Performance Cars and Parts Remains High


For the second consecutive year, Lance Cunningham Ford in Knoxville, Tenn., was named the top dealer for ROUSH® Performance.

The top dealer for 2008 was tabulated by calculating the overall sales for ROUSH new and demo vehicles, high-performance parts and propane trucks and kits. ROUSH Performance has more than 475 dealers across the United States and Canada so being named the best of the group is quite an accomplishment.

“Those guys over at Lance Cunningham Ford are awesome and really good at what they do. They faced some very stiff competition this year from Grand Prairie Ford and Brandon Ford and they met the challenge,” said Joe Thompson, vice president and general manager of ROUSH Performance
“We had a number of dealers do some very good business in the face of the current economic climate which indicates that the right product, like ROUSH, represented the right way can still move off a dealer’s lot even in tough times like these. I am proud of all the ROUSH dealers for the job they did this year and especially want to congratulate everyone at Lance Cunningham Ford on being our number one dealer for the second year in a row.”

In terms of overall sales, the top ROUSH dealers for 2008 were:
1. Lance Cunningham Ford (Knoxville, Tenn.)
2. Grand Prairie Ford (Grand Prairie, Texas)
3. Brandon Ford (Tampa, Fla.)
4. Columbine Ford (Rifle, Colo.)
5. Gary Yeomans Ford (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
6. Galpin Auto Sports Ford (North Hills, Calif.)
7. Town & Country Ford (Madison, Tenn.)
8. Town & Country Ford (Bessemer, Ala.)
9. Imperial Ford (Milford, Mass.)
10. Gordie Boucher Ford Lincoln Mercury (Janesville, Wis.)

“Obviously 2008 was a challenging year for everyone in the auto industry, but we had another strong year at ROUSH and a lot of that was due to the hard work done by our entire dealer base. The ROUSH-authorized Ford dealers are still the primary source of information about our line of vehicles and parts and they stepped up and used ROUSH as one way to keep the dealership profits higher than those that don’t sell our products,” said Thompson.

Though the overall market for vehicle sales has slowed significantly, many dealers are discovering that the demand for performance vehicles and parts remains high. Consequently, those outlets that carry ROUSH products are finding a new profit center and able to supplement their sales during a challenging economic period.