July 1, 2021 – LaFontaine Automotive Group, the fastest-growing dealer group in Michigan, today announced it has acquired Ralph Thayer Automotive based in Livonia, Michigan, which includes Hyundai, Mazda and Volkswagen franchises. This latest acquisition comes on the heels of the Group’s recent purchase of Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walled Lake and Delehanty Ford in Flushing in October of 2020.
“On behalf of my family and our passionate LaFontaine team, we are excited to welcome the employees and customers of Ralph Thayer Automotive into our LaFontaine family,” said Ryan LaFontaine, CEO, LaFontaine Automotive Group. “This strategic acquisition further strengthens our ability to serve customers in the greater Metro Detroit area – for sales, service, body shop and parts.”
Founded in 1980 by Michael Sr. and the Maureen LaFontaine, the nationally-recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group now includes 44 retail franchises, six collision centers and 25 Michigan retail locations. The Group employs over 1,800 individuals. It’s the ongoing mission of the LaFontaine family and passionate team members to personalize the automotive experience by building lifelong relationships that connect families and strengthen communities. The Group sold 36,277 vehicles in 2020 and is ranked as the 43rd largest dealer group based in the U.S. by Automotive News.
“After navigating all of the uncertainly throughout 2020 and into 2021, one thing that has remained consistent is my family’s commitment to our LaFontaine family of 1,800 plus employees to continue to expand our footprint and position us for continued growth,” added Ryan LaFontaine. “We now have locations within 25 minutes of any city in Metro Detroit, expanding our offering pickup and delivery for sales and service to hundreds of thousands of residents.”
Michael Law will oversee the new LaFontaine Livonia Complex. Law started with LaFontaine Automotive Group in 2003 and in addition to his new role, currently oversees LaFontaine’s Dearborn Import Complex, representing six franchises – Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen. “It is a true honor to take the helm and lead the dedicated team in Livonia. I look forward to welcoming everyone into our dealership and delivering a best-in-class automotive experience for our customers,” said Law.
Matt Szabla will be the new General Sales Manager for the new LaFontaine Livonia Complex. Szabla started with LaFontaine Automotive Group in 2013 and in addition to his new role, currently is the GSM of LaFontaine’s Dearborn Import Complex, working alongside Law.
“We are looking forward to pouring our passion into the Livonia community to foster lifelong relationships with residents and businesses alike, and with these new locations, we will be able to increase our support and make a greater impact on those living and working in the surrounding communities,” said Kelley LaFontaine, Vice President, LaFontaine Automotive Group.
Ralph Thayer Automotive is a family owned and operated dealership serving southeast Michigan since 1971.
As of this announcement, the dealerships will be renamed LaFontaine Hyundai of Livonia, LaFontaine Mazda of Livonia and LaFontaine Volkswagen of Livonia.
About LaFontaine Automotive Group
Founded in 1980 by Michael Sr. and the Maureen LaFontaine, the award-winning and nationally-recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group includes 44 retail franchises, six collision centers and 25 Michigan retail locations. The group employs over 1,800 individuals. It’s the mission of the LaFontaine Family to personalize the automotive experience by building lifelong relationships that connect families and strengthen communities. The LaFontaine commitment to customers, staff, and local communities is demonstrated by active participation and contributions to numerous non-profit organizations, educational institutions and charities throughout southeast Michigan. The combination of both the mission and core values provides the basic foundation of our promise … to treat every customer like they are members of our family. From sales, to service to parts, LaFontaine Automotive Group is able to meet any customer’s specific needs. LaFontaine represents the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Fiat, Genesis, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, KIA, Mazda, RAM, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen. The LaFontaine Family Deal; it’s not just what you get, it’s how you feel. Visit www.familydeal.com for additional details.
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