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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2014) – Hendrick Automotive Group has acquired Murrieta Volkswagen from owner Joe Herold and today re-opened the dealership under the name Volkswagen of Murrieta. Located at 41300 Date Street, it is the first Volkswagen franchise nationally for Hendrick Automotive Group.

The new Volkswagen of Murrieta is Hendrick Automotive Group’s second dealership in Murrieta, Calif., and 10th in the state. Volkswagen is the 27th manufacturer nameplate offered by the Charlotte-based company, which now operates 87 dealerships across the United States.

“We’re proud to partner with Volkswagen and are delighted to launch our relationship in a terrific community like Murrieta,” said Kirk Heppler, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hendrick Automotive Group. “Their products are some of the most innovative and efficient on the road, and we’re excited to offer the full lineup to our customers. Everyone at Hendrick Automotive Group is looking forward to working with the people at VW and building a long and successful association.”

John Ellyson, who joined Hendrick Automotive Group in 2005 and most recently was general sales manager at BMW of Murrieta, will serve as general manager of Volkswagen of Murrieta. Market area vice president Donna Gebers oversees all Hendrick Automotive Group dealership operations in Murrieta.

“John and his team are committed to providing our customers with a world-class experience,” Gebers said. “Murrieta has been a strong market for Volkswagen, and this is a wonderful opportunity to build on that tradition. Fostering a service-oriented and welcoming environment in the store is essential, and we have a talented group of people who are focused on exactly that.”

Volkswagen of Murrieta features 250 new and pre-owned cars on site plus access to the entire inventory of more than 6,000 pre-owned vehicles. The 23,000-square-foot dealership sits on 3.5 acres, houses 27 service bays and offers customer amenities including courtesy vehicles, free Wi-Fi and shuttle service to area attractions. Plans to upgrade the facility are in the process of being developed.

Open seven days a week for sales and Monday through Saturday for service, Volkswagen of Murrieta will employ more than 60 people. For information on employment opportunities, please visit The dealership is currently hiring client advisors, porters and other positions.

For more information on Volkswagen of Murrieta, please visit Customers also can like the dealership on Facebook at and follow on Twitter @VWofMurrieta.



Encompassing 87 dealerships from the Carolinas to California, Hendrick Automotive Group is one of the largest automotive retail organizations in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company employs more than 9,000 people in its dealerships, collision centers and accessories distributor installers in 13 states. For more information, please visit


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