The long-awaited return of the Vancouver International Auto Show kicked off with an opening night celebration honouring Green Star Dealer Award recipients for their outstanding work in selling clean energy vehicles and Salespeople of the Year award winners.

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“It is only fitting that the return of the Auto Show after a four-year absence should begin with a celebration of excellence,” said Blair Qualey, President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. “This was an opportunity to honour some of our best and brightest and recognize many emerging leaders in our industry.”

The Green Star Awards recognize New Car Dealers selling the highest number of clean energy-eligible vehicles annually across all brands, by provincial region, including the most Improved Dealership (Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior, and Northern BC).

“British Columbians are embracing zero-emission vehicles at record levels, and the Province is supporting this transition by providing rebates for people, making ZEVs more affordable, and by connecting communities through expanding our fast-charging network,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Resources. “Congratulations to the award recipients and all New Car Dealers for helping connect British Columbians with clean transportation options and a sustainable future.”

Sales figures for 2023 show ZEVs represented almost 23% of new light-duty passenger vehicles sold over the year, the highest percentage for any province or territory. The number of applications processed through the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate Program also surpassed 22,500 – an all-time high.

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EBlock presents the Salesperson of the Year Award to dealer-member salespeople across all classes who have excelled in the front-line position of sales – and include the following:

  • Top BEV Sales – Vancouver Island: Harbourview Autohaus, Nanaimo
  • Top PHEV Sales – Vancouver Island: Nanaimo Mitsubishi
  • Top BEV Sales – Lower Mainland: Vancouver Volkswagen
  • Top PHEV Sales – Lower Mainland: OpenRoad Toyota-Richmond
  • Top BEV Sales – Interior: Kelowna Chevrolet
  • Top PHEV Sales – Interior: Valley Mitsubishi, Kelowna
  • Top BEV Sales – North: Northland Hyundai, Prince George
  • Top PHEV Sales – North: Prince George Toyota
  • Most Improved Dealership BEV Sales: Cranbrook Kia
  • Most Improved Dealership PHEV Sales: Gustafson’s Kia, Prince George

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About the New Car Dealers Association of BC: 

The New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) represents over 400 new car and truck dealers throughout British Columbia. These dealers directly employ 30,000 British Columbians and are responsible for $17 billion in retail sales in the province. The Association speaks on behalf of the retail automotive industry and advocates for legal, environmental, and consumer issues relating to vehicle sales in British Columbia.

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Helen Siwak, Luxury Lifestyle Observer
Helen Siwak, Luxury Lifestyle Observer
Helen Siwak is the founder of EcoLuxLuv Marketing & Communications Inc and publisher of Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, PORTFOLIOY.YVR Business & Entrepreneurs Magazine, and digital women's lifestyle magazine EcoLuxLifestyle.co. She is a prolific content creator, consultant, and marketing and media strategist within the ecoluxury lifestyle niche. Post-pandemic, she has worked with many small to mid-sized plant-based/vegan brands to build their digital foundations and strategize content creation and business development. Helen is the west coast correspondent to Canada’s top-read industry magazine Retail-Insider, holds a vast freelance portfolio, and consults with many of the world’s luxury heritage brands. Always seeking new opportunities and challenges, you can email her at helen@ecoluxluv.com.
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