Houston Dealership (Expo Motorcars) Joins Spyker Cars Retail Network
High-end automobile dealership Expo Motorcars has been named a factory authorized dealer to represent Spyker Cars, a Dutch high-performance sports car brand. As a result, the facility will do business as Spyker of Houston. Expo Motorcars has two locations in Houston, and already has several short-wheelbase Spykers in stock. It will begin selling the new C8 Aileron later this year, according to the company.
“We’re delighted to be able to now offer our customers the opportunity to experience and buy a Spyker. Expo Motorcars sells vehicles from the world’s finest and most exotic manufacturers, and is committed to providing the highest level of customer service. Spyker is the perfect product for us,” said Mark E. Thomas, COO and CFO of Expo Motorcars. “With ten years in the Houston marketplace, our two locations, 12-bay service center, several short wheelbase Spykers in stock and the all-new Spyker Aileron coming later this year, we have the perfect facility and lineup to help discriminating automotive enthusiasts in the Houston area drive the car of their dreams.”
The Spyker C8 is an advanced mid-engine, two-seat sports car, available in both coupe (Laviolette) and convertible (Spyder). It is characterized by a distinctive design, a lightweight all-aluminium body and sophisticated suspension and engineering. Both the Laviolette and Spyder have an all-aluminium Audi V8 engine paired to a manual six-speed gearbox. The Spyker C8 Laviolette and Spyder have a top speed of 187 mph and accelerate from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.
The production version of the next generation Spyker sports car, C8 Aileron, was unveiled last month at the Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva, Switzerland and made its North American debut earlier this month at the New York International Auto Show. The Spyker C8 Aileron is all new, with a longer wheel base to make more interior space and accommodate an automatic gearbox. The Aileron is powered by an Audi 4.2 Liter V8 engine and features an all-aluminum space frame, suspension developed by Lotus and is equipped with a sound system, Bluetooth interface, iPod connectivity and navigation system by Kharma. First shipments of the Spyker C8 Aileron to the United States are scheduled for fall of this year.
About Spyker Cars:
Beginning in 1875 as a coach builder, Spyker produced its first motorcar in 1898. From its earliest days Spyker cars have been known as powerful and exclusive, many of them establishing speed records. The company later built fighter aircraft and engines. The Spyker Company ceased trading in 1925, but its brand name and reputation for technologically advanced, exotic and dependable cars has been passed on to the new Spyker company and its cars. Built on five brand pillars – heritage, design, craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity – Spyker Cars started in 2000 as a Dutch manufacturer of hand-crafted, premium sports cars. The racing and aviation heritage of the early cars has been carried over to contemporary Spykers, which also benefit from experience gained by participating in events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Every body panel and component of the Spyker is numbered to indentify it as belong to the car’s chassis number. The company’s slogan, introduced in 1914, “Nulla tenaci invia est via: For the tenacious no road is impassable” continues to be used on its distinctive propeller and wheel logo. Spyker Cars is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam.
Mark Thomas (CFO/COO)