Shaun Duminy, Franchise Director of the SMD Group is a motor racing enthusiast and known nationally for his passion for exotic motor vehicles. Shaun had set his heart on creating a first world facility, a few years ago. His vision had always been to have a one-stop facility that is a destination for his clients rather than a motor dealership. Satisfying Motorists Dreams is what the group believe in.
The state-of-the-art, 14 437 m₂ facility in Ballito, opened in December 2013. This five-story building includes a Jaguar & Land Rover showroom as well as a Ford showroom. The first floor holds pre-owned exotic vehicles like Ferrari’s and Maserati’s as well as pre-owned Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
Their modern service centres feature the latest in technology and equipment. “Service is one of the key elements that the SMD Group always focus on” said Ivan Hartley, Dealer Principal. The showroom opens from Monday to Friday at 8am and closes at 5pm and on Saturday’s from 8am to 1pm.
“Our Service & Parts departments can cater for up to one hundred services a day, with two 1200m₂ service centres offering excellent service and turnaround time, focusing on fixing it right the first time” said Shaun.
“We offer a courtesy car for our customers and have also introduced transport to and from the airport, for the person who has business meetings in other cities but wish their vehicle to be serviced in their absence."
With a staff compliment of almost 200, the SMD Group is set to handle all your vehicle requirements. “Selecting the right people has been a major priority. All staff have training throughout the year ensuring that we can bring you first class service in a first world facility”. said Ivan.
The entire SMD Group building has energy efficient LED lighting with special glazed glass panels that keep the air inside the building cool. Five invertors deliver 30 000 watts of energy which convert to power in the generator room. The rooftop has solar panels that are able to generate 50 % of the power needed to run the entire building.
Rain water is harvested from the rooftop into fresh water tanks with a capacity of 500 000 litres. The rain water is filtered in the tanks and is used for washing vehicles as well as irrigating the surrounding gardens.