Steele Auto Group is the most diversified group of automobile dealerships in Atlantic Canada, with 40 dealerships selling 27 brands and an employee base of over 2000. Sales are up by double digits over last year and the plan going forward is to expand further into Atlantic Canada.
The first dealership - Steele Chrysler, formerly known as Collins Chrysler, has grown to be one of Atlantic Canada's leading Chrysler dealers. Steele Volkswagen was added in February 1998, and Volvo of Halifax and Steele Jaguar were added to the Steele Auto Group in August 1999. A new state-of-the-art facility was constructed for Steele Volkswagen, and officially opened in June 1999.
The following year brought further growth with the addition of Steele Hyundai and Land Rover of Halifax in 2000. The Steele Clearance Centre was also established that year - home to the region's largest and best selection of pre-owned vehicles.
Over the next two years, the Ford and Mazda brands were added to the Group - Wood Motors Ford in February 2001, Steele Mazda in July 2002, and Taylor Ford Lincoln in December 2002. Wood Motors and Taylor Ford Lincoln were merged in January 2004 to become Steele Ford Lincoln, the largest Ford dealer in HRM. Extensive renovations on both the Ford and Mazda facilities were completed to provide improved service and selection for you. Porsche of Halifax was established in late 2005, and a new state-of-the-art facility was constructed for Steele Hyundai. Also in 2005, four of our Body Shop operations were consolidated into two large stand-alone units known as the Steele Collision Centers, Halifax and Dartmouth.
Dexter's Subaru and Dexter's Audi, both in Halifax, and Steele Subaru Dartmouth were acquired in July 2007. In 2010 we added Halifax Chrysler in Bayer's Lake Halifax. And on May 2nd, 2011 we were proud to welcome MacPhee Chevrolet (now known as Steele Chevrolet) into our group bringing the total up to 15 dealerships.
On April 1st, 2014 we've further added to our group with the acquisition of City Chrylser located in Cornerbrook Newfoundland.
In the spring of 2015 we purchased the OLeary Auto Group comprised of Oleary Buick GMC and Fredericton Hyundai both in Fredericton New Brunswick. Soon after came Fairway Honda in Corner Brook Newfoundland rounding our Newfoundland footprint to 2 dealers. Adding to the acquisition sprint, Subaru of Moncton in New Brunswick came on board as our first dealership in Moncton.
And in the early part of 2017 we welcomed to the group both Carroll GM (rebranded as South Shore Chevrolet) in Hebbville and Bridgewater Honda also in Hebbville.
In January 2019, we were proud to welcome the Penney Group of dealerships! City Honda, Gander Kia, Gander Hyundai, Gander Toyota, Simmons Honda, Penney Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz St. John's and Steele Mazda St. John's (formerly Penney Mazda).
Shortly thereafter we were thrilled to bring on board Tristar Mercedes in Moncton New Brunswick and Tristar Mercedes located in Saint John New Brunswick.
And as of May 2019, we have welcomed Anchor Toyota in Stellarton Nova Scotia, Discover Kia, Experience Hyundai and Subaru of Charlottetown located on Prince Edward Island.
We now have a grand total of 27 brands with 40 locations throughout Atlantic Canada. Renovations and improvements continue as we grow and expand, demonstrating our on-going commitment to providing the region's best possible value and choice in new and pre-owned vehicles and service.