Porsche Canada has opened its first national parts distribution centre, giving overnight delivery — by ground and air — to its 19 dealers across the country.
Delivery will be made in a two-shift model operated by logistics company DB Schenker, the automaker said in a statement Wednesday.
The 100,000-square-foot (16,250-square-metre) building, based out of the Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga, Ont., has convenient access to Ontario’s major 400-series highways. The warehouse is strategically located near Toronto’s Pearson International and Hamilton’s John C. Munro airports.
The automaker did not say how much the new facility will cost.
A small ceremony marked the first part picked and earmarked for Porsche Centre North Toronto. The first shipment to leave the Greater Toronto Area was destined for Quebec, which is home to four Porsche stores.
Without elaborating, the automaker said the new facility “opens the door for future business with additional further strategic opportunities.”
“With ample capacity to meet growing demand, it paves the way to a bright future in supplying parts for Porsche Centres and their customers even more rapidly and efficiently,” Porsche Cars Canada President Marc Ouayoung said in a statement.
Porsche sales have been booming in Canada. It sold an unprecedented 8,904 vehicles in 2018, up eight per cent over the 8,249 vehicles it sold in 2017.
Sales are up five per cent to 6,796 vehicles through September this year.
In 2017, Porsche Canada relocated its corporate headquarters to a new facility in Toronto, between two major arteries that serve the Greater Toronto Area. The new location is at the northeast corner of highways 401 and 404. Since 2009, the automaker’s Canadian head office had been located in the neighbouring city of Mississauga.