THINK ten years of concours

Beautiful Serrano

Serrano in El Dorado Hills

This October, The Niello Company will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Niello Concours at Serrano by exhibiting some of the most historic vehicles in the world, as well as introduce an astonishing selection of modern luxury automobiles. This event will feature the Marque of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and will celebrate 50 years of Lamborghini and the Porsche 911.

Join us as we celebrate ten years of Concours excellence on October 6th, 2013. Advance tickets will be available for purchase in early September at all Niello dealerships, or online using TicketWeb. Ticket information can also be found on the official Niello Concours at Serrano webpage. We hope to see you there. This event in beautiful El Dorado Hills is one you won’t want to miss.

Motorcars on the green

Motorcars on the green

Tickets will be $35.00 in advance and $45.00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. Tickets will no longer be available online after 3:00pm on October 5th, 2013, but will be available to purchase at the event on Sunday October 6th. The event is open to the public from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Click here for directions.

4525 Serrano Parkway
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

If you are interested in submitting your motorcar for entry in the Niello Concours at Serrano, click here for the 2013 Entry Form.

A portion of the net proceeds from the Niello Concours in Serrano weekend of activities will benefit The Concours Foundation.

Roger, Rick Jr. and Rick Sr.

Left to right: Roger Niello, Richard Niello Sr., Rick Niello Jr..

Since 1921, The Niello Company has associated itself the most exceptional and distinctive automobiles, such as Pierce-Arrow, celebrated at last year’s event. After 92 years of automotive excellence, the company continues to seek out exceptional automobiles and present them in state-of-the-art dealerships. This year, we are delighted to celebrate the Marque of Porsche with the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911. Niello Porsche in Rocklin is the longest owned Porsche dealership in the country, so we are more than thrilled to hold this honor. This is a pinnacle vehicle. As you walk the grounds on Sunday, make sure to stop by the patio area for an impressive display of the Porsche 911, then and now.

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2013 Niello Concours at Serrano

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THINK longevity

Longevity RecognitionThe Niello Company recently hosted the 2013 Longevity Awards at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento. Founded in 1889, the Club has survived the Great Depression, both World Wars, and “Stands today as strong as it has ever been and looks to a future bright and as rich as its past.” (copyright 2013, Sutter Club). The phrase “Where history meets the present” is used to describe this organization.

Longevity Award ReceptionThese are appropriate words considering this is where The Niello Company annually meets to recognize employment longevity. Along with the Sutter Club, The Niello Company today stands as strong as it has ever been, and also looks to a promising future. It is for this reason that longevity is appreciated in such highly regarded recognition each year.

Longevity RecognitionLongevity award recipients and their guests were invited to the Sutter Club for an exclusive cocktail reception. Along with Rick Niello, the General Managers for each of The Niello Company dealerships, and members of the Management Company, award recipients celebrating longevity in 5 year increments enjoyed fine food and drink as they mingled, shared stories, and otherwise enjoyed good company.

Longevity RecognitionThis year, over 60 employees were recognized for longevity, ranging from 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and even 35 years of employment. Keep in mind: this is an annual reception. Each year the list of award recipients changes. Each year those celebrating 5 years of employment or longer are recognized. Each year more and more employees are appreciated with such camaraderie for their dedication.

Longevity RecognitionWith nearly 600 employed at The Niello Company, the list of long-term employment is astonishing. “We are in the people business,” Rick Niello is often heard saying. Not only is this true of our customers, but our employees as well. The award is a gold pin with the company logo and number of years  engraved on the front, and below that two gems: rubies for 5 years of employment, sapphires for 10, and then emeralds and diamonds.

Longevity RecognitionThis year, 42 employees were recognized for 5 years of continuous employment, 15 employees for 10 years, 3 employees for 15 years, 3 employees for 20 (Dave Bashaw of Niello MINI, Bradford Clough of BMW Sacramento, Gui Sabate of Niello Porsche), as well as an employee with 25 years (John Fay of BMW Sacramento) and 35 years (Rob Shaw of BMW Sacramento).

This year alone, The Niello Company recognized 525 years of combined dedication.

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THINK niello.com evolution

Did you notice the new look of niello.com? The Niello Company recently updated the core site with a complete redesign and some exciting new features. The first of these is a new vehicle inventory search, directly on the homepage (bottom right), allowing you to search all Niello dealerships for the perfect vehicle. Whether you’re after an Acura, Audi, BMW, FIAT, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen, or any other pre-owned vehicle offered by Niello dealerships, you can search for it in one simple place. Search by make, model, year, or even a price range to find the vehicle that is right for you. As one of the scrolling THINK Niello phrases on the new homepage states: “THINK great place to buy”.

www.niello.com

A new social media section (bottom left) will keep you up-to-date with all the Niello happenings. Here you can follow The Niello Company on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and another new outlet, The Niello Company Blog (you’re reading it now). An automated Twitter feed and listing of upcoming Niello events is right on the homepage as well.

Also noteworthy is the addition of Niello FIAT, the newest brand in The Niello Company lineup. Not only did niello.com go through a complete makeover, but the Niello FIAT website as well: fiat.niello.com. Check out the new website to see the hottest trend in Italian motors, such as the sporty FIAT 500 Abarth and the impressive 4-door FIAT 500L. You can read more about the acquisition of FIAT in the earlier blog post, THINK Italian.

fiat.niello.com

Remember the THINK not so mini blog post a while back, introducing you to the new Niello MINI home at 3210 Auburn Boulevard opening later this year? To help celebrate this new adventure, the Niello MINI website was redesigned as well: mini.niello.com. The new site is much easier to use, and most importantly, more fun to navigate.

mini.niello.com

One of the The Niello Company’s core values is “We embrace change.” Another is “We hold high expectations”. We embrace change willingly when it comes to new technologies to improve the car-buying experience for our customers. And we hold the highest of expectations when representing the vehicles we offer on the ever-changing Internet. Hopefully the new site will do just that.

Before you go, The Niello Company would like to offer you a (somewhat embarrassing) glimpse at the evolution of niello.com over the years. Simply scroll down and we’ll take you all the way back to the beginning of niello.com: December 1996.

April 2013

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January 2011

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July 2007

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August 2006

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November 2003

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May 2000

May 2000 (we’re sorry)

November 1998

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December 1996

December 1996

How’s that for a blast through the past?

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THINK perfect drive

The Perfect Drive

Follow Ed Crane from KFBK News Radio (92.5FM / AM1530) as he tours The Niello Company dealerships on his journey to find the perfect drive in his video series The Perfect Drive – In search of the best cars money can buy.

His most recent review is from Niello FIAT, a franchise recently added to The Niello Company line-up. Ed drove the 2013 FIAT 500 Sport, “A car that’s been around the globe… now being driven in 80 different countries.” After driving around town for a while, he stated, “This is perfect car if you live in the city. A perfect car if you live in Sacramento. Easy to park, good on mileage, comfortable if you’re in stop-and-go… If you’ve got friends at the gas station, write to ’em.”

While at Niello Porsche, he took a test drive of the 2014 Porsche Cayman S, which he calls, “A real sports car… This thing’s a rocket. Plenty of power if you need to pass, plenty of power if you need to do just about anything. It’s got that great Porsche styling… If you don’t like a sporty ride, if you don’t like two seats, if you don’t like a lot of fun on the road, this might not be your perfect drive, but it is mine.”

He stopped by Maserati of Sacramento to review the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport and its convertible counterpart. “You’re gonna like it. The muscular lines and attractive profile command attention. An object of refined beauty that combines sportiness, elegance, and increased performance. The GranTurismo Sport redefines the top of class in appearance and performance… Where’s the luxury? This just screams it. This is a very comfortable rocket ship.”

In a previous review, Ed Crane visited Niello MINI to check out the 2013 MINI Countryman. “You used to see these MINI Coopers on the road and I’d think to myself, ‘it’s like a Matchbox toy that’s come to life,’ but I’m walking the lot here at Niello MINI and I realize: not all the MINI’s are all that… mini.” After taking the Countryman on a test drive, he stated, “This is the kind of vehicle that screams ‘I have a personality, and this is why I drive this vehicle.’ This is about fun.”

He also stopped by Niello BMW Elk Grove where he met with Matt Ryan, General Manager, to take the 2013 BMW 328i on the road. “It’s engineered for somebody who really likes to drive. And it’s especially good on the highway. You have no fear of acceleration. You get it… A nice car if you’re driving around town, a nice car if you’re driving the long haul. If you want luxury, but don’t want to pay a fortune for it, if you want performance, if you want state-of-the-art technology, it could be your perfect drive.”

“It’s no trick finding comfort in an SUV, but if 60 years of SUV evolution, reliability, and a global track record where the track often unpaved, uphill, occasionally underwater, or buried in snow, you don’t want some prissy SUV; you want the original, the warrior. Your perfect drive could be a Range Rover.” This is what Ed had to say after sitting in the back of the 2013 Range Rover at Land Rover Rocklin‘s all-terrain test track. “Substantial!”

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In another edition of The Perfect Drive, involving a trip to Niello Volkswagen, he had this to say about the 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: “Volkswagen has come a long way. Luxury styling, great gas mileage, and a great price… With the diesel version of the Passat, you can drive that baby down to Los Angeles and back before your first gas station stop, 800 miles plus!”

Niello Audi provided Ed a look at the 2013 Audi allroad. “Somewhere, you might see a bumper sticker that says ‘Crossovers Are for Soccer Moms’. Well, the person who put it on their bumper never drove this vehicle… Is it a wagon, is it a crossover, is it a luxury vehicle that just can travel on all surfaces? It might be all three.” After cruising surface streets and driving business 80, he called it “An all-terrain workhorse.”

“You remember the 90’s?” he asked at Niello Acura. “Bigger was better when it came to the automotive world. So many of us had these big SUV’s. They rode like trucks because they basically were ‘tricked up’ trucks and they got truck mileage… It’s all about luxury in the crossover. Acura has one of the best right now, the RDX… Soccer mom with style, or just an all-seasons, all-needs driver who appreciates value, this could be your perfect drive.”

The first video produced for Ed Crane’s Perfect Drive series was at Jaguar Sacramento with the 2012 Jaguar XJ. “You don’t want to get out of this car. It’s that comfortable… It’s the performance and the comfort that I would buy this car for, and they have everybody beat on those two scores.”

* Follow Ed Crane on Twitter @EdCrane1 or @ThePerfectDrive, or on Facebook at facebook.com/ThePerfectDrive.

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THINK big fun

Team Niello

The big Ferris wheel

The big Ferris wheel

The 2013 Niello Company Employee Appreciation Party was recently held at the California State Fair at Cal Expo. Since the State Fair is a robust celebration of the State of California, its industries, agriculture and diversity of its people, this served as the perfect location to celebrate with all Niello employees and their families. The State Fair’s motto is “Food * Family * Fun”, the perfect environment for a magical night. With over a thousand in attendance this year, 2013 is now marked as the largest Niello Employee Appreciation Party to date.

View from the top

A view from the top

Niello dealerships closed at 2:00pm on Friday, July 19th, and employees were encouraged to enter the State Fair at their leisure anytime thereafter, with complimentary parking vouchers made available prior. Under a Niello tent, a registration booth was setup at the gate to check in employees and their families. This welcome included friendly smiles and handing out some Niello swag. This was a great way to thank our employees for their valued support throughout the year, and a great opportunity for Niello employees to spend time with coworkers and their families outside the office.

Magical Midway

Magical Midway

At the Grandstand Clubhouse in the Cal Expo Harness Racing building, Niello employees and their families were then welcomed to face painters, balloon artists, a caricature artist, a Giggle & Riot photo booth to take ridiculous pictures with friends and family, and a private barbecue dinner from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, as well as a bar managed by drink coupons. And the mingling ensued! From 7:00pm until close, Niello employees and their families were able to enjoy the State Fair for some “Big Fun.” Check out the photo booth pictures at the link below:

Giggle & Riot Photobooth

* Follow The Niello Company on Twitter @thinkniello, on Facebook at facebook.com/theniellocompany. And don’t forget to follow the California State Fair @statefairca.

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THINK best place to work

For the second year in a row, The Niello Company has been recognized by Automotive News in their annual look at the Best Dealerships To Work For in North America. “The recognition begins with this list of the top 100 places to work – a summary that honors new-car dealerships in the United States and Canada that have excelled in creating a high-quality work environment.” – Jason Stien, Automotive News Publisher.

Out of over 22,000 dealerships in the nation, and out of only eight chosen to represent California, The Niello Company was recognized as having four of the 100 best dealerships to work for in North America, including Niello Audi, under the leadership of Matt Phelan, Niello BMW Elk Grove, under the leadership of Matt Ryan, Land Rover Rocklin, under the leadership of Eric Niello, and Niello Porsche, under the leadership of Don Faerber. On October 17th, 2013, Automotive News will celebrate the 2013 Best Dealerships to Work For program to recognize each of the 100 best dealerships, and to announce the top ten.

Managed by the Best Companies Group, the survey and recognition program was established to find and recognize the best employers in the automotive dealership industry. The Niello Company is proud to have four of its dealerships in this program for two years running.

2012 Best Dealerships To Work For - Top Ten

2012 Best Dealerships To Work For – Top Ten

A special congratulation is in order for Land Rover Rocklin and Niello Porsche. This is the second year for both dealerships making it onto the list. Last year, in the inaugural event, ten dealerships were chosen to represent California, with The Niello Company having four dealerships in the top 100, including Niello Volkswagen, Land Rover / Jaguar Sacramento, and the aforementioned Land Rover Rocklin and Niello Porsche. Out of this list of 100, the top ten dealerships in North America were revealed in an awards ceremony in Chicago in October 2012. The #8 spot was held by none other than Niello Porsche, marking Niello Porsche as the top Porsche dealership in the country.

Last year, Rick Niello was asked to speak about practices and policies that helped make The Niello Company one of the great places to work, as well as participate on a panel discussing such work ethic.

Highlights from the 2012 event in Chicago

Highlights from the 2012 event in Chicago

“We are in the people business,” Rick Niello often proclaims. Nationally-recognized awards like these exemplify that statement, as does The Niello Company mission statement: We are committed to providing distinctive automotive products and exceptional service while treating our customers and employees with unyielding integrity, as well as The Niello Company vision: To be Northern California’s leading automobile dealer for the products we represent. On a daily basis, employees uphold the following core values:

  • We are a team
  • We respect each other
  • We encourage self-improvement
  • We hold high expectations
  • We embrace change
  • We enthusiastically value our customer
  • We support our community

The Niello Company philosophy positively impacts the community through employees and customers alike. Upholding such values is the reason why The Niello Company is such a great place to work, and likewise a great place to buy a car, and the reason many of its dealerships continue to rank among the top 100 in North America.

* Follow Automotive News on Twitter @Automotive_News or Best Companies Group @BestCompaniesGP. Don’t forget to follow our dealerships on Facebook: Niello Audi, Niello BMW Elk Grove, Land Rover Rocklin, and Niello Porsche.

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THINK Italian

FIAT USA has named The Niello Company its Sacramento dealer. Soon you will see this popular Italian make alongside our Maserati lineup at the 2030 Fulton Avenue location, directly between Niello BMW Sacramento and Jaguar / Land Rover Sacramento. Niello Italian Imports, Inc. was recently established to give Sacramento a new home for the various Italian brands represented by The Niello Company, with future plans allowing for Alfa Romeo.

To accommodate these exciting changes, the existing 2030 Fulton Avenue building will go through a complete interior and exterior remodel. The existing Maserati showroom will be expanded, and split down the center, with the ever-impressive lineup of Maserati vehicles on one side and the sporty FIAT lineup on the other. A new service drive will be added to the building, as well as an expansion of the service bay, to provide customers with the award-winning service that has come to be expected at Niello dealerships.

Exterior building concept

Exterior building concept

Remodel construction will begin soon, but in the meantime, feel free to visit the 2030 Fulton Avenue location for all your FIAT needs. Sales hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Service hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, closed Saturday and Sunday. Parts hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, closed Sunday.

Call toll-free at 888.275.FIAT (3248), locally at 916.977.FIAT (3248), or visit online at  fiat.niello.com.

Interior building concept

Interior building concept

The addition of FIAT continues The Niello Company’s legacy of specializing in selling popular, highly sought-after automobiles. For FIAT, The Niello Company made the perfect partner for the Sacramento market because of both companies’ shared passions to exceed expectations in customer service, as exemplified by a few of The Niello Company’s core values: we hold high expectations, and we enthusiastically value our customer.

“We are in the business of providing an experience matched with unsurpassed service and quality in selling high-demand autos to our customers. Niello FIAT will provide the same exceptional customer experience found throughout The Niello Company.” – Rick Niello, President.

Fiat 3.5 hp (1899)

Fiat 3.5 hp (1899) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know FIAT was founded in 1899? Check out this 3.5 HP beauty from Turin Italy, the model that started it all. And in case you are wondering about the initials, FIAT stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Tornio, which was their first produced automobile, built 22 years before The Niello Company inception.

Today, FIAT is known for offering compact sport cars with an Italian flare, including models for everyone from the average driver to the sports car enthusiast, and everything in between. The FIAT brand identifies with sleek design, impressive performance and unmatched personality. FIAT is a vibrant and successful franchise whose models have won numerous awards for safety, consumer satisfaction and overall performance.

Among the offerings at Niello FIAT will be the FIAT 500 line, currently the subject of a national advertising campaign establishing FIAT models as the next wave of Italian immigrants coming to America. This model was reintroduced to the United States in 2011 by Chrysler after a 25 year absence. What makes the ‘FIAT 500 the perfect canvas for customization? See for yourself in the FIAT “No Dream Limit” video:

These are exciting times for The Niello Company, and exciting times for the Sacramento region!

* Follow FIAT on Twitter @FIATUSA, on Facebook at facebook.com/fiatusa, or check out FIAT’s line of videos on YouTube.

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