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BMW speeds into future with celebration of sparkling new $20 million west Houston showroom

BMW speeds into future with $20 million west Houston showroom

News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, Ludwig Willisch, BMW of North America PresidentJune 2015, Kyle James, Amy McCully.
Kyle James and Amy McCully with champagne girl. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Maria Moncada Alaoui, Karen McKemie
Maria Moncada Alaoui, left, and Karen McKemie.  Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, -Robert Horry, Chester Pitts, Omar Alaou
Robert Horry, from left, Chester Pitts and Omar Alaou. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015
Eric Lacey and Nikki Hart with one of vintage cars on display at BMW of West Houston grand opening. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, Ludwig Willisch, BMW of North America PresidentJune 2015, Kyle James, Amy McCully.
BMW of North America president Ludwig Willisch. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Laura Ward
Edna Meyer-Nelson, left, and Laura Ward. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, Ludwig Willisch, BMW of North America PresidentJune 2015, -Robert Horry, Chester Pitts, Omar Alaou
Mustafa Tameez and Linda Lorelle. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, -Spencer & Rita Tillman, Steve Prather
Spencer and Rita Tillman, left, with Steve Prather. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Chef Eric Nelson
Chef Eric Nelson. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Wayne Schulte, Tommy Kuranoff, Gil & Traci Harris
Wayne Schulte, form left, Tommy Kuranoff and Gil and Traci Harris. Courtesy of BMW of West Houston
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, Ludwig Willisch, BMW of North America PresidentJune 2015, Kyle James, Amy McCully.
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Maria Moncada Alaoui, Karen McKemie
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, -Robert Horry, Chester Pitts, Omar Alaou
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, Ludwig Willisch, BMW of North America PresidentJune 2015, Kyle James, Amy McCully.
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Laura Ward
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, Ludwig Willisch, BMW of North America PresidentJune 2015, -Robert Horry, Chester Pitts, Omar Alaou
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, -Spencer & Rita Tillman, Steve Prather
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Chef Eric Nelson
News, Shelby, BMW West grand opening, June 2015, Wayne Schulte, Tommy Kuranoff, Gil & Traci Harris

Honey, car dealerships ain't what they used to be. Just check out the new BMW of West Houston, which despite the threat of Tropical Storm Bill, unveiled its lavish new home to a crowd of eager auto enthusiasts. Although doors opened in February, this was the grand opening bash.

Joining the ranks of Sewell Cadillac and Sonic Automotive's Audi Central Houston , BMW has ponied up $20 million for the striking state-of-the-art showroom and service center in Katy.

So important was this official opening that BMW North America president Ludwig Willisch flew in for the festivities. “BMW of West Houston represents an exciting new chapter in BMW’s ongoing effort to delight with the premium automotive retail experience," he said. "One that is more open, more efficient and more enjoyable." 

Welcoming guests was Maria Moncada-Alaoui, general manager of the Sonic Automotive property, who described the facility as "the expression of the future of car buying."

On this evening that benefited Houston Children's Charity, guests were entertained with a collection of vintage BMWs and were provided sustenance from Fleming's Steakhouse and Rosemary's Catering. A cast of performers including champagne girls added high notes to the evening. The highlight for many was unveiling of the latest BMW model, the plug-in hybrid i8 sports car, introduced via a digital mapping presentation.

Among guests were HCC executive director Laura Ward, Chester Pitts, Robert Horry, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Eric Lacey and Nikki Hart, Traci and Gil Harris, Omar Aalou, Rita and Spencer Tillman and Linda Lorelle.