Revamped Tavcor building open soon

Cindy Preller

IN less than two weeks the R13-million facelift of the landmark Tavcor building in Mount Road, Port Elizabeth, will be complete.

The Tavcor Commercial Vehicles dealership will open on August 5 after a nine- month upgrade.

Refurbishment covered everything from roofing to electrical upgrades of the building, which for many years was known as the “Embassy Building” after being built by LTA Construction in the late 1960s.

The Tavcor Motor Group, which was renamed in 1990, started out in Embassy Street in North End in the 1950s and was formerly known as Embassy Motors.

For decades the Mount Road building was synonymous with the Volkswagen brand and also, for a short while, home to the Porsche and Jaguar franchises, as well as the Audi franchise which relocated in the 1990s. Suzuki is another brand which had been added to the Tavcor Group’s stable.

At its peak, the building housed 140 people and was responsible for sales deliveries of close to 150 cars a month.

Tavcor Motor Group chairman Alan Taverner said the revamp would boast a new VW crafter workshop and be home to the MotoRent division. Every floor had been remodelled with new amenities for staff and customers.

The crafter workshop is a multipurpose workshop and service facility designed to service passenger, commercial and medium-sized commercial vehicles called crafters. In addition, the group will recondition all used cars from this central hub.

Tavcor Commercial Vehicles will focus on the sales and service of commercial vehicles.

Dealer principal John Els said services offered at the commercial dealership would also include Mastercars, parts trade and service operations.

“The full range of commercials will be available on display and the service division will cater for older car owners as well as commercial vehicles,” Els said

The Mount Road premises will remain the headquarters of the Tavcor Motor Group.

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