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Joeten Motor holds grand opening for new showroom

JOETEN Motors on Friday held a grand opening of its newly built 8,000-square-foot Ford and Honda showroom.

Matthew Deets, Joeten Motor Group general manager, said when Typhoon Soudelor damaged the building in Aug. 2015, it gave them the opportunity to design a completely new facility which integrated two car brands in one showroom.

Joeten Motors sells Ford, Honda, Kia and Nissan, and is also the Yamaha distributor for motorcycles, boat engines and jet skis.

To date, Joeten Motors has an 11,000-square-foot showroom space for Kia, Nissan and Ford and Honda. The showroom can display up to 22 cars.

“We have more showroom space than any dealer on Saipan and probably even on Guam,” Deets said.

The showroom is a fully concrete structure with safety glass and reinforced framing “tested” by Typhoon Yutu, he added. “This is a most secure structure.”

The building has its own solar grid, water catchment LED lighting, high efficiency heating and a ventilation and air-conditioning system, Deets said.

“This building is almost self-sustaining. It will produce its own electricity in the next year or so.”

For the Ford and Honda showroom, Deets said 4,000 sq.ft. is for displaying and the remaining 4,000 sq. ft. is for office space.

Joeten executives and family members join Saipan Mayor David Apatang and lawmakers in cutting the ceremonial ribbon at Joeten Motor’s Ford and Honda showroom on Friday.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Joeten executives and family members join Saipan Mayor David Apatang and lawmakers in cutting the ceremonial ribbon at Joeten Motor’s Ford and Honda showroom on Friday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“We worked closely with the Ford and Honda design group to come up with a single structure that meets global standards,” he added.

The goal is to showcase Ford and Honda’s unique identities, he said.

“From the north, the building highlights the new Honda generation three-cylinder design. From the south, the Ford brand is featured.”

The showroom is bright, open, inviting with comfortable meeting and lounge areas, Deets said. “The state-of-the-art facility has been engineered not only to be beautiful, but resilient and energy efficient. We are working to become the first export dealership to achieve Environmental Leadership Program Platinum dealership status.”

Currently, there are only three dealerships in the United Sates that have this status, he added.

70th anniversary raffle draw

Along with the grand opening of the Ford and Honda’s showroom, Joeten Enterprises held its grand raffle draw in celebration of its 70th anniversary.

Molly Sakisat of Tinian won the 2020 Kia Soul while Ben Duenas of Saipan won $500 worth of shopping spree.

“We are fully committed to serving the community,” Bo Palacios, Joeten’s business development manager, said. “We could not have done it without the support of the community — from the customers, to all our employees, business partners, bankers and people in the government. We are going to look at strengthening those relationships in the next 70 years.”