A new Australian-first car mall is being built near Brisbane Airport, with the facility expected to be the size of around 70 rugby league fields. This large, bold development is expected to revolutionise the automotive market, from car parts to vehicle wraps in Brisbane, upon completion, which, if the schedule holds, will be sometime in 2020.
Part of the new automall will be a 2.5-kilometre test track for car dealerships, designed by five-time V8 Supercar Championship Series champion. This track is comprehensive in its design, complete with skid pad and an off-road 4WD area.
The mall is currently under development on real estate owned by Brisbane Airport, a kilometre away from the airport’s international terminal, and has funding and support from two of Queensland’s biggest car dealership companies.
This new automall is part of Brisbane Airport’s AU$2.2 billion five-year development programme, which include a new runway and two new hotels in the surrounding real estate. First stage of this programme was the redevelopment of the Domestic Terminal, which amounted to about £15 million in cost.
Brisbane Airport’s John Tormey says that this new facility, when operational, will be a centre for automotive sales, from car dealerships to vehicle wraps in Brisbane, adding that nothing like its kind has ever been done in either the state or Australia before.
AP Eagers, a national vehicle retailing company, who signed in to the automall, taking multiple leases early in September 2017, says that the new automall will be one large place to choose vehicles and related stuff to buy. The company says that about 80% of all vehicles on sale from the automall will be acquirable on the spot, allowing buyers to choose what they want and choose in one location.
The company’s spokesperson, Martin Ward, says that car dealerships are usually spread out, and the places where they congregate, like Fortitude Valley, aren’t really accessible for buyers, either due to location or parking space.
He adds that the location, near the Brisbane Airport, is a big draw for vehicle retailers, as the automall is not far from a motorway or a tunnel.
Currently, the owners of the new automall is considering opening the facility’s test track for weekend warriors, with additional programmes during that time, such as car shows and driver training safety courses, though there has not been confirmation on the matter.