It was the mid-1940’s when a young Donald Toresco first ventured into the automotive industry. In 1964, after years of hard work and dedication he was able to open his first dealership in North Plainfield, NJ. Somerset Motors grew quickly to be a very well-known and respected dealership. In 1968, Mr. Toresco expanded his dealership and opened North Plainfield Dodge, offering both new and used vehicles to the community.
By 1975, the store had been reborn as Dodgeland and was the largest Chrysler Corporation dealership in the country. But Mr. Toresco kept dreaming BIG. In the early 1980’s he began construction of the world’s first automall. The dream was realized when building was complete and his customers could choose between Toyota, Scion, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep products.
Autoland’s goal is to provide each customer with a quality product while maintaining the number one goal of customer satisfaction. Autoland has achieved numerous awards and honors from manufacturers, vendors, and the community and is most proud of being recognized as one of the first car dealers in NJ to implement an extensive employee assistance program, managed by a certified therapist and counselor, realizing that the health and wellbeing of thier employees has a direct impact on the customer experience.
The president of the organization, Mark Montenero, serves on various automotive boards and is highly regarded within the automotive industry. Montenero believes in the community and continues to carry the torch for philanthropy, education and civic support that Mr. Toresco held dear.
Autoland prides itself on providing a different kind of experience. They understand that the two most important assets are customers and community. They try to do things differently to establish relationships that will be long lasting and beneficial to all that are involved.
At Autoland, they believe that it is important to contribute to the greater cause. That’s why they go beyond providing customers with great vehicles at excellent prices. They like to give back.
Over the years Autoland has been active in a variety of community and charity organizations, including the ADA - Dealers for Diabetes Program, the Dodge Open Charity Classic golf tournament, Toys for Tots, the DARE program, and Deborah Hospital. Autoland also has a very long standing commitment to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the 200 Club of Union County for families of police and firefighters, and they’re a major contributor to the Gabrielle Angel Foundation and Good News Home for Women - A non-profit organization which supports women that have become victims of substance abuse. They also contribute to the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey, and Reborn International.
Autoland is a major employer within the community. They employ over 200 local residents and support numerous vendors in Union County and the surrounding areas. According to Mr. Montenero, “Employee satisfaction begets customer satisfaction.” as there is a close correlation between customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction.
Autoland is steeped in history and a pioneering force in the automobile industry. As always, they look towards the future and how they can further improve the automobile purchasing experience. The number one priority is the satisfaction of their customers. In addition to being a leader in automotive sales, Autoland also has a huge presence in servicing their customers as well. They were one of the first dealers to extend their hours to seven-days a week and offer around the clock shopping access twenty four hours a day. Come see how Autoland can use its 60+ years of automotive knowledge and expertise to provide you with an experience you won’t soon forget.