Family-Owned Willis Automotive Acquires Iowa’s Number One Nissan Dealership

April 26th, 2022 by

Willis Automotive is pleased to announce they have entered into an agreement to purchase Hummel’s Nissan. The addition of the Nissan lineup of new and pre-owned cars, trucks and SUV’s will strengthen the scale of Willis Automotive offerings in central Iowa. The dealership, which will be renamed Willis Nissan adds to the company’s existing portfolio including Cadillac, INFINITI, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, MINI, Chevrolet and Volvo.

Hummel’s Nissan has served central Iowa as a family-owned and operated business for more than 90 years. The team at Willis Automotive will continue to build upon the strong reputation of a quality selection of new and used Nissan inventory. Customers will continue to have access to factory trained Nissan technicians and Nissan original equipment manufacturer parts.

“We pride ourselves on being a company rooted in faith, family and community,” said Jason Willis, CEO of Willis Automotive Group. “We look forward to maintaining the Hummel’s Nissan tradition of automotive excellence and service leadership built upon the principle of treating customers like a guest in our own home,” added Willis.

The Hummel family and Willis family both pride themselves on exhibiting a culture of treating their employees like family. Willis will continue that tradition by welcoming 104 Nissan employees into the Willis Automotive family.

Both families are aligned with their unwavering support of the central Iowa community and support several area non-profits including United Way of Central Iowa, Oakridge Neighborhood Services, Des Moines Performing Arts and Bravo Greater Des

“For the past three generations we have been a family-owned business. I feel confident that the Willis family along with their team of auto industry experts will continue our legacy of treating our customers with honesty and respect while maintaining the title as Iowa’s #1 Nissan dealer,” said Mark Hummel, CEO Hummel’s Nissan.

About Willis Automotive
Willis Automotive is a family owned and locally operated dealership with award winning customer service. Willis Automotive currently owns and operates Willis Automotive in Clive, Willis Pre-Owned in Waukee, and Big O Tires locations in Ankeny, Altoona, and Urbandale. Willis Automotive adds Nissan to their lineup of brands including Cadillac, INFINITI, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, MINI, Chevrolet and Volvo. They center their business around faith, family and community by providing support to their local community through sponsorships and donations. To learn more please visit

About Hummel’s Nissan
Iowa’s number one Nissan dealer has remained true to its roots, which trace back over three generations to 1929 when Henry Hummel and his two brothers began selling and repairing automobiles in Beaverdale. In 1978, current owner and one of Henry’s grandsons, Mark Hummel, joined the dealership. Mark’s younger brothers, Kevin and Perry soon followed, and all three eventually purchased the family business. Today, they uphold the family values established by their grandfather over 90 years ago, and proudly claim the title of Iowa’s #1 Nissan dealer. In fact, Hummel’s Nissan is a multi-year recipient of the Award of Excellence, awarded each year to the top 10 percent of Nissan dealerships for sales volume and customer satisfaction. Hummel’s most recently received this award recognition for 2021.


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