• We are Grupo Ambar

    Grupo Ambar is formed by companies that focus on the automotive industry and operate in the Caribbean region.

Welcome to Grupo Ambar

Grupo Ambar is formed by companies that focus on the automotive industry and operate in the Caribbean region.

Santo Domingo Motors, founded in 1920 by Amadeo Barletta, is Grupo Ambar’s oldest company. It started as one of the first Chevrolet distributor outside the United States of America. Ambar Motors opened in Cuba in 1939 but was confiscated by the Castro regime in 1959. Motorambar started its operations in 1965 in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; Motorambar West Indies started operations in the British and Netherlands Antilles in 1968, and Autoambar in Venezuela in 2002.

Our activities revolve around the importation, distribution, and sale of vehicles, through both owned and operated dealers and independent dealers. We proudly represent some of the most important brands in the industry and the companies generate more than 1,450 direct employments.

As we identified our clients’ needs over the years, Grupo Ambar developed and undertook different businesses within the automotive industry in the Dominican Republic: Motor Plan that represents National, Alamo and Enterprise car rental brands; Motor Crédito, a savings and loan bank focused on financing new and used vehicles, and PreviSeguros, an insurance broker focused on car insurance.

In 2012, the Group entered the shopping center industry with the opening of Ágora Mall in Santo Domingo. Santiago Center, a mixed-use center, is under construction and will open in Santiago in 2024.

Each of our companies has a life of its own and operates autonomously with a common vision: to keep moving people forward.

Fotografía Grupo Ambar

Our Companies

  • Santo Domingo Motors
  • Motorambar West Indies
  • Autoambar
  • Motor Plan
  • Motor Crédito
  • PreviSeguros
  • Ágora Mall

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    We integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into business, taking on the commitment to promoting shared value to society and the fulfillment of the goals established in the 2030 Agenda.

    Grupo Ambar’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy is focused on three (3) pillars: our people, education, and environment.

    • Grupo Ambar: Nuestra Gente

      Our People

      We foster an internal environment that promotes the integral development of our talent, and that reflects our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunities for all.

      We permanently monitor and improve the lives of our collaborators by creating a safe workplace. We continually offer education programs on health, safety and a work environment that promote the prevention of diseases and occupational accidents.

    • Education

      We promote education and road safety, based on good habits and responsible driving. We also encourage innovation about the future of mobility in the countries where we operate.

    • Solar panels, Branch Kennedy

      Environment

      We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment for future generations, through the responsible use of resources, the use of renewable energy and the final disposal of the materials we use. Much of this is channeled through our Ambiente Ambar program.

    Our People
    Grupo Ambar: Nuestra Gente

    We foster an internal environment that promotes the integral development of our talent, and that reflects our commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunities for all.

    We permanently monitor and improve the lives of our collaborators by creating a safe workplace. We continually offer education programs on health, safety and a work environment that promote the prevention of diseases and occupational accidents.

    Education

    We promote education and road safety, based on good habits and responsible driving. We also encourage innovation about the future of mobility in the countries where we operate.

    Environment
    Solar panels, Branch Kennedy

    We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment for future generations, through the responsible use of resources, the use of renewable energy and the final disposal of the materials we use. Much of this is channeled through our Ambiente Ambar program.

    Fotografía del Sr. Miguel Barletta Presidente de Santo Domingo Motors

    Message from our President

    When we decided to import our first car, in September 1920, we did it with the purpose of opening new paths. In our first year of operation, we only sold three vehicles and 100 years later, we have a solid track record that proudly represents the largest independent vehicle distributor in the Caribbean.

    In our long trajectory, we have experienced many adversities and turbulent times such as the massive destruction caused by Hurricane San Zenón in the Dominican Republic in 1930, the pressures exerted by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and Fidel Castro’s communist revolution in Cuba, and more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been able to confront and overcome these challenges and they have enabled us to grow stronger.

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    Message from our President

    When we decided to import our first car, in September 1920, we did it with the purpose of opening new paths. In our first year of operation, we only sold three vehicles and 100 years later, we have a solid track record that proudly represents the largest independent vehicle distributor in the Caribbean.

    In our long trajectory, we have experienced many adversities and turbulent times such as the massive destruction caused by Hurricane San Zenón in the Dominican Republic in 1930, the pressures exerted by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and Fidel Castro’s communist revolution in Cuba, and more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been able to confront and overcome these challenges and they have enabled us to grow stronger.

    Our focus has been, and will always be, to offer the best service in the automotive industry with the support of the brands that we proudly represent and with our talented and committed team.

    I belong to the third generation of the Barletta family. All of us who work in the company are deeply indebted to my predecessor’s ideas, achievements, and efforts. Today, our companies look to the future, and we expect to move forward together, without limits. We will continue to grow as individuals and as a group in order to contribute to the development of the countries where we operate.

    We will continue striving to provide the best service with the tenacity that characterizes us, the dedication of our employees and the commitment to our clients.

    Miguel Barletta

    When we decided to import our first car, in September 1920, we did it with the purpose of opening new paths. In our first year of operation, we only sold three vehicles and 100 years later, we have a solid track record that proudly represents the largest independent vehicle distributor in the Caribbean.

    In our long trajectory, we have experienced many adversities and turbulent times such as the massive destruction caused by Hurricane San Zenón in the Dominican Republic in 1930, the pressures exerted by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and Fidel Castro’s communist revolution in Cuba, and more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been able to confront and overcome these challenges and they have enabled us to grow stronger.

    Our focus has been, and will always be, to offer the best service in the automotive industry with the support of the brands that we proudly represent and with our talented and committed team.

    I belong to the third generation of the Barletta family. All of us who work in the company are deeply indebted to my predecessor’s ideas, achievements, and efforts. Today, our companies look to the future, and we expect to move forward together, without limits. We will continue to grow as individuals and as a group in order to contribute to the development of the countries where we operate.

    We will continue striving to provide the best service with the tenacity that characterizes us, the dedication of our employees and the commitment to our clients.

    Miguel Barletta

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