Meet Audra Baltrukonyte. She's a 21-year-old Lithuanian model and student, who also happens to be a salesperson at MK SEAT in Milton Keynes. As the photo attests, Audra's a pretty girl, and according to the PR folks at SEAT UK, she is an effective salesperson who frequently outperforms her compatriots at the dealership. Somehow, this does not surprise us.
A self-professed car nut (the 'thud' you heard was thousands of male readers collectively swooning and then hitting the floor), Audra says that she finds women are more comfortable dealing with her, but that most of her sales are to men "who only commit to buying the cars long after they've stopped caring what I look like!"
The "stopped caring" strikes us as being a bit of a stretch. Men may commit to the sale and be ultimately swayed by her knowledgeable approach, but we'd gamble that the looks never stopped being noticed. In fact, we're quite sure we know some guys who'd buy a car with no engine from this woman. Moving the wretchedly ugly Altea Freetrack should be a piece of cake.
The press release SEAT issued (yes, you read that correctly -- a press release -- its pasted in full after the jump) is priceless, too. Think a line like the one below would ever make it past legal here in the States?
"...not only has the 21-year-old set pulses racing among customers and colleagues, she's also set sales figures alight..." (Emphasis added.)
You can't make this stuff up...
[Source: SEAT UK]
SALES STUNNER IS A MODEL PERFORMER
A Lithuanian catwalk queen is proving she's also a model saleswoman, after joining the team at a SEAT car dealership.
Stunning Audra Baltrukonyte's glittering modelling career has seen her travel the globe and land glamorous assignments in Paris and Milan. But since taking a part-time post at MK SEAT in Milton Keynes to help fund her university studies, she has proved she's much more than just a pretty face.
Because not only has the 21-year-old set pulses racing among customers and colleagues, she's also set sales figures alight. The six-foot model, who is working towards an honours degree in marketing at nearby Northampton University, regularly sells more cars than many of her full-time colleagues.
However, she claims her good looks hide the real secret for her sales success: a long-standing love affair with cars.
Audra, who still accepts modelling bookings when her studies allow, said: 'A lot of people take one look at me and see a young and pretty girl, and think I couldn't possibly know what I'm talking about. But I've loved cars since I was a little girl and actually know a lot about them, which our customers appreciate.
'I do find that many female customers come to me for help because they prefer dealing with another woman. But most of my sales are to men who only commit to buying the cars long after they've stopped caring what I look like!'
Cliff Freeman, Dealer Principal at MK SEAT, is certainly glad he saw past Audra's attractive exterior and recognised the gifted sales person within.
He said: ' Audra's been a fantastic addition to our team and we're delighted to have her on board. She's a very bright and natural saleswoman.'