A new home for Hatfield Truck & Bus
Pretoria-based passenger car and commercial vehicle retailer, Hatfield Group, has officially opened its new dedicated MAN Truck & Bus dealership – situated on the N4 highway, a few kilometres east of its Hatfield facility. Hatfield Truck & Bus has been an independent Volkswagen Truck & Bus dealership since 2007.
It obtained the MAN Truck & Bus Service Partner franchise in 2009, servicing clients in the greater Tshwane area. Increased demand for vehicle servicing in the region spurred the decision to build the new facility, which was established at a capital cost of R45 million. Construction work on the building, covering 3 400 m² and situated on a 21 422 m² site, commenced in January 2013.
“Location is always critical in the world of retail,” says Brad Kaftel, managing director, Hatfield Group. “We secured the corner property in the N4 Gateway Business Park, just off the Solomon Mahlangu (old Hans Strydom) off-ramp on the way to Emalahleni. This facility has easy access and awesome highway visibility.”
The facility was designed to comfortably accommodate heavy commercial vehicles, as well as their drivers – who can stay overnight, free-of-charge, and enjoy a complimentary dinner in one of six bedrooms with en-suite facilities.
It sports a large parking area, a huge turning space for trucks and trailers, on-site security as well as security within the larger industrial complex. The facility is also equipped with fully integrated waste-control and recycling facilities.
Hatfield Truck & Bus has also secured a VW Truck & Bus Sales franchise from MAN, effective from January 2015. “Our sales target for 2015 is to register 100 units of Volkswagen trucks,” says Kaftel. “We have also targeted servicing volumes of MAN and VW trucks and buses at 2 400 units for 2015.”