Much to celebrate at Iveco
With local dealers excelling and international initiatives taking centre stage, Iveco is tackling 2013 by the horns.
Iveco South Africa hosted its annual business conference and Dealer of the Year Awards recently, where Truck City was named Iveco’s Dealer of the Year for 2012.
The Dealer of the Year award is based on a number of criteria including: sales volume and market share, growth percentage, after-sales service, financial acumen and customer relations.
“We are passionate about trucks, doing good business and providing excellent service,” says Truck City dealer principal, Trevor Jones. “It is great to win awards and be recognised for hard work but our primary aim is to keep the customer happy – rewards are a bonus.”
Diedrick Kruger, from Truck Centre Wadeville, walked off with the Best Salesman of the Year award for 2012, while the Best Sales Team award went to Truck Centre Wadeville as well.
Shorts Commercial Vehicles was awarded The Most Improved Dealer of the Year award while, in the ever-important area of after sales, Jesse Carnell from Truck Centre won the Overall Parts Manager of the Year award.
“It’s an honour to recognise these accomplishments,” says Bob Lowden, Iveco South Africa’s managing director. Trevor and his team deliver top-notch service and are dedicated to customer satisfaction. Truck City is a model for success in all aspects of the dealership.”
Other awards in the Sales category presented to the worthy winners included: Best Sales Team, Medium Range, Shorts Commercial Vehicles; Best Sales Team, Heavy Range, Truck Centre Wadeville; Best Sales Team, Extra-Heavy Range, Namibia Commercial Vehicles.
Additional awards in the After Sales category were made to: Highest Increase in Parts Sales, Arthurnecious Dembeza from William Bain; Most Consistent Parts Sales, Johan van den Berg from Randburg Commercial Vehicles; Most Improved Export Dealer, Rajeev Puri from Incar Tanzania; Most Improved Logistics, Nataniel Dukwe from Truck City Cape Town.
On the international front, Iveco is joining forces with New Holland Agriculture in support of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Action for Road Safety campaign. The campaign will see the organisations work together to communicate a common message on the theme of road safety.
The FIA Action for Road Safety campaign aims to address critical problem of road fatalities by focusing the Federation’s resources on helping its member organisations around the globe to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours – in support of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020).
Iveco and New Holland Agriculture are the first manufacturers of commercial vehicles and agricultural machinery to support the initiative. Safety represents an important value for both Iveco and New Holland Agriculture, with advanced vehicle safety systems making an essential contribution to protecting drivers, other road users, vehicles and cargo.
The companies began their supplier activities with a presence at the racing circuits of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Iveco will display the first-ever Safety Truck: a specially equipped Stralis. Playing the role of “Leading Truck”, it will open each race, performing a lap around the racetrack. It will be positioned ahead of the starting line before the Leading Car.
A personalised Iveco hospitality vehicle will also be present within the dedicated safety zone of the paddock area. The vehicle will function as a stage, backstage area and meeting place, highlighting road safety for commercial vehicles.