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Rustenburg, known for its mines and situated at the foot of the picturesque Magaliesberg mountain range in the North West Province, is said to be our country’s fastest growing city … A fitting setting for an African first.

Volvo Group Trucks Market Southern Africa (SA) has strengthened its local dealer footprint with the official launch of a new dealership representing Renault Trucks, UD Trucks, Volvo Bus and Volvo Trucks in the same facility – the first of its kind in the country.

NWT Rustenburg is a full sales, service and parts UD Trucks dealership, while being a service and parts dealer for Renault Trucks, Volvo Bus and Volvo Trucks. The new facility was opened in partnership with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company, Super Group, as part of a R60-million dealership complex in Rustenburg, in the North West Province.

Super Group also has two other UD Trucks dealerships in Johannesburg and Brits – a town situated in a fertile, citrus, vegetable and grain producing area approximately 50 km northwest of Pretoria.

Torbjörn Christensson, president of the Volvo Group Trucks Market SA, believes that the new NWT Rustenburg dealership is of great strategic importance to
the company.

Torbjörn Christensson, president of the Volvo Group SA (left) and Graeme Watson, CEO of Super Group Dealerships (SGD). Behind them from left; Iain McCabe, GM of retail development for Volvo and Renault Trucks; Marle Visage, senior manager of retail development for UD Trucks SA; Cameron Robertson, franchise operations executive of SGD; Mark Erasmus, MD of Volvo Trucks and Jacques Carelse, MD of UD Trucks SA.“As transport operators expand their operations throughout the region, we believe the various brands within the Volvo Group have to be there to capture this market demand and support customers every step of the way. With the team from NWT Rustenburg being experts in their field and completely customer focused, I believe they have what it takes to provide our customers in the region with unparalleled support and service,” says Christensson.

With 44 independent dealers across South Africa, UD Trucks’ customers have a wide network of quality sales and aftermarket support along all the major routes and towns in the country.

Going forward, Volvo Trucks SA aims to increase its representation from its current 14 dealers to 20 dealers by the end of 2016. Of these, 75 percent are expected to be wholly owned and 25 percent to be independent dealers.

Christensson believes that customers from all the company’s brands are set to benefit from its expanding dealer network.

“As a company, we believe in leveraging the strengths within the Group to the ultimate benefit of our customers,” he says. “We want to be there for our customers every step of the way, and deliver services and products that adhere to our shared vision of quality, safety, durability and overall transport efficiency.”

NWT Rustenburg is easily accessible from major routes and corridors in the region, including the N4 highway that many cross-border transport companies use to carry goods to and from South Africa’s northern neighbours.

The new facility offers a comprehensive range of in-house services including: brake roller and brake testing equipment, vehicle sales, servicing and financing, maintenance contracts and transport consultancy services. Additional services customers can expect are 24-hour roadside assistance, an express service and maintenance bay, as well as after-hours servicing.

“Our staff are fully trained in the latest technologies and are able to provide customers with the best possible industry knowledge and advice,” says Cameron Robertson, franchise operations executive, Super Group Dealerships.

“We believe in building long-term partnerships with our customers and supporting them according to their unique business requirements. Our team is passionately committed to the brands we represent and to delivering exceptional service to all our customers.”

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