VOLVO Group SA has opened a new key Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks dealership in Bloemfontein at an investment of R45 million.
The facility is strategically situated next to the N8 route that connects Upington, Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Maseru in Lesotho, and also close to other major transport corridors including the N1 between Cape Town and Gauteng and Limpopo. The company’s Bloemfontein dealership will also act as a regional hub of support for the Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks branches in Kimberley and Beaufort West.
“This has been the first new dealership that has been built according to the Volvo Group’s new multi-brand image in South Africa,” said Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks in South Africa. “We have taken a long-term view in terms of the expansion of our business and investment in the Bloemfontein dealership, and in the process we are strengthening our commitment to the region and our customers.”
The dealership facility was also specifically designed to be as energy efficient as possible in accordance to Volvo Group’s core values of quality, safety and environmental care.
The Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks Bloemfontein dealership has a staff compliment of 36 trained industry experts and technicians. Services offered include a complete spectrum of truck sales, service, maintenance, finance and parts support. In addition, the dealership also offers brake roller testing, 24-hour roadside assistance and parts availability, lifting equipment, auto-electrical repairs as well as convenient drivers’ restrooms.
“Some of our key fleet owners operate in the region and we are therefore proud to offer them round-the-clock support in order to keep their fleets going and well-maintained,” said Coolsaet.
The past 20 months or so have certainly been eventful for Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks, as the company successfully launched new product line-ups for both brands during this period. Both brands experienced their best sales performance ever during 2014, and the company is therefore excited about the future of Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks in the region.
Coolsaet said the company’s focus is very much on supporting their customers every step of the way, and providing them with quality service, advice and products that adds profit and value to their businesses over the long term.
“As one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, we focus a lot of attention on aspects such as advanced training, the innovative use of technology, communication, financial and business guidance, as well the implementation of international best practices, in order to enhance our dealers’ service to our customers,” explained Coolsaet.
With the Volvo Group being on the cutting edge of innovation in the commercial vehicle industry, they are leading the way in supporting fleet owners in a modern and very practical way. These innovations include telematics gateways, interactive driver mobile applications and advanced fleet management systems.
Going into the future, it will become more and more imperative for truck manufacturers to explore and understand a region’s local operating environment, and subsequently adapt their business approaches to meet African fleet owners’ precise transport requirements.
“Operating in the region for over 13 years, we believe that we are able to meet these unique requirements and offer local customers the best transport solutions available – ones that makes a tangible difference to their businesses in real time,” concluded Coolsaet.
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