Aus­tralia’s largest Daim­ler Trucks deal­er­ship has opened in Mel­bourne’s western sub­urbs, rep­re­sent­ing the fi­nal step in a $30 mil­lion in­vest­ment

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AUS­TRALIA’S LARGEST DAIM­LER

TRUCKS deal­er­ship has opened in Mel­bourne’s western sub­urbs, rep­re­sent­ing the fi­nal step in a $30 mil­lion in­vest­ment from Au­to­mo­tive Hold­ings Group (AHG). Speak­ing at the open­ing, AHG spokesman David Chris­ti­son says the deal­er­ship was a sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment for the com­pany.

“It re­flects the great con­fi­dence we have in the Daim­ler brand and the abil­ity of [dealer prin­ci­pal Don Hoven­den] and his team to pro­duce the re­sults that both Daim­ler and AHG ex­pect and re­quire,” he says. “The in­vest­ment also re­flects the con­fi­dence we have in the fu­ture growth of the Aus­tralian econ­omy not­with­stand­ing the oc­ca­sional chal­lenges ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent times.”

The 11,000sqm fa­cil­ity, which is also the largest sin­gle project in AHG’s deal­er­ship port­fo­lio, sits on a 68,000sqm green­field site near the for­mer Mercedes-Benz Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles deal­er­ship on Mar­wen Drive, which AHG ac­quired in July 2015.

Hoven­den thanked com­pany staff who had helped with the move from the old fa­cil­ity to the new, not­ing that it had all oc­curred over one week­end.

“In two days we moved hun­dreds of trucks and vans, thou­sands of in­di­vid­ual parts, and all the files and pa­per­work for sales, ser­vice, parts and ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he says.

Hoven­den says the new fa­cil­ity is one of the big­gest and most mod­ern heavy truck fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­tralia, with 48 work bays, in­clud­ing two road train bays; six wash bays with re­cy­cling and re­cov­ery sys­tems and al­most 300 truck park­ing bays. Lo­cated on Bound­ary Road in Tru­gan­ina, Daim­ler Trucks Laver­ton will of­fer the full range of Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses, Freight­liner prime movers, the Fuso range and Mercedes-Benz vans.

In-ground pits in the work­shop ar­eas will give tech­ni­cians com­pete ac­cess to the un­der­side of ve­hi­cles up to a B-dou­ble com­bi­na­tion, and an over­head crane sys­tem that can be placed at any co-or­di­nate over the 48 truck bays for en­gine re­moval and re­place­ment.

Daim­ler Trucks North Amer­ica senior vice pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing Richard Howard says the Laver­ton fa­cil­ity was one of Aus­tralia’s most im­pres­sive truck deal­er­ships, along­side AHG’s Daim­ler Trucks deal­er­ship in Perth.

“AHG is the num­ber one valued part­ner for Daim­ler Trucks in Aus­tralia – it has in­vested in all lo­ca­tions: Daim­ler Trucks Perth, Daim­ler Trucks Bris­bane and New­cas­tle, and now here in Laver­ton,” he says.

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