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DUR­ING FUSO’S Dealer of The Year awards at a cer­e­mony in Mel­bourne re­cently, Daim­ler Truck and Bus manag­ing di­rec­tor Daniel White­head says Fuso sales in 2016 en­joyed a year of growth, adding that it was “our big­gest year since the GFC”.

“Our strong cus­tomer-fo­cused deal­er­ship net­work is at the core of this suc­cess,” Whit­head says.

White­head and Fuso Truck and Bus di­rec­tor Justin Whit­ford pre­sented the award for the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dealer of the Year to Daim­ler Trucks Ade­laide dealer prin­ci­pal, David Reid. Whit­ford says Fuso Truck and Bus Aus­tralia un­der­took a sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion in 2016 and that Daim­ler Trucks Ade­laide em­braced these changes, build­ing upon its busi­ness in both sales and cus­tomer ser­vice func­tions.

“Out­stand­ing sales growth was a key com­po­nent of the award, in ad­di­tion to brand mar­ket­ing ac­ti­va­tions and cus­tomer ser­vice de­liv­ery,” Whit­ford says.

White­head and Whit­ford also pre­sented the award for Ru­ral Dealer of the Year to Cameron O’Hara, dealer prin­ci­pal of Daim­ler Trucks Sun­shine Coast.

“Daim­ler Trucks Sun­shine Coast has done an out­stand­ing job of sell­ing Fuso trucks, and just as im­por­tantly, it has also done a great job of look­ing af­ter mem­bers of the Fuso fam­ily,” he says.

The 2016 Sales Per­son of the Year award was pre­sented to Leon Benivento from Daim­ler Trucks Hunt­ing­wood, Syd­ney.

“Leon is a real star and a great rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our brand,” Whit­ford says.

The 2016 Rookie of the Year award was won by Muza­m­mil Syed, from Hal­lam Truck Cen­tre in Dan­de­nong, who was praised for his en­thu­si­asm for Fuso prod­uct.

Lee Baker of Daim­ler Trucks, Gold Coast, re­ceived the award for Parts Man­ager of the Year, due to his prod­uct knowl­edge and plan­ning.

The Ser­vice Man­ager of the Year went to David Cento­fanti of Daim­ler Trucks Ade­laide, who was con­grat­u­lated for his com­mit­ment to keep­ing the cus­tomer on the road.

Daim­ler Trucks Ade­laide dealer prin­ci­pal David Reid (cen­tre) re­ceives his award from Daniel White­head (left) and Justin Whit­ford Cameron O’Hara (cen­tre), dealer prin­ci­pal of Sun­shine Coast Daim­ler Trucks ac­cepts the Fuso Ru­ral Dealer of the Year Award

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