Scania sets up its own Kiwi operation
SWEDISH T RUCKMAKER S CANIA, P ART O F T HE Volkswagen Truck and Bus group, is establishing its own wholly-owned subsidiary in New Zealand.
e move ends CablePrice’s 28-year role as NZ importer and distributor. From January 1 next year, Scania NZ will take over responsibility for the importation, distribution and sales of new Scania trucks and buses – and the make’s parts and business services.
But it is retaining CablePrice as its key provider of after-sales service and in-service support to customers, through its existing dealer network.
Scania NZ’s incoming managing director Mattias Lundholm says that the truckmaker has had “a successful partnership with CablePrice…and we look forward to continuing this.
“Scania NZ will focus on growing our new vehicle sales, as well as driving the shift towards a sustainable transport future.
“We are investing in the future of Scania in NZ because we believe there is potential for us to oer more operators our ecient, safe and protable tailormade truck solutions for their transport needs.
“In the area of alternative fuels, Scania is a world leader in the provision of vehicles able to run on biodiesel, ethanol, CNG and LNG. is, along with the development of hybrid electric trucks and buses, means Scania has a wide array of environmentally sustainable products to oer NZ transport operators.
“With the Government’s climate change agenda, we expect to see continued growth.”
CablePrice MD and chief operating ocer Pat Ward says his company will “continue to provide its quality after-sales service to Scania customers. e company will also continue to carry out the warehousing and distribution of Scania parts to the dealer network, and preparing products for delivery, as a contracted service to Scania NZ.
“ e quality of knowledge and technical ability CablePrice oers its Scania customers is the best in the world,” says Ward.
Mattias Lundholm has for the past ve years been the head of Scania’s connected services and solutions. Previously he was MD of Scania Hong Kong and chief nancial ocer and VP at Scania Korea.
Scania ranked 10th in NZ’s new truck market last year, with 168 new trucks registered and a 3.23% share in the overall (4.5 tonnes GVM and above) market.
In the important premium segment of the market (above 23t GVM) it was seventh last year, with 152 sales and a 6.7% market share.
at was well down on its market share (though not in actual truck numbers sold) in 2009, 2010 and 2011, when it was second in the heavyweight division, with a share ranging from 10.3% to 13%.
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