Volvo Trucks opts to in­vest in modern Dur­ban deal­er­ship

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Volvo will build a R146m Dur­ban Truck Cen­tre in 2019 to serve as a new state-of-the-art deal­er­ship that will bet­ter ser­vice cus­tomers.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Mar­cus Hör­berg, the re­cently ap­pointed new vi­cepres­i­dent of Volvo Group South­ern Africa, at the re­cent Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing at Kyalami. This fol­lows 2017’s R6.5m in­vest­ment into the firm’s Dur­ban SKD man­u­fac­tur­ing plant to in­stall Volvo Ac­tive Safety Pack­age fea­tures that were pre­vi­ously not avail­able to this mar­ket.

“A stan­dard Volvo truck is one of the world’s safest trucks and when equipped with the Volvo Ac­tive Safety pack­age, it is even safer for the driver, and other road users,” said Hör­berg, adding that the Swedish brand’s vi­sion is to have zero ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing a Volvo truck.

Volvo Trucks aims to grow its prof­its in the long-haul, heavy trans­port and con­struc­tion seg­ments, ex­pand the af­ter sales, parts and ser­vice mar­ket po­ten­tial and to help build a fu­ture busi­ness land­scape through its elec­tric and au­ton­o­mous trans­port so­lu­tions.

“To achieve our ob­jec­tives, [we] aim on con­tin­u­ing to de­liver on a pre­mium Volvo Trucks cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence with more up-time and ul­ti­mately more pro­duc­tiv­ity for them,” he said.

Hör­berg, who took the helm of the South­ern African oper­a­tion on July 1 af­ter a five-year stint as vice-pres­i­dent of Volvo Peru, has 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence for Volvo Group in emerg­ing mar­kets.

He said man­age­ment and staff of Volvo Group South­ern Africa had laid a good foun­da­tion to build on, in­clud­ing re­tain­ing the brand’s num­ber one over­all po­si­tion in cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion for a con­sec­u­tive third quar­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Scott By­ers re­port, Volvo Trucks has re­gained its num­ber one po­si­tion in sales, main­tained first po­si­tion in parts and sec­ond in ser­vice de­liv­ery for the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018.

Hör­berg said a tes­ta­ment to be­ing num­ber one in sales is en­hanced by the high de­mand for the FH se­ries, specif­i­cally the Volvo FH440 6x4 Truck Trac­tor which was SA’s best­selling heavy-duty truck in 2017.

“The trans­port in­dus­try plays a cru­cial role in the de­vel­op­ment of our so­ci­ety and its econ­omy. How­ever, it also ac­counts for a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the emis­sions that have ad­verse ef­fects on our cli­mate and our en­vi­ron­ment. We are part of this prob­lem and are de­ter­mined to be part of the so­lu­tion.” said Hör­berg. To this end, he said, the com­pany is mak­ing progress in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and al­ter­na­tive fu­els, the most re­cent be­ing the launch of the Volvo FL and FE elec­tric trucks.

Volvo Trucks will en­hance its pres­ence in SA by of­fer­ing youth em­ploy­ment and ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grammes, ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes and traf­fic safety ini­tia­tives and Driver Train­ing pro­grammes, said Hör­berg.

Mar­cus Hör­berg, fourth from right, with the Volvo Trucks team.

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