Three KZN dealers receive Toyota awards
ETHEKWINI Toyota Durban was recognised for its exceptional performance in 2015 and awarded the 2015 Toyota Dealer of the Year. It was a first for this dealership.
“This award to Danny Govender and his team at Thekwini Toyota Durban is richly deserved. Their outstanding performance is clear proof that strong leadership and an engaged group of people make all the difference,” said Calvyn Hamman, Toyota South Africa Motors senior vice president of sales and marketing.
“While Danny is personally involved with all areas of the business, he allows his management team to lead their own departments, resulting in a very innovative and highly motivated team. Particular attention to all the development programmes proved to be his winning formula,” said Hamman, adding that the Toyota Dealer Awards are always hotly contested and the competition is fierce.
Awarded annually, the Toyota Dealer Awards are based on a comprehensive set of metrics on which each dealer is measured throughout the preceding year. These measurements include customer service, environmental protection, financial performance and vehicle sales.
In selecting the 2015 Toyota Dealer of the Year, Toyota identified the best- performing dealership in the small, medium, large and mega categories.
Govender and Thekwini To- yota Durban were recognised in the medium category and received the overall award.
Toyota also recognised the most proficient divisional group managing director and group managing director of dealer groups in the Toyota network. Alfie Rieckhoff of the Thekwini group was recognised in the divisional category, while Robert Newton of the Halfway group received the Group Managing Director of the Year award.
On the South Coast, Brian Jones and Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach were awarded for their outstanding achievements in the large category.
On the North Coast, Kevin Murphy of McCarthy Toyota Ballito received the Monitor Dealer
of the Year award.
Awards: Vice President’s Award: Vehicle Marketing — Thekwini Toyota Durban ( Danny Govender). Vice President’s Award: Customer Service — Halfway Toyota Fourways ( Martin Klopper). Vice President’s Award: Automark — Barloworld Toyota Centurion ( Johann Folscher). Vice President’s Award: Customer Experience: Mega: Durban South Toyota ( Amiraj Rampathy). Large: Pat Hinde Toyota Boksburg ( Andre Breytenbach). Medium: Thekwini Toyota Westville ( Michael Koberstein). Small: Rola Toyota Bredasdorp ( Andries de Villiers).
From left are Calvyn Hamman, senior vice president of sales and marketing; Andrew Kirby, executive vice president; Danny Govender, Thekwini Toyota Durban; Dr Johan van Zyl, president and CEO; Yu Asano, general manager Africa Division; and Hitoshi Muramoto, executive vice president and chief co- ordinating officer.