Garden City global best for vans
PIETERMARITZBURG’S Garden City Commercials dealer received one of the top honours at Daimler Trucks and Buses awards evening for commercial vehicle dealers at a gala event held in Dubai last weekend.
The Daimler group comprise Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Freightliner, Fuso Trucks and Buses, Mercedes-Benz Bus & Coach and Western Star, as well as Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The awards were based on excellence in various fields and proved to be highly contested.
Thanks to the sterling efforts by Garden City, Mercedes-Benz vans increased its market share by 1,3 percentage points for the large van market and 3,8 percentage points for the mid-size market.
Nicolette Lambrechts, vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa presented Garden City Commercial Vehicles with the Dealer of the Year: Chairman’s Award for Best Overall Performance, Mercedes-Benz Vans.
“I can only heap praises to the Garden City Commercial Vehicles team, as their collective efforts resulted in them being acknowledged tonight.
“They have consistently met their targets and in addition, I am proud of how they did this. They had a stellar attitude that all of us can learn from. Even when they were faced with difficulties, they came out on top,” said Lambrechts. “It is very easy to notice that the entire Garden City team played a part in this achievement. From the sales staff to the workshop and the administration team, they did so well in 2015 that I wish I was one of their customers,” said Lambrechts.
The award for the best overall performer went to Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Cape Town.
Kobus van Zyl, executive director of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa said it is no small feat for a dealer to be rated the very best among their peers.
“We measure the respective dealer’s performance in terms of both the soft and hard deliverables which include customer satisfaction, customer relationship management, new vehicles, after-sales and target performance,” said Van Zyl.
Staying in KZN, Union Motors South Coast in Shelly Beach won four awards: • Most Improved Dealer for Daimler Trucks and Buses; • the best medium volume performer for vans; • the Top Brand Performance for Freightliner Medium Volume; and • Top Brand Performance for Fuso Medium Volume.
One of many Sprinter vans sold by Garden City Commercials in Pietermaritzburg — this one was bought by three Rotorian clubs to provide a mobile clinic in uMgungunglovu.