Gar­den City global best for vans

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - — Wheels Re­porter.

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.

PHOTO: ALWYN VILJOEN

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.

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