Car rental groups rate VW for seventh year

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THE South African Ve­hi­cle Rental and Leas­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Savrala) has an­nounced Volkswagen as the Man­u­fac­turer of the Year (Moty) in the car rental sec­tor for the seventh con­sec­u­tive year.

Volkswagen was pre­sented with the award at the 21st edi­tion of the an­nual Savrala gala din­ner which was held in Jo­han­nes­burg re­cently. Volkswagen was the big­gest win­ner on the night as it also walked away with other key awards which in­cluded the Value Award, Best Ac­count Ex­ec­u­tive for Loshini Pil­lay and Best Man­u­fac­turer’s Tech­ni­cal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Robert Wright.

Audi won the Tu­tuka award for the sec­ond year in a row. The award is pre­sented to a premium brand that has demon­strated com­mit­ment to sat­is­fy­ing the needs of cus­tomers in the niche and lower vol­ume seg­ment.

The re­cip­i­ents of the Savrala awards are de­cided through a strin­gent process by rental com­pa­nies such as Avis Bud­get, Bid­vest, Hertz, Europ­car, Tem­pest, Thrifty and First Car. These com­pa­nies are re­quired to rate 26 mo­tor man­u­fac­tur­ers that they in­ter­act with us­ing a sur­vey con­tain­ing dif­fer­ent and tar­geted ques­tions rang­ing from as­pects such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­tact with the man­u­fac­turer, tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, parts avail­abil­ity and pric­ing struc­tures.

The pres­i­dent of Savrala, Marc Cor­co­ran lauded Volkswagen for its re­mark­able achieve­ment. Cor­co­ran said: “It is a re­mark­able achieve­ment and tes­ti­mony to the Volkswagen team that they have con­tin­ued to de­fend its Moty lead­er­ship for a seventh time.

“They are true brand cus­to­di­ans and should take great pride at the fact that the car rental in­dus­try has recog­nised and duly re­warded their ef­forts.”

Thomas Schae­fer, chair and MD of Volkswagen Group South Africa said Volkswagen was hon­oured and hum­bled to be recog­nised by the car rental com­pa­nies for the seventh con­sec­u­tive year.

“Mem­bers of Savrala are one of our key cus­tomers and we are very grate­ful for their recog­ni­tion with the Moty award as well as their con­tin­ued sup­port of our prod­ucts.”

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

FROM LEFT: Re­gional af­ter sales man­ager for Volkswagen, Robert Wright; gen­eral man­ager of sales and mar­ket­ing for Volkswagen, Carla Wentzel; man­ager of na­tional key ac­counts for Volkswagen, Loshini Pil­lay; and man­ager of na­tional spe­cial mar­kets for Volkswagen, Stan­ley Net­shi­tuka with the awards be­stowed by SA’s top car rental com­pa­nies.

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