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Fleet owners to benefit from Volvo Trucks’ innovation

Volvo Trucks to strengthen position as the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer during 2015.

Volvo Truck in the fieldVolvo Trucks will be looking to strengthen its position as one of the region’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers during 2015.  With an award-winning range and an ever-expanding dealer network, Volvo Trucks SA is serious about providing fleet owners with total transport solutions that contributes to their businesses’ profitability.

In 2014, the manufacturer went through a symbolic barrier as it broke the 2 000 unit sales mark, and consolidated its second position in the South African extra-heavy truck market.  “Our customers will be our key focus in 2015,” said Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks SA.

Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks SA.
Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks SA.

“With an award-winning product lineup, supported by innovative, modern and relevant systems and services, we believe that our customers will reap the benefits of our continued investment in their success.”

The brand’s comprehensive product line-up – the FH16, FH, as well as the FM and FMX ranges – pushes the envelope of what premium trucks could offer.

The versatile FH manages to combine features such as good performance, reliability, optimised cargo-carrying capacity, high average speeds, the best safety on the market, optimal ergonomics and minimal environmental impact with the lowest possible running costs across a wide range of application areas.

“Our customers will be our key focus in 2015,”

The FM is a highly efficient truck platform that takes especially steering and handling in this industry segment to a whole new level. Meanwhile, the Volvo FMX is extremely robust and packed with innovative solutions, and is comfortable to drive even in challenging operating conditions.

With an assembly plant in Durban, and more than 500 employees across the region, Volvo Trucks is able to support customers every step of the way. The company currently has 18 dealers in South Africa, and is in the process of strengthening and developing its footprint in the country and into the region.

Volvo Trucks recently opened a new service dealer in Harrismith, and is in the process of completing a new facility in Bloemfontein. As part of this commitment, the Volvo Group SA has also established a new integrated 11 500m² parts facility to ensure effective parts support to its dealers and customers.

Fleet owners benefit from innovation by Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks invest heavily in training of dealer staff for proactive fleet owners support

“We invest quite heavily in the training of dealer staff in order to proactively support their customers. Innovative support offerings include a state-of-the-art telematics system, a mobile phone application and numerous fuel saving features to effectively assist fleet owners in cutting their transport costs,” explained Coolsaet.

One of the ways in which Volvo Trucks is assisting customers to save costs is it its Dynafleet fleet management system. This innovative system also includes an app that is aimed specifically at drivers. With the smart phone app, drivers can see themselves how efficiently they drive, compare their performance with that of their colleagues and improve their driving techniques still further.

The Dynafleet fleet management system also includes an app, aimed specifically at drivers

Volvo Truck grillOne of the apps main functions Fuel Efficiency Score –rates the driver’s performance in four areas that in various ways impact the truck’s fuel consumption, namely anticipation and braking, engine and gearbox utilisation, speed adaption, and standstill. The results are then collated to produce an overall score.

As part of Volvo’s Telematic Gateway, fleet owners receive constant updates on the performance of their trucks and drivers – wherever they are. This makes it possible to easily pinpoint critical data and take immediate actions for reduced costs and better vehicle usage.

With the most modern and innovative Volvo line-up ever, Volvo Trucks has an outstanding ability to help customers in all segments to improve productivity and profitability.

With the most modern and innovative Volvo line-up ever, Volvo Trucks has an outstanding ability to help customers

“Going into the future, it is becoming more and more important to explore and understand a region’s local operating environment, and to adapt our business in order to meet our customers’ transport requirements,” said Coolsaet.

“Operating in South Africa for over 13 years, Volvo Trucks believes they are able to meet these unique requirements.”

 
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