The latest from Diesel News, this week, includes Changes At Cummins and NTI, Awards, Supercars and a New Truck from UD.
At Cummins South Pacific, Andrew Penca has been appointed Executive Director Asia Pacific Distribution. In this expanded role, he will lead the broader Cummins sales, service and support business in the Asia Pacific region of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea (Cummins South Pacific), Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea and Japan.
Stephanie Disher takes over from Penca as Managing Director – Cummins South Pacific. She has led the company’s branch network and operations business since May 2015. Prior to this she served as the finance director for the company.
As operations director, Disher has led a number of strategic and operational initiatives for Cummins South Pacific, including key customer service and support technology initiatives, continued improvements in customer satisfaction and continued growth in aftermarket sales and support business.
NTI has announced the launch of a new brand identity to reflect its position as a specialist insurer in transport and logistics.
“For over 40 years, NTI has been Australia’s Number 1 Truck Insurer,” said Tony Clark, NTI CEO. “However, the NTI story has evolved to include our position as a market leader in mobile plant and equipment insurance, as well the leading roadside assistance provider for heavy vehicles.
“The new NTI logo will be used to represent the company as a whole, while the National Transport Insurance, Truck Assist, Yellow Cover and Marine Protect brands will be used to deliver products and services to our customers and partners.”
This new logo follows the NTI agreement with IAG’s CGU and Suncorp’s Vero to create Australia’s a new marine insurance specialist, Marine Protect: Powered by NTI.
Meanwhile over in SE Asia, UD Trucks is preparing to launch Croner, a new medium duty truck, aimed specifically at the truck markets of Thailand, Indonesia and other SE Asian countries. The truck will not be offered on the Australian market.
“It is our aim for Croner to make every moment count, through maximizing productivity and minimizing downtime on every run our customers make,” said Nobuhiko Kishi, Senior Vice President of UD Trucks Brand and Product.
Penske Commercial Vehicles present Cummins Filtration with the Supplier of the Year award in Brisbane recently.
In a statement, PCV said, with the Fleetguard range of filtration solutions, Cummins Filtration has been an important partner to the company and its customers for over 20 years, providing state-of-the-art products and excellent customer service.
Meanwhile at a dinner on the Gold Coast, Volvo Group Australia announced VCV Brisbane and VCV Newcastle as the 2016 Volvo Dealers of the Year at its annual awards dinner.
VCV Brisbane was awarded 2016 Metropolitan Dealer of the Year, which was accepted by Dealer Principal, Joe White. Branch Manager, Scott Hughes accepted the award on behalf of VCV Newcastle, which claimed the title of 2016 Regional Dealer of the Year.
At the same time over at the Glasshouse in Melbourne’s Olympic Park, Daimler Truck and Bus Director, Michael May, handed over the 2016 Metropolitan Dealer of the Year award to Greg Gardiner, the Dealer Principal of Daimler Trucks Sydney, Huntingwood. He also presented the 2016 Rural Dealer of the Year to Kevin Purcell, the Dealer Principal of Daimler Trucks Newcastle.
Freightliner Racing has revealed a new-look Commodore Supercar and Coronado prime mover that will haul it to each race. The Albury-based team has switched from black and red to a white and silver livery topped off with a striking new shade of red for the car driven by two-time race winner Tim Slade.
It has also replaced its Freightliner Argosy cabover prime mover with a Freightliner Coronado 114, a model with a set-forward front axle that can haul a 34-pallet B-double trailer set. The team transporter, nicknamed Stax, is driven by Paul Eddy, who clocks up around 45,000 km a year behind the wheel towing a B-double trailer loaded with two cars and mass of spares and equipment.