The headlines in Diesel News this week include the New International unveiled, New Penske Dealer, New truck Stop and New Daimler Boss, plus Iveco Dealer Awards.
The International Trucks model range has been launched in the Iveco plant in Dandenong. The initial offering in the new range consists of four variations on the ProStar model, shown at the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show.
There are two day cab models, a prime mover and a tipper chassis. These are joined by an extended cab prime mover and a full 40 inch sleeper prime mover with high roof. All will be powered by the Cummins X15 engine rated at 550 hp and 1850 ft lb of torque.
The new trucks will be on show on the Iveco Trucks stand at the Brisbane show in five weeks time. At this point Iveco should be able to clarify details of roll-out schedule and dealership coverage.
Penske Commercial Vehicles has appointed Penske Power Systems as its exclusive Western Australian dealer. Located in Hazelmere, the dealership will handle the full retail sales, service and parts responsibility for Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle, previously handled by AV Truck Services.
“The customer is at the heart of everything we do, and the Penske Power Systems branch in Hazelmere has a well-earned reputation for delivering superior customer service and workmanship,” said Kevin Dennis, Managing Director of Penske Commercial Vehicles. “We have world-class products and a philosophy to deliver world‐class customer service.”
New Truck Stop
Viva has announced the opening of a new, truck friendly, service station in Aratula, 90km south-west of Brisbane on the Cunningham Highway. The new Shell branded facility features a dedicated truck refuelling area with ultra-high low Shell Diesel pumps. A separate motorist refuelling area offers Shell Premium Unleaded 98 and other quality fuels. AdBlue is also available.
With truck drivers expected to make up the majority of customers at this site, in a first for the region, the facility is offering extensive truck parking, and an exclusive truck driver’s lounge with dedicated shower facilities. The site also offers free WiFi to all motorists.
Roger Nielsen has been named President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. He succeeds Martin Daum who recently became a member of the board of management of Daimler, responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses.
“Roger Nielsen brings a rock solid product, manufacturing and sales background to this position paired with a razor-sharp focus on technology, quality and customer service,” said Daum. “He has an excellent track record as an influential leader in the industry. Having worked closely with Roger for so many years, I am certain that DTNA, its people and all its brands are in the best hands.”
Nielsen has been the chief operating officer since 2001, responsible for the DTNA manufacturing network and all levels of operations in quality, supplier management, logistics, and custom application engineering.
Iveco Australia has handed out awards at a Gala Dinner in conjunction with the company’s National Dealer Conference.
Taking out the Metropolitan Dealer of the Year, was last year’s winner, Adelaide Iveco, while Bendigo Truck Centre was awarded Regional Dealer of the Year. Bendigo Truck Centre last won the major award only two years ago.
Iveco allocated points based on a dealership’s performance across sales, service and parts departments, dealership staff participation in training initiatives and feedback from customer care programs.