This week’s news includes a New man at MAN, Combined Electronics, New Engine and Two Awards, all from Diesel News.
MAN Australia and New Zealand has announced the appointment of Sergio Carboni to the position of National Sales Manager MAN. He will be responsible for sales of the MAN truck product range across Australia.
“Sergio has held a range of roles in sales and business development across various industries
including automotive, engineering, building and construction,” said Kevin Dennis, Penske
Commercial Vehicles Managing Director. “He also brings a proven history of strategy execution and excellent customer and dealer relations. In this role, which has been newly created to place greater emphasis on the MAN offering in Australia, Sergio will report to Mark Mello, General Manager Truck Sales.”
Paul Cooper of Winter and Taylor Isuzu, Geelong, has been crowned the Isuzu Australia 2016 National Team Elite Champion. The award recognises sales managers and consultants who consistently provide their customers with outstanding service while making a high volume of sales.
Paul fought off tough competition, topping the scoreboard in all three challenges that determine the Isuzu Team Elite Champion, a product knowledge quiz, vehicle presentation and an Isuzu Sales Information System exercise.
Fuso celebrated the winners of its Dealer of The Year awards for 2016 and presented the award for the Metropolitan Dealer of the Year to Daimler Trucks Adelaide Dealer Principal, David Reid.
“Fuso had yet another year of growth in 2016, which was our biggest year since the GFC, and our strong customer-focused dealership network is at the core of this success,” said Daniel Whitehead, Daimler Truck and Bus Managing Director.
The award for Rural Dealer of the Year went to Cameron O’Hara, Dealer Principal of Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast.
“Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast has done an outstanding job of selling Fuso trucks, and just as importantly, it has also done a great job of looking after members of the Fuso family,” said Justin Whitford, Fuso Truck and Bus Director.
The 2016 Sales Person of the Year award was presented to Leon Benivento from Daimler Trucks Huntingwood, Sydney. The 2016 Rookie of the Year award was won by Muzammil Syed, from Hallam Truck Centre in Dandenong, who was praised for his enthusiasm for Fuso product.
Volvo Trucks have announced a new system combining the cab’s audio and entertainment unit with the navigation and fleet management systems., It has created one fully integrated system controlled via touch screen, voice command and steering wheel buttons.
“The new system for services and infotainment allows drivers to really personalise their workspace,” said Anders Edenholm, Chief Project Manager, Volvo Trucks. “For example they can listen to their favourite local radio station no matter where they are, and they can have hands-free access to both their personal phone as well as work phone.”
In the US Detroit have announced a new engine aimed at vocational truck markets, the Detroit DD8 is a 7.7 litre in-line, 6-cylinder medium-duty engine. It is being sold in a horsepower range from 260 to 350 hp and a torque range of 660 to 1050 ft lb. This will expand on the Detroit medium-duty platform, launched last year with the DD5 on the US market.
Vehicles equipped with the DD8 will feature Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service. Virtual Technician helps US fleets make informed maintenance decisions, so that they only service their vehicles when needed.