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VOLVO Group Australia has praised its best truck and bus dealers at the company’s 2022 dealer conference on the Gold Coast, with four dealers taking home trophies across seven categories.

At the awards, Western Truck Group, Truck Centre WA and VCV Brisbane South walked away with two awards apiece.

Truck Centre WA’s Geraldton office took the award for regional dealer of the year while Truck Centre WA nabbed the metro health, safety and wellbeing award, with VCV Brisbane South scoring metro dealer of the year and shared the award for Volvo Financial Services dealer of the year with its sister brand, VCV Brisbane North.

VCV Brisbane South

VCV Brisbane South

Meanwhile, Western Truck Group won the regional health, safety and wellbeing award, its Rockhampton business also taking home Volvo Truck’s customer satisfaction award.

Volvo’s bus dealer of the Year was named as CMV Truck & Bus of Derrimut, Victoria.

While it has been a slow year for Volvo in the medium-duty space, selling just 14 trucks in that segment so far this year and being outgunned by other European rivals like Iveco, MAN and Mercedes-Benz (not to mention Asian brands Hino, Fuso and Isuzu that dominate the medium truck market), Volvo has had good fortune in the heavy-duty truck segment.

Year to date, Volvo Trucks Australia has boosted sales of HD trucks by 32 per cent and currently owns 14.2 per cent of the market, occupying third place within the segment behind Kenworth (1123 sales YTD) and Isuzu (810 sales YTD). All other brands in the HD space only achieve about half of Volvo’s sales – or significantly less.

Besides continuing demand for road logistics throughout the pandemic helping to buoy truck sales, Volvo currently manufactures the FH, FM and FMX locally at its factory in Wacol, Brisbane, with the lighter-duty FE being imported.

The ‘locally made’ tag may count for something among Volvo’s customer base, although Kenworth, Iveco and DAF also have the same advantage.

Volvo announced its top car dealers back in March, with Volvo Cars South Yarra taking the award for Metro Dealer of The Year.

Volvo Group Australia

By Tony O’Kane

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