Daimler has had a couple of rocky weeks recently, especially as one of their top brands – Mercedes-Benz – was fined millions of pounds due to the fact that the Office of Fair Trading found that the company had breached UK competition laws. At the same time, Mercedes-Benz revealed five new safety assist systems for all their commercial vehicles, showing that even if the company is going through a hard time right now, they are still likely to have a bright future.
Not to be disheartened by the recent competition law scandal, the Australian branch of Daimler hosted their annual gala awards ceremony last week in Melbourne to praise the achievements of their dealers throughout 2012. The Daimler Trucks Commercial Vehicle ‘Dealer of the Year’ Awards was held at the Showtime Events Centre in South Wharf, and was attended by dealers from all across Australia. The coveted award of Daimler Trucks Metropolitan Dealer of the Year was awarded to Daimler Trucks Perth due to their exceptional customer service and all round performance throughout last year.
Other awards of the night included the Daimler Trucks Regional Dealer of the Year, which was presented to Westco Truck Sales Toowoomba for their dedication and commitment to customer service. Dealer Principal at the Westco Truck Sales, Gary Chrismas, received the award on behalf of the company from the Managing Director of Daimler Commercial Vehicles Australia/Pacific, Kolja Rebstock, who said: “Our retail and market share growth was extremely successful in 2012 and tonight we recognise and celebrate these outstanding achievements. The ongoing commitment and professionalism from our staff continues to reinforce the brand’s reputation as a leader in customer satisfaction.”
Other winners on the night included Daimler Trucks Adelaide who won Detroit Diesel Dealer of the Year, Daimler Trucks Sydney Huntingwood who won Mercedes-Benz Trucks Metropolitan Dealer of the Year, and Mavin Truck Centre who won Best Performing After-Sales Dealership in Daimler Trucks Network. These awards show that Daimler is still a massive player in the commercial vehicle industry, and even with the recent hiccups, they will still dominate the markets in 2013. We are sure to see even more Daimler vehicles on roads across the world in the upcoming year, and even more customers looking for van insurance quotes in order to protect their new vehicles from any damages.