Mercedes-Benz are a well-known brand in the car market, and throughout the years even through their ups and downs they have managed to remain one of the most popular cars around the world. Now it seems that they are planning on taking the commercial vehicle market by storm, especially as they have been working with a number of companies such as bike firm Bianchi who has introduced three Duoliners into their fleet. Recent reports have also revealed that the company has decided to appoint a new member to their strategic account manager team in order to take the company even further in the commercial vehicle sector.
Last Friday it was reported that Mark Hamilton will be joining Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles as a leasing and strategic account manager and will join the ever expanding team of commercial account managers that Mercedes-Benz is currently investing in. Mr Hamilton has already worked in the commercial vehicle industry for a number of years and even spent eight years at Audi UK as a national key account manager and regional contract hire and leasing manager, as well as five years at Nissan GB Commercial Vehicles as a regional manager. This should mean that Mr Hamilton has an in-depth knowledge of the commercial vehicle market; especially customer’s needs when it comes to buying a vehicle, investing in van insurance and finance packages.
Discussing hiring Mr Hamilton, national fleet and sales manager at Mercedes-Benz UK, Andrew Lawson, said: “The appointment of Mark is just another demonstration of commitment in the commercial vehicle fleet arena. One of our key focuses in Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles is our ambition to grow within this industry. We are pleased to welcome Mark to the fleet team – he brings with him a wealth of experience with corporate customers and the contract hire and leasing sector.”
Mercedes-Benz have already had a chaotic year in the commercial vehicle sector as this March they were fined by the Office of Fair Trading (OfT) for breaking competition laws within some of their dealerships. Besides from issuing a statement of apology, the company has said little about the fine since it was announced in the press, and instead is focussing on expanding as a company instead. It seems as though the fine did not have a massive effect on the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle division, especially as they are investing heavily in new employees and vehicles. It will be interesting to see what Mercedes-Benz plans over the next few months, and whether anything more is said about the company’s run in with the OfT.