Six of the best rewarded at MAN dealer awards

The MAN network in the UK has been celebrating its successes at the company’s annual Dealer of the Year Awards event.

Trophies were presented during the event held at the Powerscourt Hotel Dublin, recognising the success of small, medium and large dealers throughout the UK.

The winners were AN Richards of Llangollen (small), Imperial Commercials of Peterborough (medium) and DSV Commercials of Immingham (large).

They will receive £10,000 each to invest in their businesses.

Runners-up RK Trucks Belfast (small), MTB Swindon (medium) and MTB Manchester will also receive £5,000 each.

Andy Turner, MAN’s head of UK network development, said:  “The success of these six dealers is a testament to the dynamic and innovative performance of their management and the teams they have around them.

“Each operation has consistently achieved very high standards in meeting MAN’s strenuous UK service levels and those performances have formed the solid base on which these hard-fought awards are judged.”

AN Richards company secretary Johanna Cooke said: “We are a family-run firm, AN Richards was founded by my grandfather.

“For the last seven years we have been building our hire fleet and we are now at 72 vehicles.”

According to Steve Affleck, regional director of Imperial Commercials (Peterborough), the dealer has invested heavily in its staff, facilities and equipment in recent years to improve customer service levels.

He added “The £10,000 will be invested in the refurbishment of our parts & service reception.

“The total project is estimated at £30,000 and will provide an improved environment for customers and colleagues alike.”

Chris Marshall, director of DSV Commercials, Immingham, concluded: “We are looking to invest the cash in a new tachograph calibration facility. This will increase the number of services we can offer and expand the business.”

VW creates new holding company for MAN and Scania

Volkswagen has taken another step to integrate its MAN and Scania truck brands, creating a new holding company devoted solely to commercial vehicles.

The new entity is called simply Truck & Bus GmbH, neatly side-stepping the issue of brand priorities. It will be led by Andreas Renschler, formerly boss of Daimler’s truck business.

He quit Daimler in January last year to join Volkswagen but contractual terms meant he didn’t start work as VW’s management board member for commercial vehicles until February this year.

“Truck & Bus GmbH will establish processes specific to the commercial vehicles business, thus leveraging the full synergy potential between the brands,” VW said.

Chief executives of MAN, Scania and MAN Latin America will sit on the new company’s management board.

“The aim is to coordinate strategy, development, human resources, purchasing and other issues across the brands. This will lead to closer networking among the brands, shorter decision-making paths and swifter implementation,” claimed VW.

Renschler aims to out-perform his former employer Daimler. “Our goal is to take the commercial vehicles holding to the top of our industry in terms of profitability, technologies and, above
all, customer satisfaction,” he said.

“Bringing together our commercial vehicle brands under one roof means we can focus more strongly on the needs of the truck and bus business and can therefore accelerate the decision-making process. In so doing, the MAN and Scania brands retain their independence, in line with Volkswagen’s basic principle.”

The van business, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, will also come under the Truck & Bus umbrella but will retain close ties with VW’s car business because of the synergies between cars and vans.

The new structure comes just weeks after a VW internal power struggle between chairman Ferdinand Piech – grandson of Ferdinand Porsche – and chief executive Martin Winterkorn ended in the supervisory board giving 78-year-old Piech the choice of being fired or resigning. He chose the latter.

VW took full control of Scania last year.

  • This article first appeared in Commercial Motor magazine 7 May. Why not subscribe today to get it delivered direct to your door?