UD Trucks Southern Africa has continually emerged undisputedly as one of the frontrunners in the local market offering an array of highly durable, affordable, and superior fuel-efficient commercial vehicles – backed by the core value of “Going the extra mile” for its customers.
On 12 September 2023, UD Trucks Southern Africa once again proved its aptitude as an unswerving contender in the local market as it inaugurated a larger and more prominently located facility for UD Trucks Cape Town dealership. Over the years, UD Trucks’ dealer network has expanded significantly, and to date, the brand proudly boasts a total of 39 dealerships across Southern Africa. The latest investment in the new premises not only renews confidence in the brand but further provides additional capacity for growth to continue to meet the demands of a growing commercial vehicle market in the region.
Officially opening doors of UD Trucks Cape Town amongst others included: Koichi Ito, Chairman, UD Trucks Corporation, Jacques Michel, Senior Vice President, UD Trucks International Sales, John Trollip, Managing Director, Fuzion Group and Filip Van den Heede, Managing Director, UD Trucks Southern Africa.
Commenting on the momentous occasion, Jacques Michel, Senior Vice President, UD Trucks International Sales: “South Africa remains integral to UD Trucks’ global business footprint, and with Cape Town being the second biggest port in the country, we have no doubt that the investment in the new establishment allows us to be well-poised in better serving our customers and the market at large”.
Previously situated in Epping, east of Cape Town, the new dealership is now located on a 23 000sqm facility in Kraaifontein, benefiting from the strategic connections of N1, N2, and R300 for the convenience of customers. The new flagship dealership is well-equipped with cutting-edge vehicle servicing facilities and equipment for local distribution to customers, eight double drive-through workshop bays, as well as four double drive-through body building bays (including a spray booth).
Weighing in on the strategic move, Filip Van den Heede, Managing Director, UD Trucks Southern Africa. “We are delighted to be opening the new facility as it rings true to our “Better Life” purpose. Over the years UD Trucks Southern Africa has maintained a strong presence in the highly competitive local market and the new dealership facility is another example of confidence in the UD Trucks brand. Our customers remain at the core of everything that we do, and UD Trucks Cape Town has our full support to ensure success”.
As part of UD Trucks’ ongoing efforts to become an environmentally conscious brand, the company has also extended this commitment to its independently owned, franchised dealers. In the new facility, three major areas contribute to the dealership’s eco-friendly philosophy: power saving in the form of renewable energy, water recycling, and waste management.
The new building is powered by roof-mounted solar panels, which generate a maximum of 4,5MWh of power per month. It is further backed by 6 lithium batteries to serve as a backup system should the load be affected by a power outage or bad weather conditions – enough to power an average of 10 hours of power to admin block and security lights.
Water management is also another carefully considered component in the new building with 90% of all wash bay water recycled, including rainwater which is stored in tanks with a capacity of 60 000 litres. Paper, plastic, cardboard, and glass waste is separated and collected for recycling, which reduces waste to landfill by 90%.
“The new development is a major turning point for us as a dealership, and we could not be prouder of the higher visibility and practicality for our customers. We would like to commend the UD Trucks team for their tremendous support in making this milestone a resounding success. With the robust strategy, planning, and right vehicles from UD Trucks, we are confident in taking this dealership to a whole new dimension. Customer experience remains our top priority and customers can visit our dealership any time during business hours”, concludes, John Trollip, Managing Director, Fuzion Group.
UD Trucks Southern Africa remains committed to Better Life - to make life better for people and the planet through sustainable transport solutions.