11 July, 2021
Volvo Trucks invests R130 Million in new Durban Dealership
Volvo Trucks South
Africa has opened a new R130 million dealership facility in Durban,
KwaZulu-Natal, to support the growth of the brand's vehicle parc in the
The new facility is strategically located in
the Riverhorse Valley Business Estate, which is easily accessible from the N2
highway, connecting it to all the major transport and logistics corridors to
Gauteng and the rest of the region. The dealership employs 67 local staff,
including 23 qualified diesel mechanics and five apprentices.
"We foresee that the recent announcement by SANRAL on the upgrading of the N2/ N3 highways will have
a positive impact on the region's spatial connectivity, and thus the ease of
doing business in this area," said Marcus Hörberg, vice president of Volvo
Group Southern Africa. "We believe in the future growth potential of the city,
and that is why our new Durban Truck and Bus Centre was designed and developed
to offer our customers the latest Volvo Trucks specifications in terms of
ergonomics, sustainability, equipment and technology."
The new dealership is situated on 37 000m² of
land and offers, amongst others, a service workshop with 17 bays, pre-delivery
inspection, test workshop including a bay for servicing LNG vehicles, secure trailer
parking and an extensive parts warehouse.
"It is large enough to allow for smooth and
efficient flow of vehicles through the workshop, reducing congestion, cutting
booking lead times and limiting unnecessary downtime for customers," said
"We also focussed a lot of attention on the wellbeing
of drivers and offer an overnight facility for operators should a vehicle come
in late in the day for servicing. It ensures a safe and comfortable space for
both male and female drivers with separate ablution and sleeping facilities, as
well as a communal kitchen, lounge and outdoor space to relax."
The development also took the environment into
consideration, with energy efficient lighting, a 20 000-litre water
recycling plant in the wash bay, increased temperature control and more
efficient hydraulic tools now in use. All waste and discarded lubricants are
also safely removed, treated, and recycled by a professional waste management
The second phase of the dealership's development will
see solar energy installed to supply electricity to all four buildings, which
will bring the facility closer to its target of becoming a carbon neutral
"Environmental care has been a core value since the
70's. Since then, we've reduced the emission of air pollutants from our trucks
by up to 90%. And decreased fuel consumption and CO² emissions by 40%. We
believe in sustainable transport solutions, and we are confident that our
trucks, services and operations will lead the way there," explained Hörberg.
The company has also already engaged with the local
community to explore and support the specific needs of the people in the area.
Furniture and equipment from the old Volvo Truck and Bus Centre in Pinetown was
donated to the Quarry Heights Primary School, and more projects are planned to
make a positive contribution to the society the dealership operates in.
Volvo Trucks South Africa's head office is in
Ekurhuleni, Gauteng and it also has an assembly facility in Durban. The company
has 19 dealer facilities across South Africa.
"Our commitment does not
stop when we hand over the keys of a new truck. It's just the beginning," said
Hörberg. "Our dedicated team, extensive Genuine Volvo Parts and service offer,
and ground-breaking connected solutions can keep our customers' trucks and
businesses moving. It's all part of our promise to provide the best possible
support through the entire lifecycle of a truck - and beyond."
Source: Volvo trucks