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Naledi Commercial Hosts Bus & Van Seminar

Publishing Date : 04 July, 2017

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Naledi Motor’s Commercial Division, in conjunction with colleagues from Mercedes-Benz South Africa,  recently hosted a informative product and service seminar for their core fleet operator customer base.  The South African divisional delegates travelled up from MBSA’s  Pretoria Head Office for the seminar, which was held at the Blue Tree driving range in Gaborone.

The MBSA delegation comprised Vis Kistiah, Product Specialist, Bus & Coach, Calvin Tshaba, Business Development Manager (Export) Bus & Coach, Wally Chiloane, Product Development Manager, Vans and Phakitso Moloang, Product Specialist, Vans.  Representing Naledi were Commercial Vehicle Brand Manager, Robin Longhurst, along with his senior sales team of Ephraim Pholobo & Thebe Gontefetse.

The seminar began with an informative run-down of products in the pipeline for the Bus & Coach, from Calvin Tshaba.  Vis Kistiah then gave a technical talk & slide presentation on the complete MB bus range, which can meet any and all operational requirements, from smaller coaches with flexible seat configurations, ideal for inner-city and suburban passenger transport up to larger models with higher-powered engines, capable of regularly covering long-distance routes.  He explained that it was important to select the correct model, engine size and operating capacity for a fleet owner’s specific requirements in order to maximise benefits and reduce damage and downtime.

The biggest seller in the MB van range is the industry-dominating,  iconic Sprinter, widely respected for outstanding driver and passenger comfort,  unrivalled build quality and class-leading fuel economy.  Most often used as an urban passenger or delivery vehicle,  Wally Chiloane explained that  this vehicle is in fact one of the most versatile on the market, particular as it is also available in 4 x 4 configuration.  Sprinters are currently in use by the police, ambulance and fire-fighting services, as mobile clinics, transport for the handicapped, mobile workshops,  mobile kitchens and for many other applications.  

These product information demonstrations were followed by a lively Q & A session fielded by Wally and Phakitso who took technical questions from fleet operators concerning functionality, servicing and capabilities of their existing fleets.  The visiting specialists explained that there is a clear division of responsibility between servicing and maintaining the chassis and powertrain, the responsibility of Mercedes-Benz and the bodywork and interior, often customised to suit the specifications of the fleet owner, which is carried out by the external coachbuilders responsible for the build. 

Nonetheless, approved coach-building companies need to be mindful of the prestige and quality commitment synonymous with the Mercedes-Benz brand.   That engineering quality, along with on-going technical advancements and innovations, make the MB range of vans, buses and trucks, the most reliable, economical and value-added commercial vehicles on the market, as well as being the most technically sophisticated in terms of road safety, drive-assist and low eco-impact.



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