2 May, 2015
Super Group open Flagship Hino Dealership
Super Group, a leading transport logistics and mobility group which
was founded in 1986 and is listed on the Johannesburg Securities
Exchange, has opened a flagship Hino dealership in Isando, which is
well-situated in the industrial and commercial hub of Gauteng.
Hino Isando is the 22nd
exclusive dealership in the Hino
network of 64 dealers and the cost of the development - excluding the
land - was in excess of R25-million.
The dealership has been operating since last November, but the
official opening only took place on 21 April 2015. However, the
importance of the official opening was at such a high level that it was
attended by Junsuke Ando, the General Manager of Hino Motors' Africa and
Europe Division. He said that although the majority of Hino sales take
place in Japan and South-East Asia the continent of Africa was a region
showing rapid growth with high potential.
Junsuke added: "Hino recognises that there will be no Hino global
success without Hino success here in South Africa. For this reason we
are delighted that a high profile public company such as the Super Group
has made a substantial investment in a new Hino dealership."
"We are very proud of the manner in which the Hino brand is
flourishing in the ultra-competitive South African truck market and this
latest investment in a new dealership is another sign of confidence in a
brand which has been in South Africa since 1965 and remains the market
leader in Japan," said Calvyn Hamman, the Senior Vice President, Sales
and Marketing of Toyota SA Motors, of which Hino SA forms a part.
"We are very pleased with the commitment from Super Group through
Graeme Watson, the Chief Executive Officer, and Alistair Rawstorne, the
Chief Operating Officer, and really appreciate the strategy and planning
put into place by Roelf Strydom, Franchise Executive for the Toyota
Group within Super Group and Patrick Arthur, the Dealer Principal, in
bringing this new dealership to life.
"This is a further example of confidence in the Hino brand as last
year we had the renaming of Hino Pretoria North to Hino Tshwane and
relocation to spacious new premises in Pretoria West as well as the
appointment of a Hino dealer in Cradock which was an open point we were
happy to fill. In addition most of our dealers have either rebuilt or
substantially refurbished their facilities over the past three years so
we believe we are now well set for future growth," added Hamman.
Hino Isando is currently staffed by 17 people, but this number is
planned to grow to 35 as the dealership gains sales and service
momentum. The facility has six double work spaces making 12 bays and
there is space for another six double bays for future development. There
is an extensive parts stock on site and this is replenished at least
twice a day.
The workshop facility is equipped to undertake Certificate of Fitness
(COF) testing but still awaiting full accreditation to conduct COF
inspections. It also has an express pit lane to minimise downtime for
urgent work when required.
The facility is already eco-friendly in that all the lights are
movement-sensor-controlled and plans are in place to recycle rain water
for the wash bay.
"Hino South Africa is fully committed to supporting Hino Isando to
ensure its success, using Hino Total Support as one of our key
strategies, because the establishment of a strong dealer network is a
critical part of our 2020 strategy to achieve a market leadership
position in South Africa," concluded Senior Vice President Calvyn