CMH opens new UD Dealership to serve KZN/N3 trade route


Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) is expanding its commercial vehicle offering with a R45 million investment in a new state-of-the-art UD Trucks dealership in Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal.

The new dealership will join the existing CMH Commercial UD dealership in Pietermaritzburg and its collection of on-site satellite service centres to further improve the company's service to truck fleets on the N3 highway, one of South Africa's busiest trade routes.

"Trucks, especially those of the calibre of a UD Trucks vehicle, is measured on its work rate and in order to remain profitable a truck fleet must spend as much time as possible on the road," says Ron Byng, dealer principal of CMH Commercial UD Trucks. "With that in mind we have invested heavily in creating an one-stop shop to fleet owners."

There is no doubt that the new CMH Commercial UD Trucks dealership in Pinetown is a full-service operation. The facility is equipped with state of the art repair, servicing and diagnostic equipment and several specialised services, such as brake and roadworthy testing, can now be done on site.

The dealership also offers full 24-hour roadside assistance, after hours servicing and a dedicated express service facility for time-pressed fleet operators.

"In designing the new facility we have also considered support services that fleet operators require. Our trained dealership team can source, finance and insure trucks and offer specialised advisory services to customers who may be unsure on which truck to buy and where and how to best equip it," says Byng.

UD Trucks remains one of South Africa's premier trucking brands and it commands the dominant market share in the heavy commercial vehicle market. It recently introduced the Quon GW26 450 6x4 truck trailer with over 2 200 Nm of torque and a gross combination mass of 65 tonnes. This and the full range of medium, heavy and extra-heavy UD Trucks are available from the new Pinetown dealership.

Says Jebb McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer of the CMH Group: "CMH recently decided to expand our business through the development of brand new dealership facilities. Our R45 million investment in the Pinetown dealership not only supports this goal, but is a sure sign of our commitment to the South African economy and its trucking lifeblood."

CMH first partnered with UD Trucks over 35 years ago when it opened an UD Trucks dealership as one of its very first facilities. CMH is part of the UD Trucks Dealer Council where it advises on market and demand changes.

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