Daimler has announced its 2019 Dealer of the Year awards with Murwillumbah Truck Centre taking out the top honours.
Located in Northern New South Wales, Murwillumbah Truck Centre has been regarded as a go-to location for Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso in the region since it opened in 1981.
Josh Bedser accepted the prestigious Daimler Dealer of the Year award in Melbourne last week on behalf of his father and Dealer Principal, Steve Bedser.
It was a bitter-sweet occasion, according to Daimler Truck and Bus, with, Bill Bedser, passing away the day before the award function was held at the Forum theatre.
Josh Bedser dedicated the award to his grandfather, who founded the business.
“Bill was hugely influential on our business and emphasised the value of community,” he said.
“As the family business, we carry on this tradition of always investing in our people and the people in our region,” said Bedser.
The Daimler Dealer of the Year award honours the best performing dealer across the Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso brands.
Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, said Murwillumbah Truck Centre, which opened a new dealership in Mayfield St last year, was a customer-oriented business.
“For decades, Murwillumbah Truck Centre has shown an unwavering commitment to its customers and is there for them at every stage of the ownership experience,” he said.
“It is a family business with strong links to the local community and provides exceptional service across all three Daimler brands, making them a very worthy winner of this award.”
Murwillumbah Truck Centre also took out the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Regional Dealer of the Year award and Adam Bedser was announced as the Fuso Truck and Bus Service Manager of the Year in a landmark treble for the family business.
Mercedes-Benz Metro Dealer of the Year award was presented to Dealer Principal, Kevin Purcell at Daimler Trucks Laverton.
The Freightliner Metro Dealer of the Year was taken out by Trucks and Trailers Auckland.
Dealer Principal, Mark Wright, was on hand to receive the award.
Mavin Truck Centre was announced as the Freightliner Regional Dealer of the Year and the award was accepted by Dealer Principal, Dean Mavin.
The Fuso Metro Dealer of the Year was won by Daimler Trucks Somerton and Dealer Principal, Gary Parker, was presented with the award.
The Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast won the Fuso Truck and Bus Regional Dealer of the Year, which was received by Dealer Principal, Chris Spence.
(Image: Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, Murwillumbah Truck Centre General Manager, Josh Bedser, Daimler Truck and Bus Aftersales and Network Operations Director, Greg Lovrich and Freightliner Australia Director, Stephen Downes).