Eight teams from Australia and New Zealand to join VISTA semi-finals in Gothenburg

In Uncategorized2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 20, 2018

This year’s VISTA competition has been one of the largest ever, with a total of 5,712 technicians in 56 teams from Volvo Trucks International markets participating in the Vista semi-finals in Gothenburg next week.

“VISTA is the world’s largest service market competition. It is really Olympics for technicians,” says Heléne Mellquist, senior vice president of Volvo Trucks International. “For everyone who takes part, there are opportunities to learn with your colleagues and be a part of a winning team who knows how to work and play together!”

This year is the 60th anniversary of the competition. A total of 184 teams from Australia and 31 teams from New Zealand signed up to enter VISTA. Teams competed in two theory rounds and a pit-stop challenge for the chance to make it to the semi-final in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Teams from Adelaide, Perth, Townsville, Sydney, Invercargill and Whangarei all qualified for the semi-finals, while Team One from CMV Derrimut is the lucky winner of the Wild Card draw.

VISTA 2017/18 has broken the record for the total number of participants in the competition, with the final number worldwide standing at 19,706 technicians competing in 5,222 teams.

“VISTA is unique. As a training platform it provides an opportunity for the hardworking and dedicated staff in our dealerships to expand their knowledge and skills, whilst highlighting the importance of working as a team. On top of that, it offers the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to visit Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks, and also potentially to go to Brazil for the World Final,” said Neil Heinemann, national learning and competence manager.

“I think the importance Volvo places on the VISTA competition is reflective of the company’s attitude towards training and development of our staff. We really see the training and development of our staff as an investment – into the satisfaction of both our staff, and ultimately, our customers.”

Forty teams will qualify for the World Final in Brazil, to be held in June