Champion announced for world’s biggest competition for workshop personnel

On June 29, Avesta Cruising Club from Sweden was announced as the winner of the 2011 VISTA world final in Gothenburg. The World Champions can now return home from a competition that originally started with over 13,700 participants from 75 different countries within Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses global service network.

“It’s incredible. I don’t know how this happened or how we did it,” said team member Håkan Eriksson, immediately after the announcement. “There are so many good teams here, and while I think we have a pretty good team, I never thought we’d finish first.”

After an intense day of competition at the Volvo Truck Training Centre last Tuesday, the winner of VISTA 2011 was announced on June 29 at a gala dinner. Staffan Jufors, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks, was there in attendance to personally present the Avesta Cruising Club with their award.
“Our responsibility to our customers does not end when we hand over the keys, but continues for the entire lifetime of the truck. To live up to this commitment we depend on our highly skilled and hard-working aftermarket personnel,” said Jufors at the ceremony. “You are the ones on the frontline, and the VISTA competition is our way of both rewarding your hard work and further raising the competence within our service organisation”.

“We estimate that VISTA 2011 has produced around 400,000 hours of extra training, making a huge contribution to the skill level of our global workforce. This is why VISTA remains vital for competence development,” said Ann Hesselbom, Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Volvo Trucks, who also attended the world final. “As our trucks become more advanced, the requirements on our service technicians increase, and VISTA is a very effective way of ensuring high quality in our aftermarket services.”

The world final was contested by 30 teams from 27 countries, who had qualified from the original field of 3740 teams through three rounds of theoretical questions, followed by regional semi finals across the globe. On Tuesday, June 28, the 30 finalists gathered at the Volvo Trucks Training Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they had their theoretical and practical skills tested in a series of workshops. Avesta Cruising Club won the world championship after recording the highest score. Team NTC1 from Switzerland and Team Montones 13 from Spain finished second and third respectively.

Three honour prizes were also awarded to teams that the judges believed best reflected VISTA’s core values. Team Mission Impossible from Russia was awarded the prize for Customer Satisfaction, while NZ Truck from New Zealand won an award for Team Spirit. Trabus from Mexico, who are the first Mexican team to take part in a VISTA world final and one of the competition’s few teams of bus specialists, were awarded the prize for Best Newcomer.

“I’m so happy and so proud,” said Alfredo Arias Esquivias from Trabus. “The competition has been difficult for us since we deal mainly with buses but this is a good beginning for the next VISTA. We’ll definitely be back.”

Final Results VISTA 2011

World Champion:
Avesta Cruising Club, Wist Last & Buss Syd AB, Sweden: Håkan Erikson, Krister Adeen, Marcus Boman, Robert Svensson.

Second: NTC1, Nef Truckcenter, Switzerland: Marc Hemund, Thomas Ammann, Nico Hertel, Yasin Karadeniz.

Third: Montornes 13, Veinsur, SAU, Spain: Jordi Alsina, Francisco Aparicio, Jordi Casaubony, Antonio Remoli.

VISTA Customer Satisfaction Award: Mission Impossible, Russia: Alexander Polyanskiy, Alexander Zhurakovskiy, Pavel Tabachkov, Alexey Vasilyev.

VISTA Team Spirit Award: NZ Truck, New Zealand: Michael Wilson, Gareth Pryce, Shaun Wildbore, Sam Salmon.

VISTA Newcomer of the year: Trabus, Mexico: Israel Sepulveda Hernandez, Alfredo Arias Esquivias, Luis Alberto Diaz Alvarado.

The other competing teams (alphabetical order):

Automobilia and Cars N.V. Belgium
Band of Bluekens Netherlands
Bonnraggarna Sweden
Castellancortesegrapiglia Italy
Copenhagen Controls Denmark
DeF Nightshift Canada
E-Pro Korea
FB One Hungary
Impact Austria
I-4 United Arab Emirates
Lambung Mangkurat Indonesia
MC Hammars UK
MS Group Israel
Rennes 2 France
Shalom Brazil
Taquions Portugal
Team FH16 Austria
The Dealer Planet Chile
The Four Stroke UK
The Serengeti Boys Tanzania
Townsville B Australia
Veskun Poppoo Finland
Vikings LT Lithuania
Viru Valge Estonia

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