17 December 2013

2013: Life as VISTA world champions

It’s been six months since Team Harju won the VISTA World Championship, and since returning to the Volvo Truck Center in Tampere, Finland, work has never been the same.

“Winning the VISTA World Championship has affected us in many ways,” says Immo Harju, team captain. “First of all we have had our hands full with work. Colleagues in our workshop and in other Volvo workshops have been very positive and have asked for our advice or support”.

The VISTA world final took place in Gothenburg, Sweden last June, and involved 32 teams from all over the world. Originally the competition starting out with over 17,000 participants from 93 countries, with the world final bring together the very best technicians and aftermarket personnel in Volvo Trucks’ and Volvo Buses’ global service network.

“We have received very positive feedback from customers as well as more work, which of course in this economic climate, is very important,” continues Harju. “Our success has been noticed in many magazines and therefore we have had a great opportunity to strengthen the image of the Volvo Truck Center Tampere as a workshop that gets work done and things fixed. So autumn for us and for our workshop has been quite busy”.

It goes without saying that winning a world championship is a huge personal honour for each of the team members, however it has also been a source of pride for their whole dealership and for Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses in Finland.

“Everybody here is very proud of our professional expertise at Volvo Truck Center Tampere, for which our world championship is proof. We hope that our success has affected truck sales as well, as there is no doubt that good aftermarket services are one of the most important advantages. We hope that our victory will encourage all the old as well as new VISTA teams and push them to perform when it’s time for VISTA again”.