With over 13,700 participants, VISTA 2011 was the biggest in the competition’s 53-year history. By the time registrations closed in September 2010, there 3740 teams made up from personnel from Volvo Trucks’ and Volvo Busses’ global service network. It was also the most global, with 75 countries represented and a host of new markets taking part for the first time.

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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.

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Round One Over!

At midnight last Sunday night Round One of VISTA 2011 was officially closed. All teams had been given exactly two weeks to complete 30 theoretical questions. Over the next month teams will gradually find out their results and where they stand in their respective competitions.

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Regular visitors to VISTA’s Facebook page will already know Boualem Ghaleb. As the VISTA leader for Algeria, he has been one of the more enthusiastic users of the social networking site, frequently promoting his teams and offering encouragement to fellow competitors.

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Top technicians from Volvo Trucks’ workshops all over the globe have qualified for in the VISTA 2011 world final which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in June. The competition originally started with more than 13,700 technicians and workshop personnel from all over the world is now down to just thirty teams.

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The 2011 VISTA world final includes a number of teams who have taken part in a world final before, including defending champions Team Impact from Austria. However most teams that are attending have qualified for the first time and will arriving in Gothenburg not really knowing what to expect. We ask some of the teams what they’ve learnt from VISTA so far and what their expectations are for the final.

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In 2011 VISTA grew rapidly in the Asian region, with 565 teams taking part. Most remarkably, just about every team went on to complete all three theoretical rounds with almost zero dropouts. The competition standards have never been higher, making Lambung Mangkurat’s achievements all the more impressive.

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Mission Impossible, Russia

Team Mission Impossible, from the city of Zelenograd, will be representing Russia this year at the world final after finishing first in the Russian semi final, in Thessaloniki, Greece last April. The team members are Aleksei Vasilyev, Warranty Engineer; Pavel Tabachkov, Technical Support; Aleksander Polyansky and Aleksander Zhurakovsky, both Supervising Foremen.

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Veskum Poppoo, Finland

Veskun Poppoo, from the small Finnish city of Kuopio, have participated in a number of VISTA competitions before but this is the first time they’ve gone further than the first three rounds. “We have been taking part in VISTA every time it has been possible to attend, but not one of us have even reached the semi finals before, let alone the final,” says Ari Savolainen, team leader of Veskun Poppoo.

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Dealer Planet, Chile

Last September, before Round One of VISTA 2011 had even commenced, Chile’s VISTA leader Harry Opitz was determined to see a Chilean team reach the world final. “Expectations are very high,” he said at the time. “We have trained our people so they can perform at a very high level. Our technicians have a lot of motivation and conviction that they can win.”

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Castellancortesegrapiglia

Of the thirty teams who will be coming to Gothenburg this June, few are better prepared than Italy’s Castellancortesegrapiglia. 2011 will be their second world final, having qualified in 2007, and one team member even has thirty years experience taking part in VISTA.

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Portugal’s Taquions reach world final

For Taquions it was a case of third time lucky. The team from Porto, Portugal have qualified for the past two VISTA semi finals in 2007 and 2009, but only in 2011 have they managed to go one better and qualify for the world final.

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Band of Bluekens, Netherlands

Combined the four members of Band of Bluekens can boast nearly half a century of Volvo experience. Each team member has qualified for a VISTA semi final at least three times, and even reached the 2009 world final, where they finished ninth. Its therefore not that surprising that the team are once again Dutch champions and qualified for the world final for the second time in a row.

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Last week saw another big week for VISTA 2011 with five semi finals taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece and Sydney, Australia.

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MS Group take Israel to VISTA world final

“I’m very nervous. I feel like I have snakes in my stomach,” says Chen Shem Tov, the youngest member of MS Group, Israel’s representative at the region East VISTA semi final in Thessaloniki, Greece. There are eighteen teams taking part, hoping for a spot in the world final, and like all teams MS Group have no idea what is in stall.

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With less than four weeks before the world final, everyone’s attention is on the thirty teams who have qualified. However it’s important to remember that VISTA is about learning and training before all else. Everybody who has taken part, has learnt something, and can therefore bow out of the competition a winner. It might be a new skill, using a new tool, new information on Impact, or better team work.

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Tanzania’s Serengeti Boys reach world final and make VISTA history

In 2011 the Serengeti Boys were formed and took part in their first ever VISTA competition. It was the start of a remarkable journey that took them all the way to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the world final.

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As Panteras – VISTA’s first all female team

VISTA 2011 saw more participants than ever before - it also saw the debut of As Panteras: VISTA’s the first ever all-female team.

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DeF Nightshift from Winnipeg, Canada will be the first North American team ever to take part in the VISTA world final after successfully winning the North American final in Greensboro, USA last week.

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VCV Townsville parts and service personnel, Sunil Pinto, Mark Borm, Linda Casey and Adam Johns, will travel to Gothenburg for the VISTA World Final in June to compete with the other 29 area finalists from around the globe.

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Today in Greenboro, USA a North American VISTA team will qualify for the VISTA world final for the first time in the competition’s history. However VISTA isn’t a new concept in the US and Canada. In fact Volvo Trucks North America have been holding their own VISTA competition since 1995, and started a competition for Mack Trucks in 2009.

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Latin America semi final – report

Three more teams have now qualified for the VISTA 2011 world final after another highly successful semi final in Latin America. Last week 21 teams from ten different countries met in Curitiba, Brazil, each hoping to earn a place in the world final.

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From Dubai to Sweden: NAME VISTA semi final

This June Volvo Trucks HQ in Gothenburg, Sweden will host the world final of VISTA 2011, in what will be the culmination of a year-long competition that originally started with over 13,700 participants from 75 different countries. Last April Dubai hosted the Northern Africa Middle East semi final.

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First VISTA world finalists announced

The first round of VISTA semi finals concluded last week, with nine semi finals taking place in Verona, Beesd and Dubai. In what was a busy week for the competition, sixteen teams qualified for the world final, while all teams enjoyed a memorable few days.

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This week 19 teams from all over South America will be in Curitiba, Brazil, taking part in the Latin American VISTA semi final. Already VISTA 2011 has been a huge success in the region, with record high participation rates. By Tuesday, we’ll learn which two teams will represent the continent at the world final.

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With the third and final round of theoretical questions ending last month, VISTA 2011 has unfortunately come to an end for many of the thousands of teams who took part. But as we go over the results and statistics from all three rounds, it is clear that the lucky teams who progress to the semi finals are not the only winners.

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Round Three, the final round of theoretical questions for VISTA 2011, ended last month. As with the two earlier rounds, the final results and statistics have revealed high participation rates and strong performances in all markets, making it another successful round.

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VISTA – Volvo Trucks’ and Volvo Buses’ worldwide competition and training programme for mechanics and service personnel – has now reached the semi finals after the completion of the third and final round of theoretical questions last week.

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Ice work

If Iceland is anything to go by, than the size or geographical location have no barriers to being a successful VISTA team. Despite only having three teams, and not having access to the training and support services available in larger markets, Iceland’s VISTA teams have one of the highest average scores in the whole competition.

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TRABUS becomes first Mexican team in VISTA semi-finals.

VISTA 2011 has not only seen the highest participation in any VISTA competition since its inception in 1957, but it has also seen the competition expand into a host of new countries, one of which is Mexico.

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Round Three – The Verdict

The third and final round of theoretical questions for VISTA 2011 is now over. So how did Round Three compare to Rounds One and Two? Did it meet up to its promise of being the hardest round yet? Did it continue to educate and inspire? Once again we catch up with some participants to find out.

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With its warm Mediterranean climate and close proximity to the Costa Blanca, Alicante has become synonymous with sizzling summer holidays. But as we discovered on a recent visit, it is also a hotbed of VISTA participants.

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A Tale of Two Teams: VISTA’s UK Bloggers

Over the past few months participants and followers of VISTA 2011 have been able to follow the progress of two British teams: Carrot Crunchers and MMAKY DEES. Apart from being VISTA’s first and to date only bloggers, the two teams have much in common. Both were world finalists in 2009, and after two rounds they are neck-and-neck in equal second for the UK region in VISTA 2011. Having meet before in previous VISTA competitions’, a friendly rivalry has quickly developed.

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With Round Three commencing next week, now is the perfect time to look over the results and statistics for VISTA 2011 so far. We know 3740 teams registered last September, but how many continue to soldier on and how many have buckled? How many teams have scored maximum points? What have been the best performing regions?

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Round Three of VISTA 2011, the last round of theoretical questions before the semi finals, commences in less than a week, with the competition still incredibly tight. From midnight (CET time) this Sunday, 30th January, all teams will receive their final 30 questions.

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With all the number crunching finally done, we can now reveal that exactly 13,704 people are participating in VISTA 2011, forming 3740 teams. They are representing Volvo dealerships and workshops from 75 countries all over the world.

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After two rounds, teams from Estonia, Slovakia and Poland are leading the way in Central East Europe, in what is one of Volvo Trucks’ fastest growing markets. 173 teams from the region have registered for VISTA 2011, but only fifteen will qualify for the semi final in Verona, Italy, and only three will make it to the World Final in Gothenburg next summer.

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Belmagistralavtotrans make a perfect start

VISTA 2011 has already thrown up a couple of surprises, but few have been greater than the extraordinary success of Team Belmagistralavtotrans from Belarus. Despite competing in VISTA for the very first time, the team from Minsk have scored a perfect 30 in both rounds of VISTA 2011, and stand an excellent chance of qualifying for the semi finals in their first ever attempt.

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Team Extra maintain faultless record

Despite their young age and relative lack of experience, Team Extra are the only team in Greece, and one of the few teams in the world, to score a perfect 30 in both the first two rounds of VISTA 2011.

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Team Impact still going strong

Team Impact, the winners of the VISTA 2009 World Final, are on track to defend their title having scored a perfect 60 out of 60 in the first two rounds of VISTA 2011. As only one of a handful of teams to maintain a perfect record so far in the competition, they have every reason to feel confident of qualifying for the Central European semi finals in Holland next March.

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Round Two of VISTA 2011 is now over in all markets, as the competition takes another big step towards the World Final next June. Was the second round of questions harder than the first? We catch up with some participants to find out.

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As Volvo’s Latin American markets continue to grow, so does the region’s participation in VISTA. With Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Paraguay already active participants, VISTA 2011 will see three news markets in Latin America: Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

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China’s booming economy means many companies are now doing business in the world’s most populous country, but Volvo have been selling and delivering trucks to China since 1934. In the last few years that relationship was expanded rapidly, and in 2004 Volvo Trucks became the first European truck manufacturer with local production with the opening of their first plant in Jinan.

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As one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, Korea has a proud history in the motor vehicle industry, including trucks and buses. It is a legacy that Korean teams will be looking to live up to when they take part in VISTA 2011.

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The competition for VISTA 2011 resumes this week, as participants from all over the world get ready for Round Two. From midnight (CET time) this Sunday, 15th November, teams will receive an additional 30 questions and given exactly two weeks to submit their answers.

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Bridging the Gap

There is no escaping the fact that Volvo Trucks operates in a traditionally male-dominated industry. This is reflected in the low representation of women in VISTA, however fostering diversity and gender equality have long been amongst Volvo’s core values, and VISTA does play an important role in breaking down barriers.

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Chile

VISTA 2011 is the fourth competition Chile has participated in, and this time they’re being represented by 22 teams, with 85 competitors. It is a notable increase on the 15 teams that took part in 2009, and as Chile’s involvement in VISTA grows, so does their ambition.

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Steve Randall has worked in service for over 16 years, and VISTA 2011 will be his third competition. His teammate, Matt Elias, is taking part for the first time having only worked in parts for a year. Together with Nick Larman and Michael Lennon, they make up CMV Team 3, and despite the differences in age and experience amongst them, they all agree that the have a lot to learn from VISTA 2011.

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What Makes a VISTA Champion?: An interview with Josef Mikula of Team Impact, Austria.

In June 2009, Josef Mikula and three of his work colleagues stood in front of the very best technicians and personnel in the whole Volvo Trucks’ and Volvo Buses’ global workforce, and were the envy of all. Together they formed Team Impact, and they had just won the VISTA 2009 World Championship: Volvo Trucks’ international competition for aftermarket personnel.

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It has been over a week now since Round One of VISTA 2011 closed, and as results slowly filter in, everyone wants to compares notes and know how Round One went.

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