Finland flying the flag for VISTA success

The last VISTA competition in 2012-2013 generated many positive experiences for those who took part. Team Harju from Tampere in Finland won the title, yet they were not the only

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NTC in Switzerland fix their eyes on first prize

How would you say that participation in the competition (and coming 2nd) has affected your business? The team ratio has improved significantly after the VISTA competition and also our working

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Champions Team Harju ready to go again in VISTA 2015-2016

As preparations for the forthcoming VISTA competition continue, we asked the team that won the previous competition, Team Harju from Tampere in Finland, about their experiences since securing the title

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‘Train the trainers’ focuses on dual clutch gearbox

A Volvo Trucks’ ‘Train the trainers’ course which took place in Gothenburg in March dealt with all aspects of the I-Shift dual clutch gearbox. Those who took part returned to

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New schedule for VISTA World Championship 2015-2016

The countdown to VISTA World Championship 2015-2016 has now official began with the unveiling of the competition’s schedule. In the lead up to the competition, you can follow VISTA on

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New schedule for VISTA

A new schedule for VISTA entails that the next edition of the popular aftermarket competition will start in 2015.

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Team Harju win VISTA 2012-2013 world championship

Team Harju, the VISTA team from the Volvo Truck Centre in Tampere, Finland, are the new world champions after finishing first in this week’s world final in Gothenburg.

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Gothenburg gets ready for VISTA 2012-2013 world final

Having started with more than 17,000 people in 4,471 teams from 93 countries, the competition for VISTA 2012-2013 is now down to just 32 teams – all of whom are now in Gothenburg this week for the world final.

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Finland’s VISTA success

This week, 32 teams from all over the world will arrive in Gothenburg for the VISTA 2012-2013 world final. Three of those teams, Team Harju, Kuusamon Wetteri and Wetteri Power Oy, are from Finland - more than any other country.

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South Africa’s rising star

Since its launch in 2010, the Skills for Life programme has been a huge success, with all nine apprentices successfully forging careers with Volvo Trucks in South Africa. Now Manqoba Mkhize has become the first graduate to reach a VISTA semi final.

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Reining champions hand over VISTA cup

With less than a month to go until the VISTA 2012-2013 world final, reining world champions Avesta Cruising Club recently handed over the cup in preparation for a new winner.

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Semi finals end – world finalists announced

With the remaining finals ending in Sydney last week, the semi final phase of VISTA 2012-2013 is now over, and the competition is down to just 32 teams who will travel to Gothenburg this June for the world final.

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APAC semi finals see last six teams qualify for world final

After a tough APAC final, the last semi final for VISTA 2012-2013, six more teams have qualified for the world final, where they will compete alongside the best workshop personnel from all around the world.

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VISTA semi finals generate extensive global publicity

Over the past three weeks, VISTA semi finals in Greensboro, Madrid and Curitiba, have generated extensive print, online and even television coverage from a number of media sources across the world.

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Madrid semi finals come to a close

April 18: The final day of competition in Madrid included semi finals for NAME (North Africa, Middle East) region and Volvo Buses.

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Day seven in Madrid

April 17: The seventh VISTA semi final in Madrid saw ten teams from UK and Ireland compete in the morning session, followed by ten teams from Russia.

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Day six in Madrid

April 16: The sixth semi final to take place in Madrid saw an interesting mix of teams from South Africa, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands.

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Region East semi final

April 11: 18 teams from Belarus, Ukraine, Israel, Greece, Portugal, Moldova, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, competed together yesterday, in the Region East VISTA semi final.

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Hungarian win Central East semi final

Twenty teams from Lithuania, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Estonia, Poland and Slovenia, meet up in Madrid last Wednesday, for the Central East VISTA semi final. After a full day of competition, two Hungarian teams, Pevijola and Polgár1, qualified for the world final.

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Latin American semi final ends

The VISTA 2012-2013 Latin America semi final has now ended, with the winners recently announced. B270F (Treviso Betim, Brazil), VTT (Dipesul Canoas, Brazil) and Macasa Vision (Ecuador).

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Central Europe completes semi final

April 9: The competition in the Central Europe VISTA semi final has now ended, with staff at the Volvo Training Centre in Madrid hosting another successful semi final.

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Finnish teams dominate Nordic semi final

Finland’s contingent of teams at last week’s Nordic VISTA 2012-2013 semi final in Madrid, put in an exceptional performance claimed three of the four world final spots available.

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Nordic semi finals begin

Yesterday, 4th April, saw twenty teams from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland arrive at the Volvo Training Centre in Madrid, to participate in the Nordic VISTA semi finals.

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Five teams qualify for world final

With the conclusion of the Italy, Spain and France VISTA semi finals, another five teams have now qualified for the world final. The winners were announced at an award ceremony last night in Madrid.

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Semi finals begin in Madrid

Yesterday, 3rd April, the first of eight semi finals in Madrid kicked off, with teams from Spain, France and Italy competing for spots in the world final. The winners will be announced tonight at an award dinner.

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Madrid prepares for VISTA semi finals

After a lot of planning and hard work, the technical trainers at the Volvo Training Center in Madrid, Spain, are ready to host eight VISTA semi finals between 3-19 April.

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First world finalists revealed

Babine Truck & Equipment, the VISTA team from Prince George, Canada, have become the first to qualify for the VISTA 2012-2013 world final after winning the North American semi final.

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VISTA 2012-2013: the numbers

With the theoretical rounds of VISTA 2012-2013 now over, it’s time to go over the statistics and see if the competition lived up to its aim of being the biggest and best VISTA ever.

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VISTA Heroes from Round Two

To reward and acknowledge teams that best exemplify VISTA values, Volvo Group Truck Sales & Marketing APAC is awarding Hero certificates to three teams after each round. Here are the winners from Round Two.

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1100 participants already registered

It’s been less than a fortnight since registrations opened, and already over 1100 participants, making up over 400 teams, have signed up.

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Seven essential tips for success in VISTA

With registrations for VISTA 2012-2013 now being accepted, teams from all over the world are currently preparing. Some teams boast decades of experience while others are taking part for the first time. But there are characteristics that all successful teams share. We look at seven vital factors for building a successful team, and previous finalists share their tips and suggestions.

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Asia VISTA 2012-2013 kick-off meeting held in Thailand

On May 17, a kick-off meeting for VISTA 2012-2013 was held in Bangkok, which was attended by 14 Asia VISTA market leaders. Representing an estimated 646 teams, the leaders discussed rules and guidelines, as well as their objectives and ambitious for the upcoming competition. The kick-off meeting follows on from a marketing communication managers kick-off meeting held in Korea last month.

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IT´S TIME FOR VISTA 2012-2013

Registrations will soon be accepted for VISTA 2012-2013 – Volvo Trucks’ and Volvo Buses’ world championship for service and workshop personnel. VISTA 2011 was the biggest yet, involving over 13,700 participants from 75 different countries, however VISTA 2012-2013 has the potential to be even bigger and better.

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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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