VISTA PROFILES

Kjell Helmer, from Sweden, is a Key Bus Technician with the team Bonnraggarna, who reached the world final of VISTA in 2011.

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2011: Avesta Cruising Club: the reigning VISTA world champions

A little over a year ago, the Avesta Cruising Club stood in shock as they were announced as winners of VISTA 2011. But with registrations for the next VISTA now being accepted, its time for them to defend their title.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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