Transgroup Logistics recently added four FAW 16.240FT truck tractors and one FAW 15.180FL to its mixed fleet … and the purchase of a further eight FAWs is on the cards.
All the new trucks have been acquired through FAW Pinetown, a full FAW sales and service branch.
Owner and director of Transgroup Logistics, Kerwin Naidoo, explains that the company will run the FAW trucks in and around the province and from the Port of Durban to Gauteng.
“We are doing local and national deliveries and these vehicles are ideal for this purpose. The trucks are all single-axle vehicles, which means they are the right choice for light container loads.”
Transgroup Logistics’ drivers will be hosted by FAW Pinetown to receive training on the intricacies of operating their newly branded vehicles. “These vehicles are practical and driver-friendly and that makes a big difference,” continues Naidoo.
He adds that the company undertook a study to determine what the most economical trucks would be when it came to light container loads. “Diesel cost is your biggest factor in transport and these trucks are light on fuel,” he says.
“While these vehicles are not highly technical nor difficult to maintain, the most important thing for us is the aftersales service and the service intervals of the vehicles. This is our first order of FAWs, so we are excited to see the real-world results. We hope to grow our fleet further during 2018,” Naidoo says.
“I’ve read a lot of articles on FAW supplying construction sites and they are all working well. We currently subcontract a portion of work and certain haulage companies are waiting for me to give them feedback on the vehicles we have purchased from FAW. I know the feedback will be positive, which will impact the branch’s bottom line positively, as it will get a lot more deals coming through its doors,” Naidoo suggests.
Dealer principal Mike Williams says what sets FAW Pinetown apart is its ability to provide full backup and 24-hour breakdown assistance. “In addition to the workshop manager, we have five fully qualified diesel technicians. We do our very best to go beyond the call of duty to keep our customers happy.”
Apart from the Transgroup Logistics deal, FAW Pinetown has made inroads into many other fleets in KwaZulu-Natal, among them the Dixon Group, Autogistixs, Build It, Boxer Cash and Carry and Build Right.