Nissan South Africa honours champions at Nissan Ignition Awards

Vredendal’s Brand Nissan dealership walked off with the coveted title of Nissan Dealer of the Year for South Africa at a gala function held in the Sandton City Convention Centre.

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Drawing together the global Japanese carmaker’s partners from across its Independent Markets Africa and South African networks for the first ever continental awards ceremony in South Africa, the event was a true celebration of the company’s African legacy and continental presence said Nissan Africa Managing Director, Sherief Eldessouky.

South Africa’s other finalists for Dealer of the Year, included: Morgan Nissan Lydenburg, which won the Small Dealer of the Year category; BB Mount Fuji (Medium Dealer); NTT Nissan Klerksdorp (Large Dealer), and NTT Nissan Bloemfontein as Mega Dealer of the Year. Brand Nissan Vredendal won the Very Small Dealer of the Year category and was crowned the overall winner for South Africa.

Overall Dealer of the Year and winner of the Very Small Category: Seen here are Quinton Brand (DP & Director of Brand Nissan Vredendal) and Maciej Klenkiewicz (Nissan South Africa and Independent Markets Africa MD).
NTT Nissan Bloemfontein - Mega Dealer of the Year: Seen here are Sherief Eldessouky (Nissan Africa MD), Patrick Welpton (DP & Director NTT Bloemfontein) and Maciej Klenkiewicz (Nissan South Africa and Independent Markets Africa MD).

The gala event, which was the culmination of the annual Nissan Africa Conference, recognised a whole range of Nissan top performers from best Nissan Finance Dealer to Best Nissan Customer Satisfaction in Sales and Service won by Algoa Nissan.

Other awards included Best Customer Satisfaction in New Vehicle Sales, Best Fleet Sales, After-sales and Service and granular recognition awards for the best salespeople in the various categories of Nissan’s key models.

Nissan’s success was a combination of having the right vehicles for the right market backed up by the right people. The gala event was a wonderful opportunity to recognise these individuals and organisation, says Nissan South Africa and Independent Markets Africa’s managing director, Maciej Klenkiewicz.

NTT Nissan Klerksdorp - Large Dealer of the Year: Seen here are Sherief Eldessouky (Nissan Africa MD), André Pretorius (DP NTT Nissan Klerksdorp) and Maciej Klenkiewicz (Nissan South Africa and Independent Markets Africa MD).
BB Mount Fuji - Medium Dealer of the Year: Seen here are Sherief Eldessouky (Nissan Africa MD), Precious Nkatingi (Sales Manager BB Mount Fuji), Stephan Lowe (DP BB Mount Fuji) and Maciej Klenkiewicz (Nissan South Africa and Independent Markets Africa MD).

“From South Africa, we learn that we are because of others. In Africa we say if we want to go fast, we go alone, but if we want to far, we go together. Friday night was a reflection of both of those concepts, we are a company made up of incredible people with an incredible legacy that spans more than 60 years and a partnership in all the countries that make up this continent that gives us a fantastic footprint, which guarantees that the vehicles we sell can be serviced and supported to the highest global standards wherever they are sold.

“It is a true pleasure and privilege to be able to recognise those people from across Africa and here in South Africa and properly honour them in this way,” he says.

Morgan Nissan Lydenburg - Small Dealer of the Year: Seen here are Sherief Eldessouky (Nissan Africa MD), Hugh Morgan (Director Morgan Group), Adelene le Roux (DP Morgan Nissan Lydenburg) and Maciej Klenkiewicz (Nissan South Africa and Independent Markets Africa MD).

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