Toyota South Africa recently named LuK Africa as its Supplier of the Year and Brynn Stephenson, of Monument Toyota, Constantia, as the manufacturer’s best dealer of 2002.

Toyota South Africa recently named LuK Africa as its Supplier of the Year and Brynn Stephenson, of Monument Toyota, Constantia, as the manufacturer’s best dealer of 2002.

Len Terblanche, managing director of LuK Africa, received the Supplier of the Year award from Toyota South Africa’s president and chief executive, Dr Johan Van Zyl, at a banquet held recently at Alpine Heath in the Drakensburg this week.

Chairman of Toyota SA Elisabeth Bradley paid tribute to all the Prospecton-based manufacturer’s suppliers and highlighted the four financial factors that South Africa monitored very closely: GDP, interest rates, exchange rates and inflation.

Bradley also forecast modest economic growth in South Africa this year and added that not many countries in the world could show positive growth patterns in the next 12 months.

In congratulating LuK Africa, Alan Holmwood, Toyota SA’s senior general manager of purchasing, said: “LuK Africa performed exceptionally during 2002 and we can say that they are truly a world-class operation”.

This is their third success as Supplier of the Year, their other wins having been in1994 and 1997.

Category winners were:

Electrical systems - Smiths Manufacturing

Powertrain and mechanical - LuK Africa

Interior trim - Feltex Automotive Components

Body external trim and finishing - GBG Engineering

Suspension braking and chassis - Dunlop Tyres

Production consumables - ARB Electrical Wholesalers

Service supplier - Magnum Shield Security

Raw materials - Fischer Tube Technik

The Toyota quality award went to Hesto Harnesses.

Earlier this month, Toyota paid tribute to Stephenson and Toyota’s Truck Dealer of the Year 2002, Kevin Usher of Pat Hinde Toyota Trucks in Boksburg.

Toyota also presented the following President’s Awards:

Marius de Bruin, of Barloworld Toyota in Kuils River, won the category for mega dealerships and Henk Venter of Oranje Toyota in Bloemfontein was the runner-up.

Marius Claassen, of Helderburg Toyota, Strand, won the category for large dealerships and Jack Riback, of Honeydew Toyota, was the runner-up.

Fanie Erasmus of Lydenburg Toyota won the category for medium dealerships and Ivan Hamman of Auto Ren Heidelberg was named runner-up.

Jimmy van der Linde of Van der Linde Motors won the category for small dealerships and Jannie Stevens, of ESS Toyota Christiana, was the runner-up.

The following Vice-President’s Awards were presented:

After-Sales - Fanie Erasmus, Danie Saayman and Kobus Germishuys of Lydenburg Toyota

Group Parts Manager - Phillip Tossel of McCarthy Toyota

Group Service Manager - Koos Joubert of McCarthy Toyota

Parts Manager - Neels Ferreira of Killarney Toyota

Service Excellence - Kobus Germishuys of Lydenburg Toyota

Automark - Roy Webb and Durand Snyman, of McCarthy Toyota, Arcadia

Vehicle Marketing - Marius Claassen and Magda Hanekon of Helderburg Toyota

Financial Services - Rob Newton, of Halfway Toyota, Park Rynie

The Group Managing Director’s Award:

Steve Keys of Unitrans Group.

The Chairman’s Achievement Award:

Jimmy Loubser of Ermelo Toyota.

The following Toyota Touch Chairman’s Awards were presented:

Overall winner - Johan Brits of Humansdorp Toyota

Mega - Selwyn and Chookie Brenner of Brenners Toyota in Johannesburg

Medium - Marius Claasen of Helderberg Toyota in Strand

Small - Brian Mould of Kowie Toyota in Port Alfred

The President’s Award - Truck Division:

Johan Schreuder of McCarthy Toyota Trucks in Pinetown.

The Toyota Touch Chairman’s Award - Truck Division:

Pino Montalto of Imperial Trucks in Pretoria.

The Vice-President’s Awards for the Truck Division:

Truck Marketing - Ashraf Dhada of Motor Centre in Botswana

Truck After-Sales - Hannes Pretorius, Stephanus Botha, and Andrew Fourie of Limpopo Toyota in Polokwane

Truck Marketing Exclusive - Johan Schreuder of McCarthy Toyota Trucks in Pinetown

Truck Marketing Dual - Bob Simpson of Motor Centre, Botswana and Steve Henstock of Kyalami Toyota

Truck Parts Exclusive - Pierre Joubert of Pat Hinde Toyota Trucks

Truck Parts Dual - Ernst Schlechter of Oranje Toyota Trucks in Bloemfontein

Truck Service Exclusive - Patrick Arthur of McCarthy Toyota Trucks in Pinetown

Truck Service Dual - Riaan Geel of Oranje Toyota Trucks in Bloemfontein and Schalk Fourie of NTT Toyota in Potgietersrus

Truck Business Management - Neil Kotze, of Pat Hinde Toyota Trucks

Sue Oberholser of Monument Toyota in Florida was named the Toyota Knight of the Year. The runners-up were Rudi Kohrs of Barloworld Toyota in Tygervalley and Bernadette Schauerte of McCarthy Busa Toyota.

Saskia Saltmarsh of McCarthy Toyota in Sinoville was named the Automark Knight of the Year. The runner-up was Vaughn Pretorius of McCarthy Toyota in Gezina.

Original article from Car