Keith Andrews acquires two long-standing businesses in the lower North Island to support Daimler appointment
Posted: 04-Nov-2020 |


Keith Andrews (KAT) has agreed to purchase both Diesel and Equipment Services Limited (DESL) and First Commercials Limited (FCL) to support Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and FUSO customers in the lower North Island.

•           Wellington: From 11 November 2020, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and FUSO sales, parts and service support to be provided by Keith Andrews in Seaview and Porirua.

•           Palmerston North: From 11 November 2020, parts and service support for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner trucks will be provided in cooperation with FCL until the business transitions to Keith Andrews on the 28th January 2021.

The announcement follows KAT’s appointment in October as the new Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner dealer in the lower North Island.

Keith Andrews managing director Aaron Smith said: “We are very pleased to provide certainty to the transport community of the lower North Island. We realise the most important thing to operators is keeping your fleet moving and we are foremost committed to that.”

Both DESL and FCL have had a long association with the FUSO and Daimler brands. Already, the teams from DESL, FCL and KAT are working closely together to ensure that all Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and FUSO customers will enjoy the best possible sales, parts, service and support experience moving forward.

“We’re excited to now be working together in support of these fantastic brands, and for the future, as we join forces as new Keith Andrews dealerships in the lower North Island,” said Smith.

“We are committed to providing the very highest standard of support that customers expect for their Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and FUSO trucks and buses.

“We sincerely thank our industry partners for their support as we transition DESL and FCL to Keith Andrews.”

For new Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner truck sales enquiries, please contact the Keith Andrews team on 0800 4 TRUCKS.

Background Information from previous media release 1 October 2020:

Earlier in October Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific announced that Keith Andrews, the long-time Daimler partner, will open Mercedes Benz and Freightliner sales, service and parts dealerships in Wellington and Palmerston North. Keith Andrews already represents the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner brands in the upper North Island with dealerships in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga.
The move further strengthens the dealership footprint following the recent introduction of the latest generation Mercedes-Benz Actros and the impending arrival of the all-new Freightliner Cascadia.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, said Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner customers in the area will be well looked after following the appointment.

“We are excited to appoint the Keith Andrews team in order to provide the highest level of service to our customers in the lower North Island,” said Whitehead.

“This is a critical region of New Zealand and we are thrilled our customers there will receive the kind of attention and support that the Keith Andrews team is known to provide to the rest of the North Island,” he added.

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