Vista 2018 Gothenberg by Ian Wallman

Volvo Trucks and  Volvo Bus has announced that its VISTA technical challenge,  which the Swedish company claims is the the world’s largest aftermarket technical challenge is once again back on.

VISTA  which stands for Volvo International Service Training Award, kicked off this week, pitting teams of Volvo truck and bus service market personnel, including technicians, parts and warranty employees against each other in a bid to develop and improve their knowledge, skills, and ability to work as a team in workshops around the globe.

Volvo says the competition starts with theory-based challenges that are issued digitally via an online web-based application and a mobile device. Teams of between two and four service market personnel work their way through these tasks in an effort to progress to the next round.

“As we’ve seen highlighted in recent times trucks are a key part of our everyday lives,” says Richard Singer, vice president, services and retail development,  for Volvo Group Australia.

“Our technicians, parts and service teams, those at the frontline of our workshops, play a vital role in keeping those trucks serviced and moving.” “VISTA celebrates and rewards the skill, perseverance and ingenuity shown by people in workshops around the world day in-day out,” Singer said.

“It’s easy to overlook the rapid pace of technological development in modern vehicles,” Singer continued.

“Our dealerships have to constantly upskill to keep up with the latest products and then put that knowledge into practice in a way that maximize uptime for our customers.”

“And to my mind that is indeed something worth celebrating.”

With a history stretching back to 1957, Volvo says VISTA attracts almost 20,000 participants from more than 90 countries.

Teams from Australia and New Zealand will compete with some of the best service market personnel in the world in an effort to land a place at the global final in Gothenburg, Sweden in September this year.