CMV Trucks at Derrimut on the western outskirts of Melbourne sets a standard for truck operators that is truly world class
After 18 months of construction, CMV Truck & Bus Derrimut is now officially open for business. Mack, UD Trucks and Volvo Truck and Bus Sales, Parts and Service departments are now operational in what is truly a state-of-the-art dealership.
Located at 392 Boundary Road, just one kilometre west of the previous location, the new centre replaces the previous Laverton sites and lays claim to being the largest truck dealership in the world.
The official opening was attended by almost every truck operator in Melbourne, a testimony to the standing and integrity of the Crawford family that owns and runs the CMV Truck & Bus network of dealerships across the country.
PowerTorque saw many familiar faces as we checked out the new premises, which, frankly, are awesomely huge. The area of the site at 80,000 sq m covers 8 hectares, or just under 20 acres, with a boundary fence that runs for 1.1 km. Within the 14-million-litre concrete pour is a building than spans 20,490 sq m, covering the sales and service requirements of the brands that make up the Volvo Group Australia product range of Volvo, Mack and UD.
Take your pick of 114 different workshop service bays, handling the specialist requirements of diagnostics, light mechanical, lubrication, heavy mechanical, bus service, used truck reconditioning and pre-delivery areas.
The move by the truck industry towards the implementation of Euro 6 emissions levels to reduce pollution has not gone unnoticed by the designers of the new truck centre. The workshop floors are heated by using waste oil collected from the workshop bays, and solar panels on the roof area will contribute towards 30 percent of the electricity requirements for the site’s daily operation. And if the power should fail for any reason, a standby generator is able to supply 750 kVA on immediate demand.
Service opening hours run from 6:00 a.m. through until midnight on weekdays, and 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, backed up by a 24/7 roadside assist service.
As a mini-city employing upwards of 250 personnel at full stretch, there’s an onsite canteen for staff and customers, plus sleeping accommodation and rest rooms for visiting truck drivers if they wait to collect their vehicle after servicing.
The CMV Group recently celebrated its 80th anniversary, and the opening of Derrimut adds a new dimension to the already impressive recent addition of South Central Trucks in Adelaide. Within five years, another first-class site will open at Dandenong, covering the east of Melbourne and reinforcing the standards the Crawford family believe truck dealerships should offer their customers. This new site will be reconfiguring the current dealerships at their locations of Albury/Wodonga, Clayton, Dandenong and Gippsland that form part of the groups 49 locations nationally.