Switch to Isuzu results in five-figure savings06 February 2012

By changing truck brands – in this case to an Isuzu Forward 7.5tonner – Classic Catering estimates it will save in excess of £10,000 on its annual fuel costs.

With the company running a daily trunking operation from Manchester to London, the new Isuzu is already showing a significant improvement in fuel economy over the incumbent brand.

This is the company's first ever Isuzu in its 19-strong distribution fleet, and the N75.190 4x2 rigid vehicle is covering more than 2,400 miles a week.

It transports patisserie products from Classic Catering's Manchester production facility to its London based distribution centre in Wembley.

Within the first month of service, the Isuzu returned a 3mpg improvement in average fuel consumption over the previous vehicle on this six-day-a-week, 430-mile daily operation.

Classic Catering anticipates this fuel saving will improve even further as the Isuzu settles into its working life.

"We were aware of the Isuzu payload and fuel economy before we bought the vehicle, and everything we heard has materialised already with this first Isuzu," states David Mincher, logistics and warehouse manager at Classic Catering.

"Almost immediately, we have been able to achieve a significant fuel saving and we are confident that the mpg figures will continue to impress us as the Isuzu beds in."

John Challen

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