20 Citan extra long vans for Advance Catering Equipment 24 July 2014

Commercial kitchen specialist Advance Catering Equipment has taken delivery of a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans, the first of which have been allocated to its team of field-based engineers.

The Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, firm is now running 20 new Citan 109 CDIs, supplied by Wellingborough dealer Intercounty Truck & Van.

Advance Catering went for the fuel-efficient 90bhp Citan engines (up to 61.4 mpg) and chose the extra-long bodies, which have been fitted with purpose-designed Edstrom racking systems.

"We were undergoing a rebranding process and wanted to ensure that our vans best reflected the quality of our service, as well as the premium brand values of our business," comments Daniel Hewitt, head of commercial operations.

"Fuel efficiency was crucial, so we only considered vehicles capable of more than 50 mpg," he continues.

"We also focused on driver comfort, because our engineers spend most of their working day at the wheel, and safety."

And Hewitt says he also wanted a value for money rental and maintenance package.

"After careful consideration of all the alternatives, and having taken full account of our engineers' views, we came down strongly in favour of the Mercedes-Benz Citan."

Advance Catering Equipment's new vans are the subject of a CharterWay contract hire agreement with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and will be serviced by the most conveniently located official dealers.

"We're really happy with our Citans," says Hewitt continues: "The extra-long version is the ideal size for our operation and driver feedback has been resoundingly positive."

"The contract hire deal, meanwhile, is competitively priced and gives us the peace of mind that comes from knowing our vehicles are being properly maintained within the manufacturer's Dealer network."

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Intercounty Truck & Van
Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd

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