Central Auto Supplies goes for Nemo’s fuel efficiency 10 June 2010

Central Auto Supplies (CAS – a founder member of the UK Parts Alliance) has taken delivery of a major Citroën LCV order that, it says, is aimed at improving the fuel efficiency and emissions of its delivery fleet.

The Wellingborough-based company, which has 19 depots, primarily in the Midlands and East Anglia, has bought 41 Nemo 1.4HDi LX vans and two Relay 35 L3H2 120 LCVs from Citroën dealer Duff Morgan of Norwich.

Peter Jipson, CAS operations manager, says that the new Nemo vans were selected after a stringent selection process for multi-drop operations, delivering OE parts from uppliers such as Bosch, Delphi, LuK, Mann, Monroe, Shell and Valvoline, to automotive repair garages, fast-fit outlets and retail motor factors.

"CAS is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of its vehicle fleet, through driver training and the specification of state-of-the-art technology," comments Jipson.

"As such, the Nemo, which is the UK's most fuel efficient van and has the lowest CO2 emissions for a high cube LCV van, is an excellent fit for our business," he adds.

Jipson reckons the Nemos are delivering 60-plus mpg fuel economy on its multi-drop deliveries, and also says that drivers get a high level of comfort and safety equipment.

In fact, CAS' specification includes the optional Extenso folding passenger seat, which provides a flat load deck length of almost 2.5m – enabling the firm to carry exhaust pipes and other long parts. The firm also went for rear glazed doors and the LX specification, with remote central locking, nearside side loading door and adjustable driver's seat and steering column.

With more Nemos expected to join the CAS fleet later this year, well over half of the company's 100-plus delivery fleet will soon be made up of Nemos.

Brian Tinham

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