Fuel efficiency rules for Mercedes van and truck additions 04 June 2013

Mark Thompson Transport is now running new tractor units and vans all from Mercedes-Benz, not least in bid to maximise fuel efficiency.

The Warrington-based operator has taken delivery of eight New Actros 2545 tractor units with GigaSpace cabs, as well as a pair of Citan vans.

Powered by state-of-the-art, 450bhp straight-six engines, the Actros trucks are already delivering a very welcome improvement in economy, compared to the operator's other 44-tonne tractors, according to managing director Mark Thompson.

"Our fleet includes some units from the previous Actros range, which are solid performers in terms of fuel returns," he explains. "But the New Actros are returning a 7% mpg improvement on our trunking runs."

Thompson maintains that those margins will make a big difference if replicated across the company's 46-vehicle truck fleet.

As for the new vans, they comprise one 109 CDI Long and a 109 CDI Extra-long Dualiner, which has a second row of seats. Both have the 90bhp diesel engines and are used for service support and run-arounds for local deliveries.

"The launch of the Citan is good news, because it means we can now buy small vans from Enza, as well as our trucks," states Thompson.

"It's a great little vehicle and a pleasure to drive, while, unlike some other products in the same class, it is also supported by a dedicated commercial vehicle dealer network."

Author
John Challen

Related Companies
Enza Motors Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd

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