Helphire gets LCV assistance from Fiat Ducato-based transporters30 July 2012

Accident assistance company Helphire Group has just taken delivery of the first of 50 new Euro 5 Fiat Ducato-based transporters as part of its fleet replacement programme.

The company, which has its head office in Bath, has specified 50 Fiat Ducato 33 B2B chassis 2.3 130bhp MultiJet II Euro 5 transporters built by UK industry experts KFS Special Vehicles. The Ducatos will be supplied by Fiat Professional dealer, Guest Truck & Van Centre in Birmingham, which enjoys a very strong relationship with Helphire Group plc.

The KFS converted Ducato-based transporters come with a generous standard specification and include aluminium deck and bearers, load tested loading ramps, recessed tie rings and a maximum payload capacity.

Tim Bailey, fleet services director, Helphire Group plc says: "Running a fleet of over 8,000 vehicles and needing to move them from A to B, more often than not one car at a time, creates a number of challenges for us. Our fleet ranges from the smallest cars right up to the top of the range prestige and sports vehicles, so ensuring we have sufficient flexibility and maximum load weight on any transporter is essential.

"We ultimately chose the Fiat Ducato as the base for our replacement transporters as it delivered the best load weight without sacrificing power or driver comfort and at a cost that we found very workable," adds Bailey.

Fiat Professional's new Euro 5 Ducato offers a wide range of new content and a renovated engine family that enhances its competitiveness in the segment, and offers the market the best in terms of performance, comfort, payload and running costs.

All the new 2.3-litre Ducato engines are part of the second-generation MultiJet family, which represents technology, performance and economy.

John Challen

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