Major Citroën order from Vela Group26 February 2013

Tees Valley-based Vela Group has placed an order for 137 vans and cars to replace the bulk of its 200-strong vehicle fleet.

This purchase follows Vela's selection process, which involved several unnamed vehicle manufacturers.

On the van side, the supplying dealer Springfield Citroën Gateshead will deliver more than 120 Citroën Dispatch L2 1200 HDi 90 H1 and HDi 95 H2s, eight Citroën Relay 35 L3 H2 HDi 130s, and a Nemo 1.3 HDi Stop & Start.

Vela's maintenance teams will use the Citroën vans to provide a 24-hour service to customers across its 17,000 properties in Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool.

All the vans have been supplied ply-lined and have been specified with passenger airbags, full steel bulkheads, reversing warning systems and parking sensors.

Eighty of the vehicles are also fitted with roof bars or tilt and slide ladder racks, and one of the Relays has been equipped with an external glazing rack.

All of the vehicles have also been fitted with Teletrac satellite tracking to minimise response times and to help Vela meet its commitment to health and safety and the environment.

"We went through a rigorous selection and procurement process, which included user groups made up of trades operatives, managers and supervisors, to evaluate the options offered by the leading vehicle manufacturers," states Mike Kay, group director of property services at Vela.

"The decision to go with Citroën was based on a comprehensive assessment of suitability, vehicle data, ergonomics and cost," he says.

John Challen

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