Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in the frame for windows giant 08 November 2011

Anglian Home Improvements is keeping its house in order by replacing all 650 of its vans with fuel-efficient, Euro 5 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.

Anglian did acquire a batch of 90 vans from another manufacturer on a lease deal a couple of years ago. However, with business growing, the company has moved back to become an all-Mercedes-Benz operation.

Anglian's UK HQ is in Norwich and its new vans will be entering service via city dealer Orwell Truck & Van over the next two years.

Racked to Anglian's own design to carry tools and access equipment, as well as the windows for installation, the vans can also be fitted with removable frails for transporting large sheets of glass.

All are Euro 5 Sprinter 313CDIs with high roofs; most will be of medium length, although the operator has also ordered several long models. The 129bhp Sprinter 313CDI is 15% more fuel efficient than its Euro 4 predecessor, equating to an extra 4.5 miles per gallon. CO2 emissions, meanwhile, are down by 13%.

"Although our vans don't cover huge mileages, we will run these new ones for six years or more, so durability is going to be crucial," comments Anglian Group fleet manager Mick Shepherd.

"We know Mercedes-Benz vehicles can stand the test of time; indeed, we have a few Sprinters that are nearly 10 years old and are still going strong," he adds.

John Challen

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