Millbrook Healthcare opts for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 01 May 2012

Millbrook Healthcare is making a major investment in Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans – buying 25 long-bodied 313CDIs from Pentagon Commercials.

And the Southampton-based company is already planning to return for more Mercedes vans before the end of the year.

The firm operates 123 vans from a network of depots located throughout south and central England. Its new Mercedes-Benz vehicles are based in Bedfordshire and Surrey.

Millbrook Healthcare acquired its first Sprinter, a Euro 4 311CDI model, three years ago, and ran it alongside its established supplier's vans for comparison purposes.

"That Sprinter hasn't missed a beat; we've not had a single issue," confirms contracts manager Gary Burnham. "What's more, the drivers have preferred it to our other vehicles, and it's been more economical on fuel too."

Having been impressed with the fuel efficiency of its original 311CDI, Millbrook Healthcare is hoping for bigger savings from the Euro 5 Sprinter van, which has superseded it.

As well as being cleaner – CO2 emissions are down by 13% – the latest Sprinter 313CDI claims to be 15% more economical, this improvement equating to an extra 4.5mpg.

John Challen

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