New Actros beats others on whole life costs, says Yearsley 19 February 2013

Frozen food distributor Yearsley Logistics has bought 30 more Mercedes-Benz New Actros tractor units, after its whole-life cost calculations put the trucks ahead of other competing brands.

The New Actros 2545 StreamSpace tractor units were supplied by Trafford Park dealer Enza, with some replacing older vehicles, the remainder representing expansion of the total fleet size.

Although these are the operator's first New Actros models, Mercedes-Benz has been steadily increasing its share of the fleet since 2007, when Yearsley Logistics' first original Actros went on the road.

"We've been very happy with the reliability of our previous Actros trucks and, with the quality of back-up we've received from Enza and Mercedes-Benz," says operations director Mark Haslam.

"Those two factors have combined to give the vehicles a very high percentage uptime," he adds.

Haslam explains that Yearsley operated a demonstration tractor unit for six months to assess the fuel efficiency and fitness-for-purpose of New Actros trucks, and to help select the correct engine rating and cab specification.

"The demonstrator returned some excellent mpg figures, so we have every confidence that our New Actros will build on the firm foundations," states Haslam.

"If our calculations are correct, the new trucks' combination of fuel-efficiency, reliability and strong residual values will combine to give us a highly competitive whole-life cost," he says.

Meanwhile, Yearsley Logistics has also added more than 300 refrigerated trailers to its fleet. The new arrivals include five double-deck trailers with aerodynamic roof profiles, supplied by Gray & Adams.

John Challen

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