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Groupe Cat drives forward with 60 Scania car transporters

Automotive logistics giant Groupe CAT is renewing its fleet with an investment of 60 car transporters.
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Supplied by local dealer, TruckEast, the order consists of 57 420 P low-roof rigids and three 420 G 4x2 highline tractor units. Each truck is powered by a 13-litre Super engine and all-new driveline. Generating a peak torque of 2,300Nm for the P cabs and 2,500Nm for the G, all trucks feature the latest powertrain, including the lighter R756 single reduction rear axle, partnered with a two-pedal Opticruise G25 gearbox.

The first 16 have already entered service, with the P cabs equipped with short-low rigid drawbar 11-car transporters. The bodies, supplied by both Rolfo and Transporter Engineering, have been built to Groupe CAT’s own design with load flexibility in mind.

Joining CVT’s 150-strong fleet, the trucks will support all major automotive manufacturers in the UK, delivering cars the length and breadth of the country.

“Quite simply, it’s the best truck for our operation and has been for a long time. Its reliability, comfort and overall suitability have yet to be matched. And arguably, more importantly, we’ve always had the aftersales support,” said Groupe CAT UK’s managing director Steve Reynolds.

“Uptime is vital for our fleet. It’s not a simple matter of dropping a unit and putting another underneath, the trucks must be reliable and with the back-up there when we need it,” he continued.

 With an estimated 110,000km a year, the trucks will operate on a combination of networking and trunking, with some drivers stopping out three nights a week. The working environment is therefore an important factor when choosing the specification.

 “Although we require the low flat roof for our rigids, we choose the sleeper cab, which not only offers more space, but it is extremely comfortable. Scania have always had a great environment for the drivers, and they’ll see this even more so coming out of the models that these trucks are replacing,” stated Reynolds.

Replacing existing older models, the latest assets bring a new environment for Groupe CAT’s drivers.

According to TruckEast, they will benefit from all the advances in the current model such as increased visibility, due to the seating position and lower side windows and maximised comfort from the cabs design.

 The vehicles are backed by a seven-year R&M package, centrally managed by TruckEast but maintained throughout the UK network of 84 branches.

 “Our operation runs UK-wide, so the breadth of Scania’s aftersales network has always been important. No matter where our trucks are in the UK we know there is a branch nearby,” concluded Steve Reynolds.

 The remaining trucks are scheduled for delivery throughout 2024 and early part of 2025 with the latter half of the order featuring Scania’s new Smart Dash and digital eco-system.

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