City Link standardises on Eurocargo for 7.5 tonners 09 July 2010

Having evaluated a range of commercial vehicles, express delivery firm City Link says it has selected the Iveco Eurocargo for all 7.5 tonne operations.

Mark Johnson, UK national fleet manager for City Link parent firm Rentokil Initial, explains: "Our 7.5 tonne fleet comprises a mix of vehicle marques and we felt there was an opportunity to further enhance our productivity by standardising on the vehicle we believe is best suited to the role.

"We chose the Eurocargo for its healthy payload capacity and strong reputation for excellent reliability. A number of the other models we looked at were either uncompetitive on payload or not robust enough for the demands of multi-drop work in congested city centres," he adds.

Johnson also indicates that the Eurocargo's automated EuroTronic transmission, standard on all 4x2s, was another factor – not just for comfortable stop-start urban driving, but also in terms of preventing over-revving and so prolonging engine life.

The Eurocargo's 52 degree steering angle also ensures manoeuvrability, while its 2.2m wide cab and unobtrusive centre console and engine tunnel enable drivers to move about without having to climb over obstacles.

City Link's 200-strong 7.5 tonne fleet of box body and curtainside vehicles are used primarily for urban distribution and are operated by a network of owner-drivers and contractors.

Among the first fleets to operate a new Eurocargo in City Link colours is Southampton-based Abacus Logistics, which has taken delivery of three Eurocargo 75E16s from Iveco dealer Hendy Van & Truck. The new fleet comprises one box bodied rigid and two curtainsiders, each powered by the 3.92 litre Tector EEV (enhanced environmentally friendly) engine, capable of producing 160hp at 2,700 rev/min and up to 530Nm of torque between 1,200 and 2,100 rev/min).

Brian Tinham

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