Volkswagen commercial vehicles ignites new contract with British Gas
By Kyle Linsay
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 13:00
The nation’s leading energy supplier, British Gas, has once again turned to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to renew its fleet, as part of the company’s planned vehicle replacement programme. The new three year contract will see the energy company become one of the first fleets in the UK to take delivery of Volkswagen’s new Caddy 4 model.
Over 8,000 Caddy Maxi vans will take to the roads in the iconic British Gas livery, comprising this year over 1,000 new Caddy 4 models. Compact yet remarkably capable, the Caddy Maxi’s fantastic drivability and ample load carrying capacity ensured it remained the number one choice for British Gas.
British Gas helps to keep the nation’s homes stay warm, working and safe, and the service provider wanted a manufacturer that could match its reliability. With city-friendly dimensions and a car-like drive, the most compact vehicle in the Volkswagen range was the ideal choice for British Gas engineers. The common-rail diesel engine of the Caddy Maxi will also help reduce the carbon footprint of the business due to its low CO2 emissions.
The new three year deal was awarded to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles thanks to the quality of vehicles and aftersales support already received by British Gas, which currently runs 8,500 Caddy models. With a sizeable, well-used fleet, whole life costs were essential to securing the new contract.
Converted to British Gas specification by Bri-stor, the fleet will be supported in the long term by Volkswagen’s extensive aftersales program. Engineers will be able to access any of the 71 Volkswagen Van Centres across the country for regular servicing to help reduce vehicle downtime, and ensure the business continues to run smoothly.
Colin Marriott, Fleet Manager at British Gas, commented: “In order to provide a fantastic service to our customers, we depend on our fleet to travel the length and breadth of the country. It was the reliability of Volkswagen’s engineering and aftercare support that was once again a key factor when it came to renewing the fleet, and we look forward to taking delivery of the vehicles.”
Chris Black, Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, commented: “Securing a new three year deal with British Gas is a great success, and testament to the quality of the Caddy model and excellent service provided by the Volkswagen Van Centre network.
“British Gas will be one of the first fleets in the UK to take delivery of the new Caddy 4. We continue to work extremely closely with the team from British Gas and were extremely pleased that representatives from the company were able to visit the factory recently to see the first of their Caddy 4 models roll off the line, painted in their distinctive blue colour.”