First Euro VI Mercedes-Benz Actros deliver savings

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ACTROS: Praise from Industry

One of Britain’s biggest vegetable growers has hailed the flying start made by its first Euro VI trucks, 15 Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units.

Supplied by local Dealer, Intercounty Truck & Van, all are Actros 2545 models with flat-floored BigSpace cabs, 330 kW (449 hp) straight-six engines, and Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.

Staples’ trucks deliver produce from the Lincolnshire fields to supermarket RDCs and wholesalers nationwide, as well as venturing occasionally onto the Continent.

Dave Baker, Transport Manager at Staples Vegetables, of Boston, Lincolnshire, said: “They were returning 9.7 mpg straight out of the box, which was brilliant, and after a bit of driver training they’re already into the 10s.

“I’m really happy with our latest Mercedes-Benz trucks and more importantly, so is my boss!”

Staples is purchasing its Euro VI vehicles with funding support from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

Like those already on the road, the next batch of vehicles will be the subject of six-year Mercedes-Benz Repair and Maintenance contracts, over the course of which each unit is expected to cover approximately one million kilometres.

Underlining the company’s commitment to operational efficiency, its Euro VI Actros spend much of their time pulling new, maximum-length, 15.65m temperature-controlled trailers, which are capable of carrying 30 pallets.

Mr Baker added: “These latest 21 trucks and the 14 long trailers we’ve purchased from Gray & Adams represent a combined investment of nearly £2.4 million for our business, which we’re confident will prove to be money well spent.”

“Our 63-plated Actros are coming into their prime now and averaging a very satisfactory 10 mpg, while frequently hitting the 11s.

“But given the great start they’ve made, we’re optimistic that once our first Euro VI units have bedded in they’ll soon be doing even better.”

“I cannot speak highly enough of Intercounty Truck & Van.

“Their Sales Executive, Dave Mitcham, arranged driver training for us, which was delivered by their dedicated CPC driver-trainer – he is very helpful and easy to work with, as are the dealer’s Boston Depot Manager Paul Slater and his team – they’re all decent people and provide a level of service which, in my experience, is second to none.”

Another two Actros are due to enter service in September, with four more taking to the road in the autumn.

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