BOLSTER: Fowler Welch add Mercedes New Actros
Fowler Welch have obtained their first Mercedes-Benz trucks in years after securing a deal for four New Actros 2545 BigSpace units from Rossetts Commercials.
The Lincolnshire-based business, who run a mixed-marque fleet of 340 trucks, will operate the new Mercedes additions from their Portsmouth base.
From the Portsmouth location, the company deliver 32,000 loads per year to wholesale and retail customers.
The New Actros units are powered by 330kW straight-six engines driving through Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.
They are additionally equipped with Daimler FleetBoard telematics and Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) systems.
PPC employs 3D GPS mapping to read three kilometres of topography ahead then responds by controlling speed, braking and the transmission to maximise fuel efficiency.
Paul Allera, Head of Fleet at Fowler Welch, said: “We’d heard good reports about the New Actros and tried a couple of demonstrators at Euro V, which went well.
“Rossetts also impressed me with their determination to do business so despite the fact that it’s been many years since we last dealt with Mercedes-Benz, we decided to include New Actros in our latest evaluation programme.”
Fowler Welch are also assessing Euro VI products from four other premium manufacturers, against a range of criteria.
Foremost among these is fuel efficiency but aftersales support and ‘uptime’ are also being monitored closely.
“These are still early days but the New Actros are working well and clearly tick all the boxes,” added Mr Allera.
“Rossetts’ Dealer Principal Perry Reeves is very attentive and from the top down the customer focus in that dealership is brilliant – I can buy a truck from anywhere but I’ve already seen enough to know they offer that bit more, and can be relied on to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible service.”