One of Britain’s leading home improvement companies is keeping its own house in order – by replacing all 650 of its vans with fuel-efficient, Euro 5 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
Best known for its hugely successful range of uPVC windows, doors and conservatories, Anglian Home Improvements has long experience of Britain’s fleet favourite, as most of its established vehicles wear three-pointed stars.
Anglian did acquire a batch of 90 vans from another manufacturer on a lease deal a couple of years ago. But now, with business levels growing encouragingly, the company has resolved to once again become an all-Mercedes-Benz operation.
Anglian’s UK headquarters are in Norwich and its new vans will be entering service via city dealer Orwell Truck & Van over the next two years. Racked to Anglian’s own design to carry tools and access equipment, as well as the product to be installed at customers’ homes, the vans can also be fitted with removable frails for transporting large sheets of glass.
All are Euro 5 Sprinter 313CDIs with high roofs; most will be of Medium length although the operator has also ordered several Long models. The 129hp Sprinter 313CDI is 15 per cent more fuel efficient than its Euro 4 predecessor, this equating to an extra 4.5 miles per gallon. CO2 emissions, meanwhile, are down by 13 per cent.
In another ‘back to the future’ move, Anglian is reverting from its previous leasing arrangement to outright ownership, and is purchasing its new Sprinter fleet with support from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
Anglian Group Fleet Manager Mick Shepherd confirmed: "Although our vans don’t cover huge mileages we will run these new ones for six years or more, so durability is going to be crucial. We know Mercedes-Benz vehicles can stand the test of time; indeed, we have a few Sprinters which are nearly 10 years old and are still going strong."
Despite this previous, positive experience, Anglian’s procurement team invited several manufacturers to tender for the new fleet, with a host of factors including vehicle size, payload, and fuel consumption all being taken into account.
Like its Vito sibling, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter boasts a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features, including the remarkable Adaptive ESP® anti-skid system which takes account of a vehicle’s changing load status and adjusts its settings accordingly.
"When it came to whole-life costs the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter emerged as the clear winner," continued Mr Shepherd. "The all-important back-up from the Mercedes-Benz dealer network is first class and we also receive excellent service from the manufacturer’s Key Account Manager Michael Watts and Orwell’s Van Sales Manager James Russell."
And he added: "Anglian’s home improvement products and Mercedes-Benz vehicles have similar brand values. Both are at the forefront in terms of quality, reliability and service, and both represent the best option for those taking the long-term view."
Established in 1966, Anglian Home Improvements designs, manufactures and installs windows, doors, conservatories, garage doors and roof trim products, and has a network of depots throughout England, Scotland and Wales.