Ten years of reliable and cost-effective performance from its previous Mercedes-Benz Sprinters led Cheshire-based IP Fork Trucks back to Stoke-on-Trent dealer Enza for its latest new vans.
Both are Medium-length, high-roof 313CDI BlueEFFICIENCY models, incorporating a host of standard features designed to boost fuel efficiency and thereby reduce exhaust emissions.
Among these is ECO-Start, the innovative system which cuts the engine whenever a vehicle is stationary – for example, in heavy traffic – then automatically re-starts it when the driver is ready to move off and depresses the clutch. Others include low rolling resistance tyres, and efficiency improvements to items like the power steering system, fuel pump and battery management.
The two new vans are the subject of a CharterWay contract hire arrangement from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
Mark Isherwood, Managing Director of Sandbach-based IP Fork Trucks, said: "Since buying our first Sprinter a decade ago we’ve tried several other makes and models, but none has come close to the Mercedes-Benz in terms of reliability.
"We supply fork trucks and plant equipment to customers over much of the country, so our mobile service engineers rack up a lot of miles. It’s vital, therefore, that their vans are dependable.
"We also need to know that we have a safety net in the unlikely event of anything going wrong. Enza and its fellow dealers in the Mercedes-Benz network provide top-quality back-up."
He continued: "The Sprinter is also the safest and most comfortable vehicle in its class, which is another important feature, as well as being smart and stylish – the Mercedes-Benz brand portrays a professional image which accurately reflects the high levels of customer service that we provide."