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									                                                                         Issue 9 Winter 2007/08




Intercounty Truck & Van
Commercial vehicle news from Mercedes-Benz




   Winning double
   Axor and Sprinter take fleet honours
   in latest Motor Transport Awards




 First drawbar rig is   Rental firm Otis opts   Fuel-efficient Actros
 music to Butler’s ears for BlueTec® Euro 5     get Bretts’ vote again
 Intercounty Truck & Van
  Mercedes-Benz




                                  Welcome
                                                       In this edition we      At launch in 2002 the Axor was
                                                       report on the        heralded by one commercial vehicle
                                                       imminent opening     journalist as “the simple fleet tractor
                                                       of our new service   unit you thought Mercedes-Benz
                                                       centre on the M1     would never build”.
                                                       at Toddington,          Mercedes-Benz has responded to
                                                       close to Junction    the demands of the market with a
                                                       12 of the M1.        series of design improvements,
                                     This exciting development              including the introduction in 2005 of
                                  represents a major investment by          a new cab range, that have added
                                  Intercounty but we are very confident     sophistication to the original truck.
                                  that it will prove to be money well          Inside, we report on the latest
                                  spent. Many Mercedes commercial           milestones in the history of this
                                  vehicles are already operating in and     ground-breaking vehicle: its success
                                  around the Luton and Dunstable            in winning another major award and
                                  conurbation, but the potential for        the introduction to the Axor range of
INTERCOUNTY                       further growth is enormous.               the superb Mercedes PowerShift
TRUCK & VAN LTD                      What has held the brand back in        automated transmission.
                                  the past has been the absence of
Wellingborough                    truly local dealer support; in fact, in
Stewarts Road,                    terms of after sales back-up this area
Finedon Road Industrial Estate,   has been something of a ‘black hole’
Wellingborough,                   for Mercedes-Benz.
Northamptonshire NN8 4TR             Our new service centre will solve      Steve Hunt
Tel: 01933 232600                 this problem at a stroke.                 Dealer Principal
Fax: 01933 232601
Sales fax: 01933 232625
Service fax: 01933 232631
                                  Contents
Milton Keynes                     5                             16                             18
8 Fingle Drive, Stonebridge,
Milton Keynes
MK13 0AY
Tel: 01908 228200
Sales fax: 01908 228201
Service fax: 01908 228202
                                  4 Intercounty gears up with M1            10 generic
Peterborough                        opening
Broadway Business Park,                                                     12 generic
Broadway, Yaxley,                 5 Fencing firm’s flexible friend          14 generic
Peterborough PE7 3EN                  6 Brian takes the sales helm          16 Jungheinrich raises its game
Tel: 01733 246419                                    8   New Actros         17 Otis invests in Euro 5 Actros
Sales fax: 01733 246462                                  drawbar rig is
Service fax: 01733 244734                                music to           18 Atego makes F1 coverage a
                                                         Butler’s ears         racing certainty
www.intercounty.org.uk                                                      19 Mansell’s latest winner
                                                               6            20 Bretts chooses Actros again
e-mail: info@intercounty.org.uk
 Intercounty Truck & Van                                                                                                                                                                                   Intercounty Truck & Van 
  Mercedes-Benz                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mercedes-Benz


The future has never looked so
bright for Mercedes commercial
vehicle operators using the
busy M1 corridor through
                                                                                                                   Fencing firm’s flexible friend
Bedfordshire, where a new
                                                                                                                   The added flexibility offered by its new 26-tonne Mercedes
service centre is to open soon.
                                                                                                                   Actros with truck-mounted Moffett Mounty fork-lift is like having
                                                                                                                   “an extra couple of men on site”, according to Pembury Group
   Intercounty Truck & Van is                                                                                      Managing Director Cameron Glanville.
investing some £??? in the facility,
which is located a stone’s throw                                                                                      The 6x2 Actros 2532L boasts a      Mercedes 7.5-tonner; prior to its
from Junction 12 of the motorway                                                                                   new Mercedes PowerShift 12-           arrival the company relied on third-
at Toddington.                                                                                                     speed automated transmission. It      party hauliers to undertake its
   Previously used by leading truck                                                                                was supplied by Intercounty Truck     bigger deliveries.
trailer manufacturer Montracon –                                                                                   & Van, Wellingborough, and has a         “We did a lot of investigation
which, like Intercounty Truck &          Work in progress... Jason King,                                           dropside body by GMI Bodies of        and seriously considered products        “Delighted”...driver Mark Watts
Van, is part of the privately-owned      left, and Dealer Principal Steve                                          Broughton Astley, Leicester.          from two rival truck manufacturers
Ballyvesey Holdings Group – the          Hunt at the Toddington facility                                              The Pembury Group is based in      before choosing the Actros,” says
30,000sq ft building is being                                                                                      Wyboston, Bedfordshire, and for       Mr Glanville. “We were initially a     installs at locations nationwide, but
refurbished and fitted out in line                                                                                 more than 50 years has supplied       bit worried about the Euro 4           predominantly in the south-east.
with the latest Mercedes-Benz
corporate standards.
   At its heart will be a seven-bay
                                       Intercounty gears up                                                        fencing for railways, road
                                                                                                                   developments, housing and other
                                                                                                                   development projects.
                                                                                                                                                         Mercedes’ requirement for AdBlue
                                                                                                                                                         but further examination put our
                                                                                                                                                         fears to rest. Overall, we felt the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mr Glanville continues: “Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                driver Mark Watts is delighted with
                                                                                                                                                                                                his new truck and particularly likes
workshop with adjacent parts
department that will be open from
6am until 7pm, five days a week
                                       with M1 openings                                                               The company’s range includes
                                                                                                                   high and medium security fencing,
                                                                                                                   and acoustic fencing, which
                                                                                                                                                         Actros represented the best value
                                                                                                                                                         for money and we certainly haven’t
                                                                                                                                                         regretted our decision.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                the PowerShift auto transmission,
                                                                                                                                                                                                which makes his life a lot easier
                                                                                                                                                                                                when he’s driving on congested
(Saturdays?). The centre will also        In addition to truck and van       Regional Distribution Centre. The     reduces noise pollution, as well as      The Actros carries all of the       streets in and around London.
serve as a base for Intercounty’s      repair and maintenance, and parts     new vehicle maintenance unit is       automated gates and vehicle           structural steelwork, balconies,          “The Moffett fork-lift is also a
Mercedes-Benz Service 24h              supply, Intercounty’s Toddington      maintaining 50 tractor units – all    barriers.                             balustrades and the like, that         real boon – it’s like having a couple
technicians, who provide round-        team will support EvoBus coaches      but five of them Mercedes – and          Its new Actros replaces a non-     Pembury Fencing delivers and           of extra men on site.”
the-clock roadside rescue and          and buses, and offer vehicle          more than 100 trailers that work in                                                                                www.pemburyfencing.co.uk
recovery support, 365 days a year.     valeting, ply-lining and MoT          the supermarket giant’s colours.
   Its opening – planned for           preparation, as well as telephone,    However, the dealership team are
January 1st – will create eight new    satellite navigation and other        also undertaking third-party work
jobs, rising to 11 by June. Leading    accessory fitment services.           for other Mercedes customers.
the team is Jason King, who                                                     Ian Jones, Mercedes-Benz
worked previously for Intercounty         “The response... to the            Commercial Vehicles Managing
Truck & Van, and now returns as           news that ‘Intercounty             Director, adds: “Between them our
Toddington Depot Manager.                                                    franchised partners have invested
                                          is coming to town’ has
   Jason’s association with                                                  more than £100 million in new and
Mercedes-Benz commercial                  been very encouraging”             improved facilities over recent
vehicles goes back 16 years. He                                              years, and since it joined our UK
worked for the previous Mercedes                                             network in 2003 Intercounty Truck
franchisee in Peterborough then           Declares Jason: “The response      and Van has been at the forefront
joined Intercounty Truck & Van         from locally-based operators to the   of this strategy.
when it took on the territory in       news that ‘Intercounty is coming to      “By developing these two new
2003. His promotion to Workshop        town’ has been very encouraging.      facilities at key locations on the
Controller at Intercounty,             We can’t wait to get started!”        M1, Steve Hunt and his colleagues
Wellingborough, followed but in           Meanwhile, Intercounty has         are underlining once again our
2005 Jason left to run the after       opened a second facility at           determination to provide Mercedes
sales operation for another            Junction 15a of the M1, on the site   operators with the very highest
Mercedes dealer in Essex.              of Sainsbury’s Northampton            levels of customer service.”
 Intercounty Truck & Van                                                                                                                                                                                        Intercounty Truck & Van 
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Brian takes the sales helm                                                                                              Bedford builder Dick Gray
                                                                                                                        wanted a 7.5-tonne truck that
                                                                                                                        combined strength and
He’s Slack by name, but certainly not by nature.                                                                        durability with compact
Intercounty Truck & Van’s new Sales Director                                                                            dimensions and a competitive
Brian Slack joins the company with an impressive                                                                        payload – and found the answer
track record of success in the industry.                                                                                in the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter.
   Brian has spent the past two decades working for a                                                                      Mr Gray, whose company RP
Swedish truck manufacturer. He held various                                                                             Gray has been trading for more
management positions in sales, marketing and                                                                            than 25 years, is running a new
contracts and at one point was responsible for six                                                                      Canter 7C18 with range-topping
dealerships in London and the south-east, before                                                                        180hp engine and dropside body
eventually leaving as National Fleet Account Manager.                                                                   by GB Transport Engineering, of
   In his new role Brian is leading the truck and van                                                                   Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
sales teams across Intercounty’s three dealership                                                                          The truck arrived via Intercounty
sites. “I’ve known Steve Hunt (Intercounty’s Dealer                                                                     Truck & Van, Milton Keynes –
Principal) for five or six years and was keen to move                                                                   Mercedes-Benz dealers are
back out into a dealer network,” he says. “The retail                                                                   responsible for sales and servicing
business is faster moving and you’re meeting                   Welcome aboard...new Sales Director Brian Slack          of the popular Japanese light truck
customers on a day-to-day basis, which is something I                                                                   range in the UK. Like all Euro 4
enjoy. So when this opportunity arose I jumped at it.”
   He continues: “Intercounty has achieved fantastic
growth over the last couple of years, but there are still
                                                             facilities and contract maintenance solutions that
                                                             Intercounty can offer.
                                                                                                                        Canters, it came with a market-
                                                                                                                        leading three-year, unlimited
                                                                                                                        mileage warranty.
                                                                                                                                                                Gray’s Canter offers
huge opportunities here. The business had reached a
stage where step changes were needed to make further
progress and that’s why Steve has brought me in.”
                                                                Adds Brian: “I’ve inherited a first-class group of
                                                             sales specialists and have found the staff across the
                                                             entire business to be friendly and supportive, as well
                                                                                                                           RP Gray undertakes a range of
                                                                                                                        building projects for domestic and
                                                                                                                        commercial customers, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                best of both worlds
   Initially, Brian is concentrating on putting together a   as very customer-focused.                                  the local education authority,          Gray. “The Canter’s four-tonne-plus   just under a tonne.
strategic marketing campaign and introducing a new              “It’s also a good time to be joining Mercedes-Benz.     within a 10-mile radius of Bedford      payload allows me to carry two or         “I’m very pleased with the
‘prospecting’ system within the sales department.            The brand has always been synonymous with quality,         town centre.                            even three packs of bricks, which     truck,” he concludes. “With its
Members of his truck and van sales teams are also            reliability and durability but today’s vehicles are also      “I wanted a robust vehicle that      typically weigh between 1.25 and      strong, ladder-frame chassis it
being encouraged to place greater emphasis, when             more appealing than they’ve ever been to drivers, as       wasn’t too big but would carry as       1.5 tonnes apiece, or three packs     looks well-built and durable, which
talking to operators, on the first-class after sales         well as leading the industry on fuel economy.”             much weight as possible,” says Mr       of blocks, each of which weighs       is just as well because I’m planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to run it into the ground over a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      number of years.”
   The Plough sows seeds of success                                                                                     Nelson Mandela and champion
                                                                                                                        golfer Ernie Els, and runs the
                                                                                                                                                                  The Plough Wavendon has
                                                                                                                                                               won a loyal clientele so quickly
   A top restaurant is ensuring that          The Long-bodied nine-seater                                               business day-to-day.                   that its owners decided to lay
   its guests arrive in comfort and        arrived recently via Intercounty                                                The Plough Wavendon is the          on transport for guests. The
   style, with a little help from          Truck and Van and is the subject                                             brainchild of local businessmen        smart metallic silver Vito
   Intercounty Truck & Van.                of a three-year contract hire                                                Jonathan Todd and Howard               Traveliner boasts alloy wheels,
      The Plough Wavendon, near            deal with Exclusive Vehicle                                                  Bridgeman, who have                    tinted privacy glass, fully-
   Milton Keynes, opened in July           Contracts, of Ampthill.                 Grant Hawthorne...                   transformed the 16th Century           automatic air conditioning,
   and aims to win a coveted                  Head Chef Grant Hawthorne            “The Vito is very popular”           former coaching inn and old            leatherette upholstery and
   Michelin star for the quality of        says a luxurious vehicle bearing                                             bake house into an elegant             special Comfort seats.
   its food inside just 18 months.         the famous three-pointed star             “The Mercedes’ understated         restaurant, with garden                   “It’s the perfect blend of
      Its chauffeur-driven Mercedes        was the obvious choice for The         elegance matches our ethos at         courtyard for al fresco dining.        comfort, style and safety,” says
   Vito 109CDI Traveliner minibus          Plough Wavendon when it                The Plough, where the emphasis        The cuisine is described as            Grant, “and is proving very
   collects and returns diners living      launched its complimentary five-       is on fine dining,” says Grant,       “European with Mediterranean           popular with customers.”                 Building success with Canter...
   up to 10 miles away.                    star service.                          who has cooked for the likes of       influences”.                           www.theploughwavendon.com                Dick Gray and his new truck
 Intercounty Truck & Van                                                                                                                                                                                       Intercounty Truck & Van 
  Mercedes-Benz                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mercedes-Benz




New Actros drawbar rig is music to Butler’s ears
One of the UK’s leading piano distribution specialists has found the key to future                                  tip the scales at anything up to
success in the shape of a Mercedes Actros drawbar rigid and trailer combination.                                    400kg,” says Managing Director
                                                                                                                    Steve Butler. “But you have to bear
   Butler Piano Movers’ 4x2 Actros     house commercial vehicle financial    damaging to pianos. And roller         in mind that we’re pulling a lot of
1836 has a Long Distance sleeper       services and fleet management         shutter doors at both ends of the      fresh air, both inside the
cab with twin bunks, as all Butler     arm, Mercedes-Benz CharterWay.        trailer and on the rear of the prime   instruments, and between and
deliveries are undertaken by a two-       The RSG drawbar trailer, which     mover allow for walk-through           above them.”
man team of driver and porter.         is also bodied by Transport           loading and unloading – the truck’s       He chose the Actros after
   The company’s headquarters                                                                                       joining the dealer on a tour of the
and warehousing is in Sawtry, near        “People think of pianos as very heavy. But you have to                    Mercedes-Benz truck factory in
Peterborough, from where it offers        bear in mind that we’re pulling a lot of fresh air, both                  Wörth, Germany. “It’s an amazing
‘part load’ or personalised door-to-                                                                                operation and I was hugely
                                          inside the instruments, and between and above them”
door services with timed delivery                                                                                   impressed by the scale of the             It’s a family affair...husband and wife team Steve and Penny Butler
and collection. Its new Mercedes                                                                                    operation and investment in r&d.”
was supplied by the local branch of    Enterprises and equipped with a       tail-lift doubles as a ‘bridge’           Like the rival marque tractor
Intercounty Truck & Van.               tail-lift, is owned outright by the   between the two units.                 unit and trailer it has replaced, the      “It’s so much more versatile         occasional piano and very quickly
   Fitted with a GRP box body by       operator.                                The £89,000 rig is plated for       new 17.6 metre-long combination         than a conventional artic,”             earned a name for ourselves,” he
Transport Enterprises and a               An Eberspacher heating system      operation at a relatively modest       is capable of carrying up to 36         declares driver Pete Carter.            recalls. “Pianos are very delicate
1.5-tonne Ray Smith Group tail-lift,   guards against the significant        gross train weight of 28 tonnes.       pianos – 16 on the prime mover,         “There’s always a limit to the          and expensive instruments
the truck is the subject of a three-   fluctuations in temperature, and      “People think of pianos as very        20 on the trailer. But the drawbar      places you can reach with a tractor     requiring special handling. As word
year contract hire deal with in-       especially frost, that can be         heavy and certainly the grands can     rig is significantly more efficient.    and trailer. Now, though, if I need     got round, the demand from
                                                                                                                                                            to make a delivery where access is      retailers and owners grew steadily
                                                                                                                                                            restricted, I can leave the trailer     until, six years ago, we took the
                                                                                                                                                            behind at a service area or in a lay-   plunge and formed Butler Piano
                                                                                                                                                            by, then go back and get it later.      Movers.”
                                                                                                                                                               “Just last week I was delivering        The family firm – Steve’s wife
                                                                                                                                                            a piano for TV personality Myleene      Penny and father Mike are also
                                                                                                                                                            Klass, who was moving to a new          directors – was a success from day
                                                                                                                                                                                                    one. One of only three piano
                                                                                                                                                               “I wouldn’t have been                distribution specialists in Britain, it
                                                                                                                                                                                                    now transports up to 200 pianos
                                                                                                                                                               able to do that job with             every week, and numbers all three
                                                                                                                                                               my old truck, because I              of the UK’s major wholesalers
                                                                                                                                                               couldn’t have negotiated             among its customers.
                                                                                                                                                               the tight streets”                      Pianos can have great
                                                                                                                                                                                                    sentimental as well as financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                    value, and Butler’s vehicles all run
                                                                                                                                                            flat in London. I wouldn’t have         on full air suspension to protect
                                                                                                                                                            been able to do that job with my        their sensitive cargoes.
                                                                                                                                                            old truck, because I couldn’t have         Butler Piano Movers also runs
                                                                                                                                                            negotiated the tight streets. But       two mid-sized rigid trucks – one a
                                                                                                                                                            using the Actros alone, it was easy.”   12-tonne Mercedes Atego, bought
                                                                                                                                                               Steve Butler was running a           second-hand a couple of years ago
                                                                                                                                                            company that transported fine arts      – and a van for express deliveries.
                                                                                                                                                            and furniture to and from Jersey        But the flagship of the fleet is its
                                                                                                                                                            and Guernsey, when the chance to        new Mercedes-Benz Actros
                                                                                                                                                            service a new, niche market arose.      drawbar rigid and trailer.
                                                                                                                                                               “We started moving the               www.butlerpianomovers.co.uk
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 Jungheinrich raises its game
 Premier fork-lift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich UK is getting a lift of its own,
 from Intercounty Truck & Van and a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans.
    The German-owned firm will         to carry tools and spares by            support from the Mercedes-Benz
 have taken delivery of 62 Vitos and   specialist firm Bott, of Ashby-de-la-   dealer network.
 Sprinters by the end of 2007.         Zouch, Leicestershire.                     “The 24-hour repair and
    Jungheinrich UK is based in           Most are 2.7-tonne Vito 109CDI       maintenance service offered by
 Milton Keynes and employs a           Long models, although                   Mercedes truck and van agents
 network of specialist engineers       Jungheinrich is also taking four        means we can get our vehicles
 who maintain its fork-lifts and       high-roofed Sprinter 311CDI             serviced as and when we need,
 materials handling equipment          Mediums. The Vitos are used to          without incurring costly
 operating in warehouses and other     service and repair electrically-        downtime,” he explains.
 facilities throughout Britain.        powered fork-lifts, the Sprinters for      “Jungheinrich offers its own
    Its new vans are detailed as       larger, diesel-engined trucks.          customers round-the-clock                                             Kevan Brandrick...“Mercedes-Benz has a great brand image”
 mobile workshops and racked out          Jungheinrich runs more than          support, 365 days a year, and the
                                       300 commercial vehicles in the          fact that Mercedes-Benz is able to


                                                                                                                    Otis invests in Euro 5 Actros
                                       UK, the overwhelming majority of        provide us with a comparable level
                                       them vans. Well over half are now       of service is invaluable.”
                                       Mercedes and the remaining vans            Two years ago Jungheinrich’s
                                       will be replaced by vehicles            parent company signed a pan-         A high resale value is always a priority when Otis Vehicle Rentals invests in a new
                                       wearing the three-pointed star over     European, preferred supplier         truck or van – not least because when the time is right Managing Director Kevan
                                       the next two years.                     agreement with DaimlerChrysler       Brandrick sells them on through his own used vehicle sales operation.
                                          Jungheinrich Purchasing              Fleet Management Services which
                                       Manager Steve Clarke says quality       provides the firm with access to a       No surprise, then, that its fleet    Medium or Long bodies. Many of        premiums we’ve paid for the Euro
                                       and reliability are key attributes      competitively-priced, tailored       is dominated by Mercedes-Benz, a         these new vehicles were supplied      5 Actros over their Euro 4
                                       shared by the Vito and Sprinter,        contract hire package.               brand renowned for the strength of       by Intercounty Truck & Van.           equivalents,” says Mr Brandrick.
                                       along with outstanding after sales      www.jungheinrich.co.uk               its residual values.                        The Actros are powered by          “We’re staying ahead of the game
    Fully equipped...Jungheinrich’s                                                                                     Nor that its latest acquisitions     460hp BlueTec® SCR (Selective         with these low-emission vehicles
    vans are racked out by Bott                                                                                     include its first Euro 5 trucks, five    Catalytic Reduction) engines.         and when we come to move them
                                                                                                                    Actros tractor units with range-         Because they are also fitted with     on I expect them to command
                                                                                                                    topping MegaSpace cabs.                                                        particularly strong residual values.
                                                                                                                        Otis can trace its origins back to      “The VED savings                      “We are big enough to handle
                                                                                                                    the early 1970s but was acquired            mean it will only take             anything that’s thrown at us but
                                                                                                                    by Mr Brandrick in 1990. Although                                              still small enough to care,”
                                                                                                                    it also offers cars for hire the
                                                                                                                                                                us two years to recoup             continues Mr Brandrick.
                                                                                                                    company specialises in providing            the £1,000-per unit                   “Our customers know they can
                                                                                                                    commercial vehicles for spot rental         price premiums”                    always rely on us to provide them
                                                                                                                    and contract hire from its base in                                             with well presented, efficient and
                                                                                                                    Oldbury, West Midlands, to                                                     reliable vehicles, at competitive
                                                                                                                    operators nationwide.                    NOx sensors, these Euro 5 trucks      prices.
                                                                                                                        Otis is a long-standing customer     attract Reduced Pollution                “Mercedes-Benz has a great
                                                                                                                    of Mercedes-Benz and in the last         Certificates which bring £500         brand image and a very focused
                                                                                                                    three months has bought 10 6x2           annual savings in Vehicle Excise      dealer network – we have seen
                                                                                                                    Actros 2546 tractors, five 26-tonne      Duty for the life of each unit.       great improvements in the quality
                                                                                                                    Axor 2533 curtainsiders, and 40             “The VED savings mean it will      of the after sales back-up over the
                                                                                                                    Sprinter vans, most of them high-        only take us two years to recoup      last three or four years.”
                                                                                                                    roofed 311CDI models with                the £1,000-per unit price             www.otis4hire.co.uk
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 Atego makes F1 coverage                                                                                                                                         Mansell’s latest winner
 a racing certainty                                                                                                                                              A Northampton company that specialises in mobility and taxi
                                                                                                                                                                 conversions has launched an upmarket version of one of its
                                                                                                                                                                 popular Mercedes-based minibuses.
 Formula One fans in Britain will once again be able to follow
                                                                                                                                                                    Bernard Mansell Commercials       allows seats to be moved into
 McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s pursuit of Formula
                                                                                                                                                                 creates wheelchair-accessible        various positions or removed
 One World Championship glory next season – thanks to a very
                                                                                                                                                                 people carriers and minibuses,       altogether to make way for
 special truck that also sports the three-pointed star.
                                                                                                                                                                 regularly sourcing base vehicles     wheelchairs.
    The 7.5-tonne Mercedes Atego       meanwhile, is by Levscol, of                                                                                              bearing the three-pointed star          Most enter service as local
 824 was drafted into action mid-      Colchester, and packed full of the                                                                                        from Intercounty Truck & Van,        authority transport, school
 way through the last campaign by      latest, very expensive satellite                                                                                          Wellingborough.                      minibuses, taxis or private hire
 Milton Keynes-based SISLink,          broadcast technology.                                                                                                        Its latest Mercedes Sprinter-     vehicles.
 Europe’s largest provider of             Key to the vehicle’s success is its                                                                                    based 388Traveller Minibus
 satellite broadcast ‘uplinks’.        ‘dual path’ capability. This, in                                                                                          Executive comes with wider,             “Mercedes... are
    SISLink, which has a long track    layman’s terms, allows SISLink to                                                                                         more comfortable reclining              quality products,
 record of providing satellite         point its antennas in two different                                                                                       seats, and has been built to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         with very good after
 services from major sporting,         directions, so providing the                                                                                              order for a taxi firm in Abingdon,
 entertainment and news events for     guarantee against picture or sound                                                                                        near Oxford.                            sales back-up”
 many of the biggest names in the      loss considered vital for such a                                                                                             Each month Bernard Mansell
 broadcast industry, recently signed   major event.                                                                                                              Commercials takes delivery from
 a prestigious contract with ITV          Not only has ITV invested huge                                                                                         Mercedes-Benz factories of four         “We convert vehicles from
 Sport to support its Formula One      amounts of money in its F1                                                                                                or five Sprinter and Vito            other manufacturers but
 coverage for the next four years.     production, advertisers also pay a                                                                                        Traveliner minibuses in different    Mercedes are always a popular
    Supplied by Intercounty Truck &    great deal for slots during its                                                                                           body lengths and with various        choice,” says Director Steve
 Van, Milton Keynes, the Atego is      coverage. So any failure in the                                                                                           engine options.                      Ponting. “They are quality
 equipped with dual antennas and       satellite relay would have serious                                                                                           The company’s specialists         products with a very good after-
 dedicated to the task of relaying     consequences for the broadcaster.                                                                                         then set to work adapting the        sales back-up, while people also
 live pictures and commentary from        “We have placed great emphasis                                                                                         vehicles, with larger minibuses      like the prestige that comes with
 the eight European events on the      on ‘diversity’ because there are a                                                                                        often being fitted with a unique,    the Mercedes-Benz badge.”
 F1 calendar.                          number of difficulties that could                                                                                         eight-rail flooring system that      www.bernardmansell.com
    One of the most complex and        confront us – for example,
 highly specified uplink trucks ever   horizontal rain, which can interrupt
 built, it is powered by a 240hp       a signal – and we wanted to cover
 BlueTec® Euro 4 six-cylinder engine   every eventuality,” says SISLink         the truck also boasts duplicate           more Atego 7.5-tonners – in this
 and runs on weight-saving alloy       Sales Director Mark Shadbolt.            mains electricity facilities and an       case four-cylinder 822 models –
 wheels. Its impressive body,             Alongside the dual antennas,          onboard generator.                        while Intercounty’s Corporate
                                                                                   Of course, SISLink could               Sales team, who have been
                                                            Speed king...       achieve the same result by sending        working with SISLink for the last
                                                            ITV viewers         two smaller vehicles to each              three years, are also processing
                                                            will again be       venue. But not only does the Atego        orders for the latest seven Sprinter
                                                            able to follow      mean one driver and one fuel bill, it     515CDI Long vans.
                                                            Lewis               also requires only one parking               Says Mr Shadbolt. “We choose
                                                            Hamilton’s          space, an important consideration         Mercedes because they are
                                                            bid for F1          when such facilties at race venues        reliable and durable, the Europe-
                                                            glory, thanks       are at a premium.                         wide back-up is very good, and we
                                                            to SISLink’s           SISLink operates a Mercedes-           receive excellent service from           Mobility matters…that’s Bernard Mansell’s Director Steve Ponting
                                                            Atego               dominated fleet of 120 trucks and         Intercounty Truck & Van.”
                                                                                vans. It is currently fitting out three   www.sislink.co.uk
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Bretts chooses Actros again
 So impressed was family-owned Bretts Transport with the first Mercedes Actros it bought in
 2004, that it has just returned to Intercounty Truck & Van, Peterborough, for three more.

     The new 6x2 Actros 2546s have        new ones, and they certainly like      about the way things have gone so
 taken their places in a fleet of 70      the Mercedes’ big, flat-floored        far.”
 vehicles, all but five of them           MegaSpace cabs.”                          Bretts Transport’s latest Actros
 tractors, which is dominated by two         Mr Brett continues: “We wanted      are the subject of three-year
 Swedish marques.                         to add a third marque to the fleet     contract hire deals with in-house
     Bretts Transport is based in                                                commercial vehicle finance arm
 Guyhirn, near Wisbech,                       “Our first Actos...                Mercedes-Benz CharterWay. They
 Cambridgeshire, and offers a                                                    are on general haulage work, which
                                              returns 8.25mpg at 44
 comprehensive package of haulage,                                               takes them all over mainland UK.
 distribution and warehousing                 tonnes. This puts it                  The Brett family has worked at
 services.                                    right up there with the            Guyhirn since 1907. Originally
     Managing Director Simon Brett            best on the fleet”                 farmers, they embraced the
 says: “We’re very pleased with our                                              burgeoning era of the motor car,
 first Actros, which has proved                                                  building a service station and
 reliable and returns 8.25mpg at 44       and thought it was time put a bit of   moving into car repairs. The first
 tonnes. This puts it right up there      faith in our local Mercedes-Benz       truck was bought in the early
 with the best on the fleet.              dealer. Intercounty have some stiff    1930s and in 1933 Bretts Transport
     “It’s also very important to us to   competition in this area but we        was born.
 keep our drivers happy, and attract      certainly don’t have any complaints    www.brettstransport.co.uk

								
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