Friday, January 13, 2017

Volvo and Mercedes Supply Road Haulage Operators in Canada and UK with Latest Truck Models

New Fuel Efficient Engines Making their Mark with Freight Interests
Shipping News Feature
CANADA – UK – News of how road haulage operators are enhancing their freight fleets on either side of the Atlantic for the New Year as Volvo Trucks North America recently handed over nineteen of its VNL 300 models to Ontario-based Purolator, marking the first Canadian delivery of trucks equipped with Volvo’s new 2017, D13 engines. The company claims this evolution of its proven predecessor has had several improvements made to it which enhance performance and fuel efficiency for users by an average of 2.5% on the previous model. Jeff Lester, senior vice president of sales for Volvo Trucks North America said:

“Our 2017 engines offer several engineering enhancements to deliver significant fuel savings. And we were able to do it without sacrificing power or performance, a win-win for our customers.”

One of Canada’s leading integrated freight and logistics solutions providers, Purolator currently operates a fleet of approximately 460 tractor units, of which more than half are Volvo models.

Meanwhile in the UK, Norwich-based FreightForce has commissioned six new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545 tractors. The choice to select the Actros was made after a demonstration unit supplied by East Anglian Dealer Orwell Truck & Van returned up to 13 mpg during trial usage. FreightForce Managing Director Nick Jolley said:

“Even when pulling a full 26 tonnes that truck was well into the 10s, which put it a good mile ahead of our 15-plate, Swedish-built trucks. Our fleet average is 8.5 mpg so an improvement of this magnitude will represent a very tidy saving indeed.”

As well as offering general haulage and groupage, FreightForce is a member of the Palletforce network and specialises in the handling and transportation of dangerous goods under ADR regulations, has a truck and trailer rental arm and runs its own driver training school. Mr Jolley continued:

“Following a recent restructure of the management team we were keen to send a signal to our drivers, which is that we value them highly and appreciate the ‘front line’ role they play in representing our company. One very good way of doing so was to reward them with the best vehicles in which to live and work. And that, we felt, meant the Actros BigSpace. We like to think that by spending a bit extra on these highly specified, comfortable, spacious and exceptionally safe new trucks, not only have we improved our chances of retaining existing staff, but we have also made the job of attracting new drivers that bit easier too.”