Bibby in UCIm spend with Mercedes-Benz
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By Steve Hobson
BIBBY DISTRIBUTION has placed what is believed to be the largest single order for Euro-6 trucks, with more than 150 Mercedes-Benz's to be delivered until 2015.
The deal is part of a £20m fleet expansion programme that will also see the arrival of 25 Euro-5 new Actros units — the first Mercedes trucks to join Bibby's fleet — and 22 18-tonne rigids. The Euro-6 fleet will then start to enter service, with 53 — mainly artics — arriving this year and 100 in 2015. Bibby has also ordered 35 SDC trailers, including 19 tandem-axle 10m urban trailers and 16 tri-axle 13.7m models, and 13 Don-Bur
lifting-deck double-deck trailers. Bibby Distribution chief executive lain Speak said the new vehicles were part of its fleet renewal policy to replace high-mileage vehicles every two years and to cope with
expansion after winning a number of contracts. "We are back on track and continuing to
expand," Speak said. The company opted for Mercedes Euro-6 trucks after assessing the options. "Being among the first to introduce a fleet of Euro-6 trucks is a natural next step for our business;
we see no reason to delay," said Speak. "We've consulted with other operators running Mercedes products and we liked what we heard. Our engineering team has made detailed reliability and fuel performance comparisons with our existing vehicles and we're confident the new Antos and Actros
units will prove to be strong assets for us."