German maker offers cost system
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• A system of operational cost comparisons has been introduced by Hanomag-Henschel, the German commercial vehicle manufacturer formed from a combination of two Rheinstahl divisions and now a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz. The service, available to all commercial vehicle operators and not just Hanomag-Henschel users, provides a computerized comparison or the operator's costs with an average yardstick,
The system is called A KUBIN, which is an abbreviation of the German for "general costs and operational comparison in the commercial vehicle field". It offers a monthly review at a fee of DM5 per vehicle, which excludes trailers in the case of artics and drawbar combinations. There is no initial fee; the operator applies for a data sheet on which he enters vehicle make, type, price, mileage, fuel and lubrication costs, other running costs and basic data about the capital investment in the vehicle. The computer classifies all the costs, compares them with an average and shows each item of cost as an amount per mile as well.
Hanomag-Henschel also provides an advisory service, by which specialists will visit an operator to help him instal the system and interpret it usefully.