The company’s new vehicle was supplied by dealer Mertrux, and is one of the first Sport variants from the latest, mid-sized Vito range to hit the road.
A 116 BlueTEC model, it is powered by a 2.1-litre, twin-turbo diesel that offers 163hp performance with 47.1mpg combined cycle economy.
“All the client sees when we are on site is our staff and our vehicle, so we can’t turn up in a battered old van,” said managing director Simon Heaps. “It is essential that we present ourselves in a professional manner, because this reassures customers about the quality of our service and workmanship.”
The Vito Sport joins two Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
“We bought our first vehicle from Mertrux about 12 years ago and have never looked back,” said Simon Heaps. “We’re not pounding the motorways every day, because our staff tend to be on site for two to three weeks at a time and just come home at weekends. Our Mercedes-Benz vans have always been economical to run and outstandingly reliable – time off the road costs us money, so this is crucial.”
The company uses its Sprinters to transport equipment and materials, as well as personnel but said the Vito Sport is a useful addition to the fleet.
Heaps added: “Some job locations have limited height access, so its lower roof means the Vito can reach places the Sprinter cannot.
“It also makes sense to send out a smaller vehicle to survey sites, or for those maintenance jobs that don’t require heavy tools. The Vito Sport is already proving very useful as a ‘cover all’ vehicle, with the added bonus that it also looks great.”
Future Display is also using funding from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services to acquire its new van, and has signed-up to a flexible Service Care plan that covers all labour costs and parts required for scheduled servicing.