Two are 3.5-tonne Sprinters – a 319 CDI panel van and a 316 CDI chassis cab with Ingimex dropside body, one is a mid-sized Vito 116 CDI van, and the remaining two are small Citan 109 CDIs – a van and a Dualiner model with a second row of seats.
The new vans replace the operator’s previous batch of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which it has stood down after five years’ service. All work across the UK, on a variety of commercial refurbishment and building maintenance contracts.
‘These are tough vans and experience has proved they can be trusted to stand up to hard work – we tend to make full use of their load-carrying capacities and send them on some long journeys, but they’ve never let us down,’ commented managing director, Simon Taylor.
‘The flexible support from MBCV Ayr has been superb too,’ he continued. ‘When routine maintenance is required the dealer will collect the van at the end of the day, service it outside our working hours and then bring it back the next morning ready to start work again. Its workshop team understand our business and always go the extra mile to keep our vans where we need them – out on the road.’
The Citans are Simon Taylor Group’s first from the range that marks the manufacturer’s entry into the small van market.
‘We were delighted to be able to buy a van from Mercedes-Benz that give us all the quality we’ve come to rely on, in a more compact and economical package,’ Taylor added. ‘For smaller jobs, or running around between sites, the Citans are very practical and we’re seeing a significant reduction in fuel consumption.’