Fowler Welch takes delivery of 21 new fifth-generation Actros
The growing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Trucks ‘came of age’ in December when Fowler Welch took delivery of 21 tractor units from the award-winning Actros range.
Fowler Welch initiated and worked closely with Mercedes-Benz Trucks and the dealer on a painstakingly thorough ‘pre-life’ programme to ensure that everything was in place before the trucks arrived. This covered everything from driver training and the familiarisation for team members with key personnel and the aftersales support available from the new service provider, to arrangements for regular performance reviews and the manufacturer’s ‘road map’ for further advances in technology.
The latest Mercedes-Benz tractors were supplied by Dealer Sparshatt Truck & Van and are in operation from Fowler Welch’s chilled facility in Teynham, Kent. Like the units which joined the fleet in 2018, all are Actros 2545 models, but the new intake are from the fifth-generation Actros range which granted Mercedes-Benz a record ninth ‘International Truck of the Year’ title in November.
Fowler Welch Head of Fleet Strategy, Maurizio Romano commented;
“The evaluation outputs on the Actros we trialled earlier in the year were certainly favourable. Fuel-efficient trucks are vital, not only because of the contribution they make to our ‘bottom line’, but also because one of Fowler Welch’s core objectives is to do anything possible to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Some of the new features include MirrorCam, which replaces conventional mirrors and promises increased safety as well as reductions in diesel consumption thanks to the compact, streamlined profile of the camera housings.
The sate-of-the-art Multimedia Cockpit and enhanced version of the Predictive Powertrain Control System makes a more substantial contribution to economy while also ensuring that life at the wheel is easier for drivers.
Mr Romano remarked;
“Driver engagement and operational feedback were very important factors in the decision making process. We don’t underestimate the impact on drivers and local teams of asking them to change from one make of truck to another, so it was important that their views were also considered.”
“Long-term partnerships are what Fowler Welch is all about and I’d like to think we’re now building one with Mercedes-Benz.”