Leeds,UK: Asda has acquired 253 trucks from Scania which are going into the company’s chilled and petroleum distribution fleets.
“Scania won the business in the face of strong competition, with fuel performance and aftersales care being key factors underpinning our decision,” said Peter Hey, Asda’s procurement manager – national fleet.
“We have also enjoyed a long relationship with Scania – 23 years and counting – and the service they provide around the country, coordinating and providing a wide range of services supporting our cost effectiveness and our O licence compliance, is incredibly important to our business. This gives us peace of mind so we can concentrate on our core business; delivering the goods and serving our customers well.”
The bulk of the order comprises Scania G-series sleeper cab models featuring the 410 horsepower Euro 6 SCR-only engine.
The Asda base fleet has taken 93 of the G 410 LA6x2/2MNA mid-lift tractor units, and 68 of the G 410 LA4x2MNA tractor units. These vehicles will be based at Asda’s distribution centres.
The chilled distribution operation operated by NFT on behalf of Asda has taken delivery of 17 of the G 410 LA6x2/2MNA mid-lift tractor units, together with 38 of the G 410 LA4x2MNA tractor units. These vehicles operate nationally.
The remaining 37 vehicles are P 450 LA6x2/2MNA lightweight sleeper cab tractor units which are going into petroleum distribution fleet. These will be operated nationally by DHL on behalf of Asda.
All trucks in the order will be maintained by Scania dealers, that also provides service for Asda’s trailer fleet, excluding those operated by NFT.