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Tesco takes first Mercedes-Benz Axors in Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Tesco stores in Northern Ireland have received the retailer’s first new Mercedes-Benz tractor units to enter service in the province.

The eight 4×2 Axor 1840s are replacements working alongside the 37 other tractor units and half a dozen fridge-bodied rigids that, together with 115 trailers, constitute Tesco’s Northern Ireland fleet.

The line-up includes a number of other Mercedes-Benz vehicles but all of these are on standard UK registration plates, having previously operated on the mainland.

Axor 1840s powered by 400hp engines dominate Tesco’s fleet – this year it has ordered 538 new units and it now operates 1,800.

Axor 1840s powered by 400hp engines dominate Tesco's fleet - this year it has ordered 538 new units and it now operates 1,800

“We know how well the Axor performs,” says Nigel Baranowski, who leads Tesco’s Engineering Support Department.  “Our experience over the nine years since its introduction has confirmed the Mercedes-Benz Axor to be exceptionally reliable and highly fuel-efficient.

“But it’s not just about ‘the metal’, as we’re looking for a complete package in Northern Ireland.  So we will now be monitoring closely the performance of Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI) to see whether it can deliver the very high quality of back-up that we expect.”