Samworth Brothers takes 48 more Mercedes-Benz Actros

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK: Samworth Brothers has acquired 48 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks.

The new trucks are all new-generation Actros supplied by Mertrux Truck & Van.

Most are Actros 2545 models with flat-floored StreamSpace cabs and 450hp in-line six-cylinder engines. Ten have the 460hp engine and 2.3m StreamSpace cabs, the narrower of the two widths available.

New technology fitted includes MirrorCam, which replaces conventional mirrors and Multimedia Cockpit, Active Brake Assist emergency braking and Predictive Powertrain Control systems.

The new trucks follow the order for 18 Ategos in December 2018. Paul Marrow, operations director, Samworth Brothers said: “We’ve felt from the outset that Mercedes-Benz really wanted our business and had a fantastic vehicle which could meet our high expectations. So it’s proved.”

The operator maintains its trucks in-house with Mertrux managing parts stock. “We spend a lot on fuel, so economy has obviously been a huge factor in our decision-making process. We’re getting a better mpg performance from our first Actros than we do from other, comparable vehicles, and I’m very excited about the additional benefits in terms of further reductions in diesel consumption which the new models offer,” Marrow said.

Samworth Brothers operates 120 trucks and 230 trailers of various configurations. The bigger, flat-floored Actros are on nationwide distribution work, much of which entails pulling double-deck trailers, and the smaller models have local duties.

“The fact that the 10.7-litre Actros are so much more compact, and offer better low-down visibility, makes life easier for drivers.”

“These trucks are interchangeable between shunting and distribution activity, though, which means we have the flexibility we need within the fleet,” Marrow said.

Samworth Brothers Paul Marrow, left, is pictured with colleagues Dave Alexander, transport manager (centre) and Ian Cooper, fleet manager

www.samworthbrothers.co.uk

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