So impressed is Exeter-based Parsons Nationwide Distribution with the safety and efficiency of its latest-generation Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units that it has just commissioned its first rigid truck bearing the three-pointed star.
Purchased from City West Commercials, the manufacturer’s dedicated truck Dealer for the South West, the 26-tonne Actros came with a full complement of ground-breaking technology, including MirrorCam, Active Brake Assist 5, enhanced Predictive Powertrain Control and the optionally upgraded Multimedia Cockpit, interactive.
The 2540 L model has a 2.3m-wide StreamSpace cab and a 10.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 290 kW (394 hp). Its reinforced curtainside body is by TWR Commercial Bodybuilders, of Cullompton, which also fitted a tuckaway tail-lift with 2.0-tonne capacity.
Parsons Nationwide Distribution offers a broad portfolio of transport, distribution and storage services. It has been running Mercedes-Benz tractor units since 2000, and Actros since 2010, but until now has always favoured Swedish-built trucks at lower gross weights.
City West Commercials’ Truck Sales Executive Richard Smith is also due next month to supply Parsons with a Mercedes-Benz Atego 12-tonner, which is currently being fitted with its curtainside body by AG Bracey, in Bristol.
The family-owned operator became one of the first UK customers for the fifth-generation Actros range when it acquired a single vehicle in 2018. Shortly before its new six-wheeler entered service, the Dealer delivered a pair of 330 kW (450 hp) Actros 2545 BigSpace tractor units, one of which is fitted with a PTO (power take-off) for work with a tipping trailer.
The Pallet Track network member also added two Actros tractor units last year, and Mercedes-Benz now accounts for nine of the vehicles on its mixed-marque fleet of 53 trucks. Although most are tractor units, the line-up includes 20 rigids at 7.5-32 tonnes GVW.
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