Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), an international real estate management company has taken delivery of 77 Citroën Berlingo and 21 Citroën Dispatch vans.
The vehicles will be used by JLL’s specialist service engineers who look after the building maintenance for the HSBC UK banking network, their remit includes working on air conditioning, lifts, electrics, plumbing along with day to day repairs.
After an extensive purchase review that considered capital and whole life costs, Citroën was placed ahead of the competition by JLL. JLL in particular was keen on the Berlingo’s standard Citroën Trafficmaster telematics system, which includes Smartnav intelligent satellite navigation and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking. This system includes the option to upgrade, at low cost, to include Fleet Director real-time fleet management, which enables JLL to supply their engineers with a fully integrated PDA communication system.
A JLL spokesman said: "It is very important to us that our engineers’ vehicles help them deliver their required tasks, the Citroën team understood our requirements and went the extra mile to secure the deal. In particular, the Fleet Director real-time communication system has helped us move our engineers away from form filling to using time efficient and fully connected PDA systems. Fleet Director made this an easy move for JLL, as it meant we did not have to fit additional hardware into the vehicles. What’s more, the engineers are very happy with this move.”
Martin Hamill, Citroën’s Director off fleet and used vehicles said: "We are delighted that JLL chose Citroën to be their partner following a very detailed review of their operational and technological requirements and look forward to seeing the vans going about their business in high streets across the country."
JLL’s order for 98 vans was supplied by Citroen dealer, Perrys Fleet Direct, Luton. The vans are operated on 36 month/90,000 mile, with maintenance contract hire agreements.
JLL’s Berlingo vans are fitted with rear parking sensors and half height bulkheads with upper mesh grilles. The Dispatch vans have rear parking sensors and full steel bulkheads. All the vehicles have bespoke Bott racking and tooling, including fold-out vice platforms and general accessories such as skin care systems, first aid kits and fire extinguishers.
Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services company specialising in real estate services and investment management. After a major company restructure, JLL now in-sources all required property management services.