First Volvo FL Urban Artics enter service with Robinsons Brewery

The UK’s first new-series Volvo FL Urban Artics have entered service with Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery.

The 24-tonnes GCW, 4x2 tractor units were supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, Trafford Park, Manchester.

Logistics manager Mathew Heath said the two new Volvo Urban Artics will be delivering beer, wines, spirits and soft drinks to Robinsons 300 pubs as well as free trade customers on both sides of the Pennines, Wales and the Midlands.

“Manoeuvrability is crucial for drays,” explained Heath.

“The Medium cab FLs, which are plated for 24 tonnes GCW operation, have a 3070mm wheelbase and will be coupled to 7.9 metre, single axle trailers.” 

“By working with Volvo engineers to optimise the chassis packaging for Euro-6, the new FL Urban Artics’ wheelbase of 3070mm is the same as that of the previous FL model operated by Robinsons Brewery.”

Specification of the new FL Urban Artics includes rear air suspension with remote control wander lead, I-Sync 6-speed, overdrive automated gearbox, EBS+ package (including Traction Control and Hill Hold), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), heated, air-suspended driver’s seat with belt in seat. Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking are also fitted together with Lane Keeping warning system.

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